Pillar candles add a stylish touch of elegance to your home and even to your dinner table as part of a centerpiece which is why they are a great choice for making candles at home. I have even seen then used before on the tables at wedding receptions in the same colors of the wedding theme which was a very nice decoration. Pillar candles come in all colors and scents just ilk any candle. They are called pillars simply because they are round and tall like a pillar. There is no standard size, as pillar candles come in many widths and heights of all dimensions. Occasionally, pillar candles are found with a unique design such as a ridge on the top and bottom so those are neat shapes to look for when candle making at home.
Making pillar candles is actually pretty simple to do. This type of candle is one of the most common for candle makers to start off with especially for beginners. To make pillar candles, you will first need molds. You can find them in all sizes at most craft stores and candle making stores. You can also get them online because most online auction sites including Ebay offer several pillar candle molds for great prices. These pillar molds can be found make of silicon, aluminum, or plastic. For best results, I like to work with candle molds that are made of aluminum. They allow the wax to cool better which results in a smooth finish on the candles. They are also very durable which is nice if you are going to use them for quite some time.
To get started, decide on the size of candles you want to make at home and how many you will create at one time. There are charts in candle making books and on the internet that can help you determine how many pounds of candle wax you will need to complete your projects so you know how much to purchase. You will also need dye to color the candles and fragrances if you wish to add that to your candles instead of keeping them just the same color of the wax.
You will also need a quality wick to make pillar candles perfect. The wider the candle you will be making, the wider wick you want so that it will light well when you use it. To make this easier, simply purchase a standard type of wick available at candle supply stores. You can braid three pieces together to make a thicker wick for wider candles which is really fun to do! Many of the pillar candle molds have a wick holder built that makes it really easy to do candle making at home. You simply slide a wick the diameter of the whole into it which eliminates the guesswork with doing this perfectly on your own. Make sure you dip the wick into the melted wax before attaching it to the candle mold. Keeping the wick in place can be tricky. A good tip is to cut the wick several inches longer than you need. Then tie it to a pencil or skewer sitting across the top of the candle mold. This will ensure the wick is centered as the candle begins the cooling process because it holds it exactly in place.
Once your candle wax is at the proper temperature, then you can add in anything you want to your candle including dye, scents, and additives. Immediately after, pour the hot wax into the pillar candle molds. Do not pour wax all the way to the top of the mold though. You want to leave about four or five inches unfilled so it does not spill out over the top.
The you will need to leave the candles to cool down for quite some time depending on the thickness it might be a number of hours. Pillar candles need some further assistance during the cooling process. Once the top of the wax has started to become solid, you will need to add small relief holes to help with shrinkage. If you do not create these relief holes your candles will get air pockets in them that keep them from hardening properly.
Once the candles have completely cooled, pour melted wax into the holes you created on the candle to fill them up. Be sure the wax is about fifteen degrees hotter than what you had the wax at the first time you poured it. Allow the candle to completely cool down again. Your candles should slide out of the molds easily. If they don’t you can put them in the refrigerator for half an hour and this will really help. Your candles should be smooth and beautiful once out of the mold. Make sure to trim the wick and you are ready to burn your pillar candles that you have learned candle making at home.
Pillar candles are simply beautiful any way you make them. The simple design typically fits well with the decorations in any room of your home. These candles make excellent gifts and center pieces for celebrations as well. Pillar candles are easy to make and the supplies are inexpensive. This makes pillar candle making an excellent project, hobby, or even money making project if you decide to sell them for profit. Pillar candles burn for hours, ensuring you will get hours of enjoyment from your endeavors. I hope that you now have a better understanding of candle making at home for pillar candles.