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If you’ve been crafting candles for a while now and think it’s time for you to step out of your comfort zone and want to try something new, Votive candles are a great direction to head in as they are easy to customize and can create the perfect ambiance for any setting or event.

Our candle making expert will go over the basic supplies of what you need to get started!

  1. Required Items

The Basic Supplies for making Votive Candles 1

  • An inexpensive double boiler setup that prevents the wax from reaching dangerously high temperatures.

Wax melting kit, this includes a Melting Pot, thermometer and stir sticks.

  • Use a wax specifically designed for votives and container candles.

Our 128 house Wax is our own special in-house wax that is blended primarily for jar container candles, votive candles and taper candles. When making votive candles using 128 House blend, it is necessary to add 1% Vybar 260. This will help harden and shrink the wax, making it more opaque and easier to remove from the mold. While also creating an overall smoother finish for your candle.

Our Regular 130 Candle Wax is excellent for making votive candles and glass container candles. This wax may require additives.

  •      Votive Metal Candle Molds

Here at General Wax & Candle Co. We carry 2″ Votive Metal candle molds in a pack of 6 or in singles. Both seamless with no wick holes, they hold up to 0.12 lb. (2 oz.) of wax.

  •    Wicks

 Pre-tabbed wicks that are specifically used for Votive candle making.

Cotton-core wicks usually perform very well with Votive candles.

Here at General wax & Candle Co. We care wicks specifically for Votive candle making which are Pre-tabbed.

If you plan on using the molds listed above we suggest using Pre-tabbed votive wick, or 34-34 cotton core waxed (“E” wick).

       2. Recommended

Additives :

Vybar 260 or 130 depending on which wax you use.

Colored Dye Chips/Blocks or liquids:

Dozens of colors to choose from! Take a look at our blog post about Dyes to learn more!

Fragrance:

Recommended usage is 1/4 – 1 ounce of scent per pound of wax.

        3. Average Startup Cost

Approximately $40 - $50 depending on how many holders you will purchase and how much wax you will need.

If you plan on ordering online you will also have to add shipping cost.

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