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Easy Candle Making With Candle Making Jars

Jar candles are without doubt one of the easiest types of candle to make and they have the added advantage that you can have so many different designs just by using a different type of container.
Containers can be as simplistic and functional as the traditional Mason or canning jars (which are always a popular option) or as ornate as a specially crafted piece of glassware from your local craft shop or candle suppliers.
And, of course, there is everything in between.
If you are frugally-minded and concerned about doing your bit for the environment, then feel free to use recycled glassware from your kitchen cupboard.
Baby food jars make attractive little candles and I have seen some squat pickle jars with intricate embossed patterns in the glass which would make lovely more substantial candles.
As with anything, however simple it is, there are always little tips and tricks which will make your life easier and give you a better finished product, if only you had known before you started.
This is exactly the case when making jar candles.
You may learn from experience but it's far easier to learn from the experts.
The first thing is to get organised.
Get all your equipment together and laid out before you start.
For making jar candles, all you will need are your containers, lengths of wick, wick holders, container blend wax, color and fragrance as desired.
You will, or course, need your double boiler on the stove.
Before you start, make sure your containers are not only clean and perfectly dry, but also pre-heated.
This will largely avoid the problem of having 'wet' spots in your glass jars.
This is not actually wet but just a place where the wax is not adhering properly to the glass and it is like a little air pocket.
There is no way to completely prevent this problem, but if you pre-heat your containers, it certainly helps.
If you are making a quantity of jar candles, then this can be easily done by putting the containers on a cookie sheet in a warm oven - about 150 degrees is just right.
This is warm enough to heat the jars but not so hot that it begins to melt the wicks.
If you are only making one or two, you can just quickly zap them with a heat gun.
You will need to stick one end of your wick into the center of the bottom of your container and this is easier if you have pre-assembled wick tabs on your wicks.
Then attach your wick bars to the top of the container to keep the wicks centered.
When the wax is completely melted, you can add your color and/or fragrance - make sure this is blended and stirred in well.
Once you have carefully poured the wax into your container, check that your wick is still well centered.
Let the wax cool slowly - which may take from several hours to overnight for the wax to completely hardened - and then trim your wicks.

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