I’ve mentioned before about my love for candles and as someone who enjoys crafts I thought I’d give it a go to make some. I picked up this candle making kit from Hobbycraft a while ago and totally forgot about it until I was having a clear out.
The kit comes with everything you need to make the candles on the front of the box but I decided to use a jar from a previous candle rather than the moulds in the kit. I bought some essential oils to add to the candle mix so I could play around with fragrances, I bought blackberry and vanilla from this seller on eBay.
Melting the wax chips is fairly simple, it’s like melting chocolate over a bain-marie. I then added a squeeze of each oil (I had no idea how much to add but wanted it to smell lovely!) to the melted wax chips. I got the wick ready in the jar and then poured the wax in to cool. The tricky part I found was keeping the wick in the middle of the candle, I used two skewers tied together keeping the wick in-between and balanced over the jar.
Then as I was feeling smug with my candle making skills I noticed that as the wax was setting the centre of the candle was starting to sink and once completely set had sunk quite a bit. After doing a bit of research I’ve found that can happen and I was probably a bit gung ho with my approach to candle making as it appears there is a bit more science behind melting wax!
Sink hole aside I was pretty please with my candle, I’ve had it burning in the lounge for a few days and the smell is beautiful, perfect for those cosy nights in!