The Do's and Don'ts of Candlemaking
With any activity, there are some things that are “no-no's.” Candlemaking is no exception. As you get underway creating candles of your own, there are some things to do and others to remember to
Don'tever pour liquid wax down your drain. It will solidify and cause severe blockage — not to mention a huge plumbing bill. Don't learn this “no-no” the hard way! Dopour leftover melted wax into muffin tins or other small cups. Metal ice-trays are good for this purpose. You can then pop out the hardened wax and store it in plastic bags for future use. Don'tthrow away your leftovers, even the small scraps, including candle ends or the bottoms of container candles. Wax costs money. Recycling saves money and work. Dorecycle all the wax you can save. You can ask non-candlemakers to give you their candle ends. Your church deacon may be happy to give you burned-down beeswax candles. Don'tpour your hot double-boiler water down your drain. It may have wax in it unbeknownst to you, which could clog the drain. Dodispose of the water outside. Or, let it cool until the wax hardens and then remove the wax before pouring the water down the drain. Don'tallow yourself to be distracted while making candles. Let the answering machine answer the phone if it rings while you are pouring or melting. Domake candles at a time when you can concentrate fully on the task at hand (maybe while the children are in school). Don'tbegin candlemaking without first assembling all of your materials and equipment in an orderly fashion, so that you can proceed step by step — safely. Doschool yourself to know for certain exactly what you are doing at all times, where you are moving, which step you are taking when. Practiceis the key to safety.