Candle Making Supplies List & Equipment


Following is the list of things that you need for candle making

portable burner
disadvantages to using your kitchen stove:
craft clutter around stove and food
wax overheating on a hot range smokes and smells bad
burner must be able to boil water well, must have temperature control. Look for smooth surface burners as opposed to heat coils--easier to clean
place burner in a safe place and where electrical cord is not in the way
melting pitcher
preferably stainless steel with a pouring lip and handle--easy to pour
double boiler
alternative to using melting pitcher only, used for children novelty candles, and when wax does not need to be poured too hot(ex:chunkmaking)
candy thermometer
is essential to good Candle making and safety. Finish is very dependent on temperature at pouring time. Buy at supermarket or where cooking wares are sold. Must be able to reach 400F
heavy duty aluminum foil/wax paper
Cover pouring area with foil or wax paper. It is easy to peel off hardened wax on these materials. Get heavy duty aluminum foil, because it is much easier to use with wax and tears less easily than the cheap kind
paper towels
can clean up melted wax in pitchers quickly
baking soda(wax fire extinguisher)
use as a wax fire extinguisher NEVER USE WATER TO EXTINGUISH A WAX FIRE. This only spreads the flame. Throw on a fire to extinguish the flame
wax paper cups
If your melting pitcher is needed for another candle project, pour extra wax into wax paper cups(Dixie cups or larger). Cups can easily be peeled off when wax is needed to be melted again for additional pourings. Good for storing unused colored/scented wax in small amounts for reuse later
shallow baking pans to make chunks
actually any kind of container that can hold melted wax can be used. Ice cube trays, including novelty ice cube trays, candy mold trays(plastic mold trays may need to be sprayed with mold release prior to pouring)
pour sheets of wax to be cut into chunks or cut with small cookie cutters to make cute chunks
flat pot or griddle pan to even candle bases
small flat griddle pan or pot that can be easily cleaned to level candle bases
measuring spoons
measure additives. 1/2 tsp, tsp and tbsp. most commonly used
wooden skewers or metal knitting needles
for stirring and poking the well. Heavy duty is best
for handling hot pitchers of wax and boiling water
wick rod
any small rod that is strong enough to tie the wick to in mold setups--pencils, small skewers, strong wire rods, etc
mold sealer(Poster Putty, white)
white poster putty works well(white so as not to discolor the mold)
to wick plastic molds
for wicking and finishing
It is best to use dyes specifically for Candle making, as color and the amount used can affect the burning quality of the candle. Crayons (use Crayolas, do NOT use cheap crayons) can only be used in small amounts for pastel colors only 1/2 crayon per lb. at most.
scents artificial (any oil based fragrance - perfumes, natural or essential oils, potpourri refresher oils, aromatherapy blends)
Remember, experimentation is necessary with scents. Some scents, especially some true essential oils smell differently, some smell terribly, when heated(or overheated). Try not to use scented oils that are added to a carrier base(scented massage oils, etc). These additional oils bring unnecessary additive to your wax and can affect the burning quality, although careful experimentation may bring an acceptable balance between good burning quality and an interesting candle appearance. Watch out, too much scent(too much of anything, really) can damage molds.
This is a long explanation on scents because scent can be the most expensive additive in Candle making. For beginners, buy an inexpensive oil, like a home fragrance lamp ring oil. These oils are meant to be heated and can work well. Many oils not specifically made for Candle making may smell strong at first when the candle is newly made but slowly lose its scent. Scents specifically made for Candle making hold their scent over time the best.
Exacto or any smooth edged knife for cleaning seam lines
excellent for buffing to remove fingerprints and surface "imperfections"

other Candlemaking supplies

These most likely need to be purchased at a craft shop, art supply store, or special ordered from a manufacturer or retailer.

candle molds

stearic acid

plastic additives

mold stands