Most of us have found a new hobby during the lockdowns in 2021. If this past year has taught us anything, it’s that we all have a creative side. So many of us picked up a camera, a paint brush, an instrument and maybe even some candle making supplies. Here’s our guide on how to start making candles from home in 2022 as a beginner.
Hobby vs Business
You need to ask yourself if you’re going to be making candles as a hobby or as a business (even if it’s a side business). Here are some things to consider when deciding if you will make candles as a hobby or as a business.
Do you have enough time to dedicate to a candle making business?
A candle making business requires a lot of work, including product research and development, marketing, advertising, selling online or in store, keeping inventory…actually making candles, the list goes on. Don’t let this never-ending list scare you, every business requires a lot of effort and hard work. Instead, let this list be a reminder of the fun ride you’re in for.
On the other hand, a candle making hobby is way easier because it requires less time, cost and entails minimal risk.
Do you have enough money to buy candle making supplies?
My biggest tip for beginner candle makers is to purchase an affordable Studio Artifact DIY Candle Making Kit which is perfect for starting a candle making hobby. Our candle kits contain quality professional candle making supplies in the one kit so that you don’t have to source them separately yourself. Here’s what’s included in our candle making kits:
- Soy or coconut soy wax
- Reusable silicone moulds
- Wicks and tools
- Fragrance oils
- Wax dye
- Stirring sticks
All of our kits come with step-by-step instructions and a video Candle Making Tutorials to guide you on your new candle making journey. You can pick a candle kit that fits your budget and still get bang for your buck as most of our kits make 2-3 candles!
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There are many candle making suppliers and wholesalers all over Australia. A lot of the supplies you can only order in bulk as they are intended for commercial sale. If you didn’t find what you were after in our candle making kits, I always I suggest ordering individual supplies from a wholesaler first to test them out before committing to a large wholesale order and a legitimate candle making business.
Have you done proper research on candle making?
People who make candles as a hobby say, “candle making is an art” but professional candle makers say, “candle making is a science”. That’s because experienced candle makers know that candle making requires testing formulas, methods and supplies to get it just right! That’s why Studio Artifact pre-measures the wax and fragrance oil in our Candle Making Kits and provides you with easy to follow step by step instructions, detailed Candle Making Tutorials AND video tutorials, so that you can get it just right too!
If you’re going pro, make sure to research and compare candle making supplies to make sure they are the right ones for you. You’ll be able to find this information on your supplier’s website or blog.
The Candle Making Supplies You’ll Need
These candle making supplies are a must. We recommend buying sample sizes to test out which combinations and formulas work best.
We recommend soy wax or coconut soy wax as these are 100% plant-based waxes and offer the cleanest burn. Bees’ wax is another option but keep in mind that it is not vegan friendly. We stay away from paraffin wax because it comes from crude oil and is not eco-friendly.
The size of your wicks will depend on the size and length of the mould you use or the size and diameter of the jar you use. There are heaps of wicks on the market including HTP wicks, braided cotton wicks, wooden wicks and pre waxed wicks.
Mould or Jar
We love silicone moulds because they are reusable. You only need one mould and can make endless candles with it! Check our out range of funky Candle Making Moulds. We recommend our 6 Cavity Bubble Candle Making Mould because it’s a 6 in 1 mould. It allows you to test 6 different formulas side by side or you can pour and demould 6 candles at a time!
If you’re saving money, try using an old candle jar or a heatproof bowl you have at home as your candle jar. You could even pick up some unique jars from a thrift store and make gorgeous upcycled candles from preloved thrifted homeware.
Something to Melt the Wax In
I recommend using the double boiler method if you’re going to be making candles for a hobby. Half fill a pot or pan with water and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Place your wax into a heatproof jar such as a metal pitcher or a glass measuring jar. I recommend investing in one that you will use only for candle wax. If you’re going pro you can invest in a wax melter. They come in different sizes, but they can be really expensive.
If you’ll only be making small amounts of candles, you can get away with a spoon, coffee stirrer, chopstick or skewer. If you’re going to be melting large amounts of wax I recommend getting a cheap wooden spoon specifically for this purpose.
These following supplies are great to have but not necessary, especially if you're not going pro!
You can get away without a thermometer if you’re making candles as a hobby, especially if you make a few candles at a time as small amounts of wax melt quickly and shouldn’t be compromised if you’re using medium heat. Simply follow your wax suppliers’ general instructions.
If you’re making bulk candles I strongly recommend investing in a digital or infrared thermometer to ensure consistency in your candles. You can purchase these on eBay or Amazon.
You can purchase so many different fragrance oils from candle suppliers. Try out some sample scents to find your favourite. This is a great way to experiment on a budget. If you’re using essential oils in your candles make sure to research safe candle ratios and flash points.
You can experiment with additional supplies such as wax dye and crystals. Get creative with it!