Candle Making Wax

Candle making wax is the most important element that goes into making candles of any kind. There are a number of different candle making wax varieties and depending on the kind of candle you are looking at, the kind of wax will vary. The characteristics and appearances of each form of candle making wax is so different and unique, it keeps you wondering about the brilliance of technology and, in some cases, nature.

The most popular form of candle making wax used is the Paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is made of petroleum and is the cheapest form of wax that is available today. Mostly available in chunks, paraffin wax can also be bought in the form of powder, something that's easier to melt. Paraffin wax is available in almost any conceivable colour however you can also choose to buy neutral colours and then make your own combination and colour coding for the wax.

Beeswax for Candles

Beeswax is a natural candle making wax that is obtained from beehives. Available in flat or honeycombed sheets, blocks, pearls or chunks, beeswax have quickly become quite popular amongst candle makers for its softness and low melting point. Most beeswax samples available in the market are pre-coloured however you can also choose to colour them on your own.

Beeswax is one of the stickiest forms of candle making wax available and it is, without doubt, one of the most popular forms amongst children. The only drawback on beeswax is the price factor which is higher than that of paraffin wax. Beeswax also has a natural fragrance ensuring that you don't need to worry about non-scented candles.

Bayberry Wax for Candles

Bayberry wax is also another form of candle making wax that comes from the bayberry shrub. The blue tinted berries that the shrub bears are the source of this aromatic wax which has a natural olive green colour. The wax is expensive and it takes a lot of berries to make a little bit of wax, about 1/3rd in ratio.

One of the newest and fast-becoming-popular forms of candle making wax is the soy wax. Soy wax is a biodegradable wax which can be renewed and re-used. Microwave-melting softness is requires a lot of hardener as well as a thick wick. Candles have a creamy colour when built with soy wax.

Paraffin Candle Wax

Paraffin wax is also available in the form of wax crystals which are easier to melt. This form of candle making wax was introduced to allow children to use paraffin wax to make candles. It comes in a number of colours and scents, making them ideal for children to practice their hand at candle making.

Gel Wax for Candles

Gel wax is the next form of candle making wax that is fast gaining popularity. Easy to use, these transparent gels allow you to put various tiny decorative pieces within the core of the candle, keeping them visible through the transparent gel. These candles are the hardest to make though, requiring direct heat on the pan without any diversion of attention. Remember to heat the gel at low heat unless you will be in for a big bang of a surprise.

Jelly Candle Wax

Jelly candle wax is another form of candle making wax meant specially for children while there are other forms, such as starburst wax, which is primarily used to decorate the outside of the candle.

Depending on your level of experience and expertise at making candles, you should pick the candle making wax variety that suits your style. With time and testing, you will be able to make the perfect candle with almost any kind of candle making wax.

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