How to make gel candles by gyvwpsjkko

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									?Gel candles are growing in popularity. They work the same as regular wax candles in
the respect that they will burn in the same way that wax candles burn but they are
made a little differently.

Wax candles are made from oil. The same is true with gel candles but they are made
of 95% mineral oil and 5% polymer resin. The resin starts out as a powder but when it
is mixed with the mineral oil it is transformed into a solid state. Gel wax comes in
three different states: high density, medium density, and low density. The higher the
density, the more fragrance the oil can hold. Plus, the thicker gel will hold the
suspended decorations with in the candle. But, keep in mind that the thicker gel takes
longer to meld and it is harder to pour.

The steps that go into making a candle out of regular wax such as melting the wax and
pouring it in a mold to dry are the same steps you need to do in making gel candles.
But, the equipment you use and the techniques are slightly different. With other types
of candle wax most people use a double boiler to melt the wax. But, trying to melt gel
wax in a double boiler would take way too long. Some gel candle makers have turned
to multi-cookers to get the job done. A multi-cooker is kind of like a deep fryer. They
typically are metal with a non-stick coating. They have a separate heating element
with a temperature dial so you can get the proper temperature to melt the gel wax.
Rather then using two separate pots one with water and one to melt the wax in, the gel
wax is placed directly in the multi-cooker to melt. Although the multi-cooker comes
with a temperature dial, it is still a good idea to use a separate thermometer to make
sure that the gel is melted at the proper temperature. Use something metal or hard
plastic to stir the gel wax. Wooden spoons can sometimes add bubbles to the gel. The
most important thing to remember is that gel candle wax can catch fire. Make sure
you have a chemical fire extinguisher near by.

It is also possible to change the color of the gel candle wax by using dyes. Liquid
candle dyes are perfect for gel candles because they can maintain the translucency of
the gel. It only takes a very small amount of the dye to actually change the color of
the wax. Sometimes even a drop of dye is too much. You should never use crayons,
clothing dye, food coloring, or soap dyes in gel candle wax. They will no burn right
because they are not made specifically for candles.

Learning how to make gel candles is fast and easy. There are so many possibilities
when it comes to creating wonderful candles with gel wax. The best thing about gel
candles is that you can add decorations directly to the wax so that they float within the
candle. This is a clever and unique way to personalize a gift if you are making the
candle for someone else. Plus, gel candles burn slower then regular wax candles so
they will last a little longer.

Thomas Jones is one of the expert in making candles and has a big contribution to
candle making society. For more great tips on candle making, visit .

								
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