By Betty Oppenheimer
This entire consultant to creating your individual candles covers every little thing you must comprehend! With Betty Oppenheimer's illustrated, step by step directions, you'll how one can create rolled, pour, molded, gel, and dipped candles; odor and colour your candles; make precise packing containers and reward packaging on your candles; create luminaria and lanterns; and use specified suggestions, similar to overdipping, portray, layering, and sculpting.
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Extra info for The Candlemaker's Companion: A Complete Guide to Rolling, Pouring, Dipping, and Decorating Your Own Candles
The bottom line is this: If you are making a particular kind of candle without additives and running into a problem that might be eliminated 36 CANDLEMAKER’S COMPANION by using them, give them a try, making sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions for recommended percentages and melting temperature. Always start with a small amount and increase the quantity as needed. However, it is important to remember that anything you add may introduce as many quirks as it eliminates. This is where the kitchen chemistry of candlemaking comes in.
When this is completely melted, slowly add it to your molten wax, stirring constantly for at least 3 minutes! WAX AND ADDITIVES 45 In case you are feeling overwhelmed at this point, let me add that for making most candles, you will need only wick, wax, stearic acid, color and scent if you choose, and the equipment outlined in chapter 5. ORAN WAX COMPANY ADDITIVE PERCENTAGE CHART The Oran Wax Company offers the following chart to aid the candlemaker in figuring out small percentages, 1⁄ 8 percent to 5 percent, for various quantities of wax.
6 pounds (272 g) of beeswax. Another example. Let’s say you need a total of 6 pounds of wax and your formula calls for 85 percent paraffin and 15 percent stearic acid. You can figure out the amount of wax and additives by multiplying the total quantity of material needed by the percentage called for in the recipe. 3 kg). 9 pounds (408 g). Converting Teaspoons and Tablespoons If you start with a recipe that calls for teaspoons or tablespoons, you can convert this from volume to weight by weighing the number of spoonfuls called for in the recipe and multiplying or dividing this weight by the same factor by which you multiply or divide your wax to reach your desired total.
The Candlemaker's Companion: A Complete Guide to Rolling, Pouring, Dipping, and Decorating Your Own Candles by Betty Oppenheimer