They say “accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.” We say “be prepared.” The candle making craft is about successfully manipulating heat and chemicals to create beautiful luminous objects while maintaining a safe environment. To do this, we need to accentuate the don’ts to eliminate the need to say “Oops!”
This short article aims to help you make candles successfully with an emphasis on safety. This time it helps, not by telling you what to do it helps by teaching you the 5 things not to do if you want to be successful at making candles safely at home.
Having said that, here are the 5 things you should avoid:
1. Working in an enclosed area. As wax melts, it vaporizes into the air we breathe. You may be inhaling wax vapor while making candles, and that can’t be a good thing. With the addition of scents and fragrances, you could also compromise your sense of smell in the long run. If at all possible, work in the open or at the very least in a room with wide open windows and an exhaust fan.
2. Keeping candle making equipment in the kitchen. You could easily pick it up and cook dinner with it, serving up bits of wax in the stir fry. Always keep equipment in a separate container, compartment, or a separate room even. You can weed out your battered pots and other old kitchen tools and use these exclusively for your candle making projects.
3. Brushing off spilled wax while it’s still liquid. This just spreads the wax without cleaning it up. Wait till it hardens then pry it off the surface. Should some have spilled on you, brushing it off will spread the hot, burning wax to more skin areas. Run tap water over the affected area it will cool and harden and if the burn isn’t too bad, you can peel the wax off. Don’t use butter either just cool tap water.
4. Skipping the double boiler. Wax is combustible, that’s why we can light it up when it’s a candle. Melting it in a pot directly over a heat source allows the temperature of the wax to rise high enough to burst into flames (this is called the flashpoint). Using a double boiler keeps the wax at a lower temperature while allowing it to melt.
5. Pouring hot wax into a cold glass candle making container. It will always be a temptation to do this but not only might the glass crack, but as the wax cools, it will separate from the glass container leaving a visible space between the candle and the glass. Instead, remember to warm the glass in a warm water bath so that it expands and contracts with the wax, preventing the formation of those air pockets.
Many people find candle making an enjoyable and relaxing hobby and hobbies should not be fraught with worry or anxiety. Steer clear of these 5 missteps and carry out the alternative suggestions and you will enhance your enjoyment of making candles successfully and safely.