Sunday, 16 December 2007

How to make a gel candle

How to make a gel candle with an aquatic theme
By John Caldecott.

The beach is always well-loved by many people. This is a picture of peace and serenity. “Beach” as a theme is

really common for parties, fashion, videos and… candles? Yes, it is possible. The candle industry is now getting

experimental about the designs to use. With candles usefulness, it could also be made in such a way that it could

fit into the modern way of living- that is trendy and comfortable.

Trendy- bracing some dashes of style, candles could be very good accessories for the home. In order for you to

bring that fun atmosphere of the beach, why not bring that sand and sea mood at home?

These helpful tips may let you try more options:

1. Find a container that would best hold into form the candle you have in mind. Make sure that you will be

using non-flammable containers. Use glass if available, they could show the gel, choose something with a touch of

aqua blue.

2. Plan to have the wick like about 1.5 inches from the sides and dribble a spot of hot glue on the bottom of

the container you used.

3. Stick the wink on the hot glue and let it cool down for a few minutes. Don’t use cotton as core wick, zinc

is the best choice.

4. For the gel, cut the gel wax into small parts or cubes and place it into a container and heat it up. Make

sure that the heat is not too hot or too cold. 200 Fahrenheit could make it melt well.

5. Maintain the advised temperature until such time that the wax would melt and turn into a smooth and a bit

thick liquid. For more attractive effects, you could use coloring materials that would create a better effect to

the product.

6. Do not use coloring materials that would make the gel lose its transparency. Ignore the use of water-based

and paste dyes as a combination. They do not complement each others components.

7. Pour ¼ of essential oil or gel scent for more effects that would make the candle “marketable”. When pouring

such, add more wax cubes if there is a “cloudy” effect on the liquid.

8. Scents you use must be alcohol-free. For the aquatic theme, choose a “cool” scent than those which are

fruity or musky.

9. When you are about to pour the candle liquid on a container, set a level mark and make sure that the liquid

will not pass over it. Put some seashell beads, aquarium gravel, sand, aqua blue glitter, pebbles, and others. Do

it by layer.

10. Make it a point to preheat the container (150 degrees). This would minimize the presence of bubbles that

may ruin the form of the finished product.

11. Then pull up the wick and be sure that it goes up in the center of the candle. Let the candle cool

down for 3-4 hours. Trim the wick at about ¼ inch.

12. You could vary the designs of your aquatic candles by mixing and matching colors and objects like starfish

and clouds, sand and stars, boat prints and pebbles are just a few of the numerous possibilities.

The sea, sand, bikinis, waves, hats, flip flops… the beautiful sights one summer afternoon could be reflected by

your home made candles. This could set off as a mere past time but entrepreneurial opportunities may knock on your door.

Gel candles are easy to make, affordable, convenient, and they could be those attractive possessions of your home.

Godbless, John Caldecott

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