This beautifully made candle is actually quite easy to make. We made this one for Valentine's Day, but you can do any design you like.Sliced Candle
A great way to use up all your little bits of leftover wax is to make a beautiful and quirky sliced candle. Follow the instructions and see how it is done.Drilled Candles
Drilled candles are fun to make and interesting to look at, this step-by-step takes you through the entire process.
Palm candle wax is a great alternative to paraffin and gel wax.
Palm candle wax is made from palm butter which is derived from the fruits of the palm tree. This makes it a green alternative to traditional candles as it is a non petroleum based product.
Palm oil is sourced from local and international palm plantations. As long as the trees grow, fruit can be harvested to produce palm oil without harming the trees, making this a green product and a renewable resource. Crafty Corner's palm wax is manufactured within SA.
Palm wax candles burn cleanly with no risk of breathing in harmful vapours or carcinogens. As conventional candle wax is manufactured as a by-product of the petroleum refining industry, when burned they release soot and harmful vapours into the atmosphere.
Soya based wax is also a good alternative to traditional candle wax, however we have found that some people react to soya candles, and there are documented cases of many people with soya based allergies. A palm wax candle is almost completely non-allergenic, it is a totally natural product of cosmetic grade and will naturally biodegrade.Usage:
Due to the low melting point of the wax, it is a lot more friendly and easier to work with than traditional paraffin wax, but this does mean that the palm wax has to be used in a container due to its softness. When in use it will form a pool of warm wax around the wick covering the total surface of the candle. This warm wax can be used in massage or as moisturizing body butter.
As in traditional paraffin candles you can scent palm wax, but a great advantage is that you can add up to 3% - 5% essential oils to the mixture. It is advised that when you use essential oils to make sure that that they are from a reputable source and that you test them first. It is also strongly advised that you ensure that you are aware of all the properties of the particular oil that you are using as these oils are known to enhance effect or react to people in different ways e.g. Neroli oil can cause some people to become agitated and aggressive if in high concentrations, the reverse of what is often advertised.
Palm wax by itself has almost no noticeable fragrance when cold or even when in use. Though palm wax is slightly off white in colour, you can add dyes to colour it. We advise that this is not done as it will not only change the natural nature of the wax, but it can also add impurities into the wax and thus negate any of the natural goodness you are looking for. In addition, dyes could also stain your skin if you used it in massage.
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Candles are one of the oldest crafts out there and have been going ever since the days of the Romans. Beeswax and tallow were the main ingredients used for candle making until the 1850's. This is when it was discovered that paraffin wax could be obtained form petrol, coal or wood.
Candles were traditionally made by repeatedly dipping the wick in melted tallow.
You will have lots of equipment on hand that can be converted permanently to candle making equipment. How serious you are about candle making will affect the decisions you make about purchasing equipment. When you begin candle making, you can do so on a shoe-string budget. When you become hooked on candle making and can no longer stand all the improvising tools you can slowly grow your equipment.
The essential items listed below in order of importance:
Working with wax
Being a relatively dangerous craft it would strongly recommend that you read up a bit about the dangers and precautions before you get started.