That's how people that can endlessly watch the water and fire - natural disasters grant him strength and peace. The decoration can use a variety of elements, brings us closer to nature - ornamental gardens and fountains, flower vases and fireplaces. But perhaps the most unique atmosphere of comfort and intimacy, we help to create candles. If you make candles with their hands, the interior of your home is truly unique and different. In it add a touch of warmth and comfort.
Original candles with your own hands can be a universal souvenir, bearing a practical purpose, coupled with aesthetic pleasure. In addition, the handwritten manufacture of candles takes a bit of time and money, while bringing enormous pleasure like the one who makes them, and to whom they give.
Many people like to put candles on the shelves and store them as a souvenir, and some of their lights and enjoy the contemplation of a flame for a few hours. Scented candles, purchase or make your own hands, immersed in a world of bliss and dreams and gives an unforgettable experience. By the way, the production of candles with your own hands can be a fascinating hobby.
What sort of tools and materials you need to stock up for the hand-made? For the first experience of creation of candles with your own hands you can use any means available.
Tools and materials
So, you can help in your job?
pan (in order to create a water bath)
vessel (which will melt the wax)
coli (one - for mounting the wick and the other - to stir the wax)
shaped candle (in the middle of each form you need to do a small hole);
decorative elements, which you can decorate your creation.
For the manufacture of candles with your own hands, you will need materials such as:
cotton thread from 100% cotton,
simple household candles or candle stubs of old.
And now we'll step by step, how to make candles by hand. Please be patient and imagination!
For the production of wax, paraffin or a gel candle wick necessarily need. It can be made from any of cotton yarn in which no synthetic impurities. Very original look candle with colored threads floss as a wick.
Ideal wick in each case is determined individually. Its texture and thickness depends on the thickness of that part of the candle, which is for burning. For example, some decorative candles are made up in part of combustible materials, and which burns only the core. In that case, if you cast the candle wax should take thick yarn and twisting them too tightly. For paraffin and gel candles need to use thin tightly twisted yarn to the combustion of the wick is not smoked. Remember one more detail: at coloring candle wax crayons small chips can not be dissolved in wax or paraffin, scoring with a wick.
Such nuances in the work of a lot, so every time you need to select a specific type of wick through trial and error. Too thick a wick will lead to the fact that the candle will melt and will unnecessarily soot. Too thin wick is extinguished without end.
The wick for wax or paraffin candles can pigtail braid, braid rope or crochet. It would be better if you candles before pouring wax impregnated yarn, but some combine the two processes.
For the production of paraffin wax candles and suit a variety of forms of plastic and metal. It can be tins, molds for the production of biscuits, chocolates and packaging of yogurts, jars of creams under, as well as the glasses and cups, which are able to withstand heat up to 100 ° C. The choice of form is limited only by your imagination. If desired, even milk Tetra can be used as a mold.
For the first experience of candle making can take the simplest form of a cup of yogurt. Remove the paper label - it can catch fire, and a candle in the cup will cool more quickly and evenly. Exactly in the middle of the bottom of the cup thick needle Do the hole and insert the wick into it ready, securing it with the outside of the bundle. The location of the node is the top of the candle as shading will be "upside down" and reduce the flow bundle paraffin wax or stearin through a hole in the bottom of the cup.
Then laid across the glass at any wand - a pencil, brush, toothpick. She tying the other end of the wick. It should be located strictly in the middle flat in a vertical position. Thus, you ensure even burning and melting. After a complete, melting material and chips you can start pouring candles.
The next thing we take tin and flatten it slightly to form a spout - so it will be more convenient to pour molten material. Fold in the candle jar fragments of the same quality. To make wax or paraffin candles can be used for ladle, melting pot or that you do not have much pity. Capacity must necessarily be placed in a pan to steam baths. To work, you can take whatever you are comfortable to use, with the exception of glassware.
As you know, before you make a candle with his hands in a pot to boil water, and then immersed in a container with her wax or paraffin, melting.
In order to ensure you have a truly beautiful candles with their hands, they need to be painted. The simplest and most accepted method is the use of color candles common childhood wax crayons.
Most of the available dyes such as gouache or watercolor, made on the basis of a water-soluble. Such dyes are not suitable for use because they are not mixed with paraffin or wax to float therein turbid flakes, and then sink to the bottom. The color and decoration of candles can be made only fat-soluble dyes, and with which are wax crayons.
Some get used to decorate candles shadow and lipstick. They, of course, can be used if you do not mind, and you are ready to extend their lipstick fragrance throughout the room. When choosing wax crayons should opt for a softer version. The most beautiful candles are obtained from pearl crayons. Solid and melted crayons planed with great difficulty. Choosing the chalk, which will use it to convert a grater or a knife in chips and pour into the candle stubs, carefully mixing stick.
For staining of candles in special pigments are commercially available in tablet form for the different colors that can be mixed with each other, measuring out the amount of dye used. The use of pigments can achieve amazing results - from delicate shades and ending with bright vivid colors. In short, make the original decorative candles with their hands only with the help of various dyes.
Fill a candle
How to make a candle when the wick is ready and the material to fill? Harvested form must be lubricated with a thin layer of vegetable oil and dishwashing liquid. Both methods work equally well.
