Candles today are very popular options for developing one's creativity and thus producing gift articles that will be remembered for some time. Though you can find many types of candles in gift shops for presentations, creating your own imaginative candles prove to be much more invigorating and pleasing to the recipient.
The main thing required to make candles is candle wax which can be found in many types. Each type of candle wax is again divided into different types of wax like different types of paraffin wax having different melting points. You have to choose the right candle wax for your candle depending on your intention for the candle.
Candles meant to warm a room need to be made with candle wax with a higher melting point where the candle burns longer. However, remember that colorants and fragrances that are added to the candle wax to enhance its appearance tend to change the melting point of the candle wax. This is because the wax becomes impure. So make sure that you make it a point to find out the effects of the candle wax before buying it.
Paraffin candle wax is petroleum based and cheaper than other forms of wax. It is found in powder and chunk form and can be bought precolored or you can add your own colors to it. Paraffin candle wax is the most preferred type of candle wax today. Next you have beeswax which is made from the wax found in bee hives. Beeswax is found as honeycomb sheets, chunks, blocks or as pearls and is usually precolored. Since beeswax is precolored, there is seldom a need of adding fragrance to it. As this wax has a low melting point and melts with contact with your hand, it is better to add some candle hardener to it for easier handling.
Bayberry candle wax was first found in America as an alternative to tallow. It comes from the bayberry shrub needs no addition of color or fragrance as it is aromatic naturally and dries to olive green color. However, this is an expensive form of candle wax. Soy wax is a new candle wax and is biodegradable and soft. You need to add some hardener to soy wax when handling it.
Wax crystals are made from paraffin wax, and need no heating when making candles and are thus safe for children. This candle wax is found in crystal form and is premixed with colors and hardeners with prepackaged treated wicks. Gel candle wax is the candle wax used to make candles having bubbles in the wax. It is made from a combination of mineral oil and gelling agent and is clear with a rubbery texture. Gel wax is difficult to heat where the temperature has to be closely monitored where the longer it is heated, the less the bubbles that are formed in the candle.
Among all the waxes available, Paraffin is the most popular wax used by candle makers throughout the world. Beeswax, soy wax, palm wax, gels, and synthesized waxes are blended with other waxes and are used to make candles for the U.S. market. We cannot decide on which wax is the most suitable one since all candle waxes when produced in with a high quality have been shown to burn cleanly and safely. Till date there isn't any candle wax that has shown to be lethal or unsafe to human health. You won't get any kind of soot-free wax anywhere in the world. It is well known that all organic compounds when burnt will emit some carbon particles due to incomplete burning. The soot is formed chiefly due to the wick length and disturbance of the flame's balanced tear shape.
Jelly candle wax comes in tubes, looks like hair gel, is presented and precolored and is great for kids. Starburst wax is candle wax used more for the decoration of the candle, than for making the candle. So it can be seen that there are many different types of candle wax for you to choose from when you venture to make some candles; it is up to you to choose the type of candle wax you want to work with. Experimenting with the various candle wax types will give you an idea of which one will be most suitable to work with.
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