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Tips on Working with Gel Candles

Posted on: May 25, 2010

Gel candles can be a rewarding hobby and a great way to decorate your home or create handmade gifts that you can give to others. One of the reasons these candles are so popular to work with is because they come in a great variety of colors of gel wax. It’s fun to be able to pick your own fun colors and colors that match your existing décor. Another reason these gel candles are so popular is that the gel wax is cheap and easily found at many local hobby stores and online.

If you’re going to work with gel candles, however, there are some things you can learn that will make it easier for you to do so. You can do this as a craft project with kids or for any other get-together or event or just as a solo hobby and with these tips, it’s easier than ever.

Tips on working with gel candles:

  • If you add products to your candles, make sure they are “gel-safe”.
  • Use non-polar fragrances with your gel candles. Polar fragrances can bind with the wax and cause a safety/ fire issue.
  • Test the fragrance first if you are not sure if it is safe for use in the gel candles.
  • Gel wax is not really a wax at all; there is a material added to the gel to help it burn like a wax candle.
  • Make your candles in crack-resistant containers that can withstand heat of 200 degrees and more.
  • Gel wax candles are good for longer-burning candles (more than 10 hours)
  • If you’re using a low grade gel, you can use about 3% fragrance oil concentration.
  • Higher grade gel can take about 5% concentration.
  • Always have a clean, safe area to work on while making your candles.
  • Always follow all manufacturer’s instructions carefully and closely.

Now that you have these tips, you’re ready to start working today. There’s no better time than now to enjoy some homemade craft making. Gel candles make great home accessories or handmade gifts that you can share with most anyone you know.

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