The bottom of the form and fill it with wax give it to congeal. Just fill in the form is not recommended, otherwise flow out through the hole a lot of material. It is better to pour the wax layers, and that leak through the hole, you may wish to send to the smelter. Completely drenched candle need to slowly cool at room temperature. Do not be trying to speed up the process, place a candle in the freezer, otherwise it will be spread unevenly.
If you fill your candle is not a method of "upside down", you should leave a little wax to fill the depressions near the wick, appearing during drying. When the temperature of the candle reaches room, a knot at the bottom of the form is untied, and the product gently removed by pulling the fuse. If you have trouble, you can cut a form or send it in the freezer just for half a minute, and then put under hot water for a few seconds.
Then you need to cut off the excess portion of the wick, leaving the tip of one centimeter, and the ugly seams of the form can be removed with hot water from the tap. However, this procedure candle cloudy and lost its original luster. Therefore Producing wax candles, choose the form without seams.
Knowledge of aromatherapy helps to make scented candles with your own hands. For this purpose before pouring the wax is added in various essential oils. In principle, scented candles, you can use any oil except pink. The smell of rose oil during combustion becomes heavy and suffocating. By the way, an excellent flavor can be a conventional organic coffee.
You can make the decor candles with their hands, respectively smell of the plants that they will produce when burned. Essential oils of peppermint or laurel green suit candles, and if you add in a candle lavender oil, it is best to use a pink or purple dyes. Essential oils of cinnamon or vanilla "ask" warm colors.
How to make scented candles? Achieve fragrance candle, it is very simple. For this aromatic oil is added to the wax, paraffin or a gel. The rest of the process of manufacturing fragrant candles is no different. By the way, it can be used not only specific odors, but also to mix the oil, creating a veritable bouquet of flavors. If you are in doubt about the compatibility of different smells, use recipes handcrafted spirits. If, of course, does not include such prescriptions rose oil.
Gel candles with their hands
For the manufacture of gel candles usually use their hands ready to gel wax. By the way, on the packaging with the gel mass is often given recipes for candles. However it is possible to prepare a base of gelatin and glycerol. To make such a candle, you will need the following components:
20 ml of water,
2 g of tannin,
35 ml glycerol;
5 g of gelatine.
At the beginning of the tannin is dissolved during heating in 10 ml of glycerol. Then further heated and mixed with remnants of the composition of glycerin and gelatin. The resulting clear solution was added water and the whole mixture is brought to a boil. Temporary turbidity of the solution is gradually disappearing. The solution is boiled until the water has completely evaporated.
The resulting mixture was poured into a refractory glass mold. Candles give a clear and do not spread smoke and odor when burned. If desired, the "body" candles can be colored with special dyes. Gel scented candles are made with their hands in the same manner as Wax - a solution before forming the essential oil is added.
Decorating gel candles with your own hands - a very exciting process, which is a great pleasure. To do this, at the bottom of a transparent container placed any decorative elements: coffee beans, beads or beads, shells and sea pebbles, dried plants or the petals of flowers. Then pour all transparent gel wax. This candle looks quite unusual and literally shines through.
Coffee and marine candles
Decorative candles with their hands produce is also fairly simple. But there is nothing easier than coffee candle, decorated, as you know, coffee beans. For its production a fairly large shape is inserted into a small form. The resulting gap between the walls of the two forms of backfilled coffee beans, which are then filled with candle mass. When the mass of coffee beans with thicken walls blown hot dryer. As a result of the manipulation of the excess wax dripping, and coffee beans are clearly visible.
After the outer layer candles prepared with grains of coffee, it is put back into shape, and the inside is filled with paraffin wax or a different color. Identical to the way you can make candles sea, where coffee beans are used instead of sea pebbles and shells. No less beautiful look transparent gel candles with coffee grains and small shells.
Ideas for decorating candles
Many are concerned about how to decorate a candle with your hands? First, you can use interesting forms for pouring candles and give them personality. Glass coasters also serve as an excellent decor element of candles.
For decoration you can use the special sticker, and if you own decoupage technique, you can decorate a candle conventional or special napkins. However, it should comply with fire safety regulations and use only special varnish for candles.
It can be completely original decoration candles, expanding to fill the form on the edges of dried flowers, shells, pieces of cinnamon or dried fruit and seeds. You can use the coffee beans with beads or sequins. Only in this case carried out the decoration of the finished product by inserting decorations in slightly submelting wax or paraffin. Cooked frozen candle can also be pasted cinnamon sticks or bamboo, combining them with the same coffee beans and anise stars. By the way, this ornament is perfect for aromasvechey.
Remember that the use of fire-dangerous decoration (dried plants or other flammable materials) must be accompanied by a manufacturer of thin wick to the candle melted only in the middle. For a list of candles in the shops sell special contours and markers that do not burn, and melted with paraffin and wax, melting together with them during the burning wick.
For ease of operation, you can not use a candle stubs, and a special candle gel, paraffin beads or ready wicks with metal holder, which are also commercially available. In stores you can even find specially designed floating candle wax.
In short, if you want you can make not only the usual candles and aromatic, and floating, and any fine - coffee, gel or even a luxury gift items. We wish you success in this wonderful creative process! Let the results will please you and the people close to you!
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