How to Make Column Candles

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Column candles are very similar to taper candles, but they are wider and usually shorter than tapers. The top of column candles isn’t pointed like on a taper candle. Instead, it greatly resembles the top of a volcano which is a really neat look. Column candles are very pretty and distinct so I really enjoy making them. They have a classic look to them that is timeless. These candles have a ridge design rather than a smooth design like the column candles so they are unique. They add beauty and charm to any environment. Making your own column candles is very easy with simple candle instruction.

Column candles burn for hours on end, making them a great investment of both your time and supplies to make them. On average, column candles burn for around thirty to forty hours. Column candles do not produce smoke or dripping, making them very popular to use indoors. Some people experience frustration looking for holders to put their column candles in. They will fit all standard tea light holders and spiked base holders though.

You will need some basic items to start making column candles including wax, molds, wick, color, and fragrance with these candle instructions. The fragrance is option, but definitely adds appeal to your column candles and is almost always used when making candles. To melt the wax properly, you will need a double boiler that you can get at any candle supply store. You will want to make sure you use high quality paraffin wax to make your column candles. Bees wax looks beautiful, but does not hold up well with the structure of the column candle just so you are aware when choosing wax types for this candle. Too much heat will cause a column candle made of bees wax to ooze all over, creating a mess as well as a candle that isn’t too pretty to look at which you definitely do not want to happen. As you can see, having some candle instruction before you begin will really hep to eliminate any errors that might happen as you are creating your candles.

To ensure the design of your column candles is perfect, coat the inside of the molds with a special spray for them which you can purchase. You can also get the same results using a non-stick cooking spray and that is typically a cheaper option. After you have melted the wax, dip the wick in it. You will want the wick to be several inches longer than the top of your mold. Insert the wick from the bottom of the mold. Hold it securely in the middle of the mold by tying the top of the wick to a pencil that lies across the top of the mold. They also sell popsicle sticks with holes in them which you can use for this too in order to make it hold in place.

This is the point in the process where you will want to add any color or fragrance to the melted wax. As soon as you have mixed it together, pour the hot wax into the candle molds. If you allow the wax to start cooling before you pour it the candles will have lumps in them so remember now to do that. You can remove your finished candles from the molds as soon as they have completely cooled. Snip the excess wick to about 1/4 inch of the top of the candle so there is just enough wick to light at the top.

If you want to be more creative, you can add leaves or pressed flowers to the candles using a thin layer of decoupage medium onto the back of it which creates some really unique looks. Immediately press it onto the candle, holding it in place for a few seconds. To make ice crystal column candles, put crushed ice in the mold before adding the hot wax for a fun look. For additional craft ideas, consider looking in a book or on the internet to learn some more candle instruction tips. You will find some really neat column candle crafting ideas that are quite simple to imitate with your own special flair.

Column candles are very unique in their look and appeal which is why they are a candle I really enjoy making. You can make them without any difficulty if you follow this simple candle instruction. These candles make lovely centerpieces as well as personalized gifts for any occasion or holiday. You can find all the supplies you need to make quality column candles at your local craft stores as well as on the internet so the materials should be readily available for you to use when you would like to create a beautiful candle.


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