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Candles Can Create A Magical Atmosphere - Why Not Make Your Own?

Apr 26, 2008
There is nothing better than the right atmosphere to create the perfect setting for a romantic rendezvous. People use many accessories to capture the essence of romance and relaxation. The younger generation prefers soft toys and balloons and mature people seem to appreciate flowers and candlelight to set the mood.

The dim, flickering orange light of candles is mesmerizing and immediately relaxes the senses. A way to enhance the effect of these candles is to use fragrant ones with various colors that appeal to the senses. Thought these candles are extremely luring, the hole that they leave in the pocket is something no one looks forward to. And the best way to get around this difficulty is to make some fragrant, colorful candles on your own.

The task ahead is extremely easy and can be accomplished by simply following some basic steps. Take some old candles and place them in a container. Place this container in another larger container that has water in it and put this apparatus on fire. The boiling water will melt the wax. Be sure never to pace the container with the wax directly on the fire since it can be dangerous. If you do not have enough old candles, buying candles in bulk quantities will keep the total cost down and will definitely be cheaper than the exorbitant price charge by showrooms for these aromatic beauties.

While the wax is melting prepare the moulds. You could choose any kind of a container that suits your fancy. Though aluminum containers may get hot when you pour hot wax in them, they are the best choice. You could also use old glasses for designs or disposable paper cups for a simple tumbler type of look.

You would also need to prepare the wick of the candle. This could be obtained easily from an older candle if possible or be prepared using white cotton straw. Make sure that you rub enough wax on the straw to make it taut. This will make it easy fro you to insert in the melted wax once you have placed the wax in the mould.

Add the desired oil color into the melted wax and be sure to add the color slowly and mix thoroughly so that you know when to stop. Pour the liquid wax in the container and add the wick slowly, ensuring that it goes right in the middle and straight down.

If you wish to make candle with layers of different colors, then you must melt wax in different containers and add appropriate colors to each lot. Make sure that the mould you choose for a multicolored candle is tall which allows for the layers to show. Of utmost importance is the manner in which you pour the different colors. Each color wax should be poured after the color prior to that has cooled off. If you do not take care of this then the colors will mix and all that you may be left with is a murky colored lump.

For fragrance candles add the oil-based fragrance of your choice to the melted wax. This should be done right at the end after the color has been added and stirred since the heat may cause the fragrance to escape. These fragrances are easily available in the market and range from floral ones like jasmine and rose to others like tea tree, lemon grass and musk.

After the color, fragrance and wick have been added, place the mould in the freezer to allow the candle to come out easily. Now all you need to do is to light the fire!
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