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Video:How to Make Dipped Candle Torches

with Matt Ediger

Learn how to make dipped candle torches at home. Here, see step-by-step instructions for how to make dipped candle torches easily.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Dipped Candle Torches

Hi I'm Matt Ediger for About.com, and today I'll be instructing you on the basics of candle making.

Notes About How to Make Dipped Candle Torches

Before we get into the actual business of making candles we should impart some safety info. Candle making can be dangerous, you'll be dealing with hot liquids which can scald, and once you're finished fire, only use this guide if you feel comfortable working with these elements.

Where to Find Wax to Make Dipped Candle Torches

You should be able to find candle wax at most craft stores, there are several varieties to choose from depending on what kind of candle you want to make. There is wax that's good for pouring into molds, bees wax, gel type wax, and dipping wax which is what we’re using and demonstrating today. There are even complete kits that have wicks, molds, scents, and all the wax you'll need.

Supplies for Making Dipped Candle Torches

To make your standard dipped taper candle you will need at least the following. Candle wax, which is different from other kinds of wax do to its melting point. Candle wax melts at a higher temperature than other waxes. You will also need a pot to melt it in you can use just about any pot out there but once you use it for making candles that’s about all it will be good for from now on. Wicks, these come in different lengths and widths. The last element is a heat source. This is all that's required to make your basic taper candle. A good optional extra to consider is a thermometer.

Instructions for Making Dipped Candle Torches

We'll start by melting our wax into the pot, you can use a double boiler method if you so desire, and this will help keep the wax from overheating, over 212 and you’ll risk your wax bursting into flames. This is where a thermometer comes in handy; the optimal temperature for dipping is 160, which will give you a nice smooth candle. If the wax gets around 150 you will get a more rustic, pioneer style. Once your wax is fully liquefied you can begin to make your candle. Take your wick and slowly dip it into the wax, let it sit for a second or two before removing it. Once out of the wax let it cool before re-immersing into the wax. Repeat this process until your candle has reached the desired thickness this will typically take a few minutes. You can add color or scents to your candles as well by melting or adding them to your melt pot. It can take some practice to get the technique down, don’t get discouraged if your first few attempts don’t look very good. As you can see my first attempt is more of along the lines of the pioneer style. But, as long as your having fun that's what's important.

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