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What Makes a Candle??

  WAX There are several different types of wax available today. …… Paraffin Wax Paraffin is a by-product of crude oil and is readily available for sale. It is good for candle making as it is relatively inexpensive (about $1.00/lb) and has a good melt point (135* F) so it burns fairly slow and clean, but can sometimes smoke. But for anyone wanting to make natural or environmentally-friendly candles, this may not be the your best choice. Beeswax This wax gets  2 thumbs up on both quality and being environmentally-friendly! The bees make wax-cells in which they store their honey, so it is a natural wax. It has a very high melt-point (150* F) so it burns very slow, clean and does not smoke like other waxes will. But, because of  this, it can be very … Read entire article »

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Candle Making Links

Candle Making Links

Here are some wonderful link to Suppliers and how-to sites! Cajuns Candle and Soap Making Supplies Bitter Creek Candle Supplies LoneStar Candle Supply Discount Supplies Candle Wic Candles and Supplies LoveTwoKnow- Candle Making Send us an email … Read entire article »

Filed under: Candle Making, Heritage Skills, Sarah LeAnn

Here are some wonderful link to Suppliers and how-to sites!

Cajuns Candle and Soap Making Supplies   Bitter Creek Candle Supplies LoneStar Candle Supply Discount Supplies Candle Wic Candles and Supplies LoveTwoKnow- Candle Making … Read entire article »

Filed under: Candle Making, Sarah LeAnn

Step By Step Candle Dipping

Before you start, gather these items: Wax and color/scent (if wanted) Wicks and dowels( if you are dipping single candles) Cast iron pot, matches, firewood and kindling, Large pot or bucket of ice water (to cool candles between dips)     A rack to hang either looped candles over or to rest dowels on. *Two chairs and two broomsticks will suffice. Set the chairs almost the broom’s length apart with backs facing each other. Rest the ends of the broom on either chair’s back, making a 2-pole rack, open in the center. See picture below:   Chair- broom rack Step-By-Step Instructions for  Hand- Dipping   Start . . . by melting your wax, in the pot over an open fire.  Break your blocks of wax, or old candles (remove old wicks) into small chunks and place those in your pot. *** You do not have to have the pot full … Read entire article »

Filed under: Candle Making, Sarah LeAnn

What Makes a Candle??

  WAX There are several different types of wax available today. …… Paraffin Wax Paraffin is a by-product of crude oil and is readily available for sale. It is good for candle making as it is relatively inexpensive (about $1.00/lb) and has a good melt point (135* F) so it burns fairly slow and clean, but can sometimes smoke. But for anyone wanting to make natural or environmentally-friendly candles, this may not be the your best choice. Beeswax This wax gets  2 thumbs up on both quality and being environmentally-friendly! The bees make wax-cells in which they store their honey, so it is a natural wax. It has a very high melt-point (150* F) so it burns very slow, clean and does not smoke like other waxes will. But, because of  this, it can be very … Read entire article »

Filed under: Candle Making, Heritage Skills, Sarah LeAnn

Candle Making

Candle Making

  She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. Proverbs 31:18  Here on Shepherd’s Hill, I (Sarah) make our candles by the hand-dipping method, in a large cast iron pot over a fire. I will use this page to give information and instructions on how to dip candles and also give some links to good suppliers. I hope you find this page helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to email … Read entire article »

Filed under: Candle Making, Heritage Skills, Plain Lifestyle, Sarah LeAnn