By Peter Emerson
Candles can make great gifts for any occasion like Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, Valentine’s Day, New Year's, even weddings and birthdays. These days, there are many beautiful kinds of candles available. Some of the main categories of candles are: pillar candles, decorative candles, jar candles, votive candles, tea light candles, taper candles, container candles, luminescent candles, travel candles, floating candles, and novelty candles in interesting shapes like animals, people, food, flowers and plants, celestial bodies etc. Candles can also be categorized as scented or unscented. Candles are also classified on the basis of the raw material used: oil, soy wax, palm wax and beeswax. Some candle makers are concentrating on specialized candles that burn with little or no soot, and are eco-friendly.
Candle making is a relatively easy art and just requires practice. All it needs is to melt the wax, add color dyes or fragrance oils or any other additives. The melted wax should be poured into containers or moulds that contain a wick. It generally takes a night for the wax to cool down. Candle making needs certain raw materials, the main ones being waxes, wicks, dyes and pigments, additives, fragrances, molds, wax melters, taper equipment, containers etc. These are each of many different kinds, for instance, waxes include soy wax, palm wax or bees wax. Similarly, containers can be apothecary jars, beehive jars, crock jars, mason/canning/jelly jars, tea light cups, barrel jars, cracker jars, patio jars, tins etc. The dyes are also of many kinds: dye flakes, color chips, glow color chips, pigment chips, color blocks, pigment dyes, liquid candle dyes, powdered candle dyes, and others. The gels can be CLP low density, CMP Medium density or CHP High density. Molds may be made of metal or plastic. They are generally in the form of embed trays. There are also several kinds of wicks: citronella wicks, ECO wicks, flat braid, coreless wicks, tabbed and pre-tabbed wicks, square braid, spooled wicks, zinc core and tea light wicks. Decorative accessories include glass embeds, wax embeds, natural embeds, colored sand, glitter, and so on.
Candle making supplies can be obtained very easily. They are also available in bulk at wholesale prices. Candles supplies can also be ordered online through the various websites over the Internet. The orders can be placed by phone, fax, or e-mail, or by filling in direct order forms in the websites. The payment can be made by credit card, check, money order or PayPal. Some suppliers also give provision for returning the supplies if not satisfied. There are many such websites that provide comprehensive information about candle supplies.
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