Originally posted by SeenMyShare
A simple solution would be to buy your own wax and wicking and make your own. They're very simple and easy to do.
For small amounts, it isn’t that simple. You have molds, wax heating equipment, wax, and wicking you have to get.
You have to get a feeling of what wick size works for different mold sizes, and wax types. Depending on a given mold, you may have to shift the wick
size up or down depending on the wax melting temp to keep it usable. Do you use curling wick, paper cored wick, wire cored wick, wax coated wick. Do
you use flat wick, square wick, round wick,…. On and on……. It all affects how the candle burns and how much light/smoke it produces.
The wax melting is also a problem. You have to have a temp controlled melter, or a double boiler if you are melting it on an uncontrolled heat
Molds are not free.
And finally, a good local source of good wax. Shipping for out of state can cost as much as the wax does. And a lot of online shops have less than
high quality wax. The ones that do, usually charge out the wazu for it. We use to have a store around here that had Shell oil brand wax in 11 pound
slabs in a selection of melt points straight from the refinery. It was good clean stuff. But the stuff that I can find locally now is a bit lacking in
the quality department and they only have one temp grade available which isn’t even denoted on the box. After melting the wax, you have to strain
the debris out of the bottom of the pan. And being limited to one melt point means you will only be able to make one or two types of candles that best
suit the melt point you have available. I know where can get good wax, right from refinery (shell brand), but I have to buy it in one ton shipments
If you are not going to make a large number of pillar or taper candles it is just easier to buy a couple 144 count economy boxes of tapers online,
after testing some from a smaller sample order, and be done with it. You can barely get the wax need to make them at the prices available. And it is a
lot less messy.
If I didn’t already mess with candle making stuff as one of my hobbies, then I would definitely say that IT IS NOT WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
About the only thing worth it is refilling old container candles that you have used up. All you need is wax, wick, wick tab, and double boiler. That
is….. if you can find the right type of wax for them. If you try to use the high melt point hard wax that is designed for taper candles (what is
normally available locally), you will be disappointed with the results. If you have to buy it online and you have to pay over a couple dollars a
pound, then no….. not so much…….. you can probably get container candles on sale locally for less than $2 a pound.