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Candle Making 
Submitted by Torann
Items Needed: 
  •   1 or 2 bags of wax (Wal-Mart sells it in the Arts & Craft section of the store)
  •   Thin candle wicks
  •   Candle dye (the color called for. Crayons work good)
  •   A small bowl
  •   Essential oil (the type called for)
  •   A large pot and a small can ( a coffee can works well; the taller the can,

  •       the longer your taper will be; a tall, thin can, slightly longer than the 
          length you desire your candles to be, is ideal) 
  •   Baking soda (for fire safety)
  •   1 wooden spoon
  •   Waxed paper
  • Follow the steps below to make the candle:

    Step One: Melting
      Fill the large pot about 1/3 full of water. Place on high heat until boiling. Place the wax in the can, and set the can into the pot of boiling water. Turn the heat down to medium. Watch the wax as it's melting. It may burst into flames over high heat. If it does throw the baking soda on it to but it out. 

    Step Two: Empowering the Spices
      While the wax is melting, place the spices into the bowl. Mix them together, empower them as you visualize your magical goal. 

    Step Three: Coloring
      Check the wax. For best results, you should have at least 6 inches of melted wax. If not add more. Add a few chunks of the candle dye or crayon to the wax and mix it with the wooden spoon. Stir until the wax is evenly colored. The finished, dried candles will be a shade or two lighter than the color of the melted wax. So if you want it darker add more dye. 

    Step Four: Add the Spices
      Once the wax has been tinted, sprinkle the spices onto the wax with your projective hand. Dust off your hand over the wax. Add eight to sixteen drops of the essential oil. Stir all of that in with the wooden spoon. 

    Step Five: Dipping it
      Begin dipping. Hold a length of the cotton wicking between your thumb and forefinger. Dunk it into the wax. It will probably just float at the surface the first few times you do this. HINT: Before dipping again, lift the wicking completely from the melted wax, allow the wax on the wicking to set, and re-dip. Repeat this till the candle is a fat as you want it. 

    Step Six: Drying
      Hang the candle up when it is the proper width to dry in a spot so it will not be touched. Test the candle after 20 or so minutes. The wax should be have set but still be warm. YOU MUST BE SURE IT HASN'T COMPLETELY HARDENED BEFORE THE NEXT STEP.

    Step Seven: Smoothing
      Smooth out waxed paper on a counter or table. Lay the candle on the paper and gently roll it back and forth. This straightens the taper. 

    Step Eight: Finishing It Up
      Now cut off the cone at the bottom of the candle with a knife. Dip the taper into the melted wax again and sit it some where to dry. And your done. 

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