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Candle Making For Survivalists When SHTF

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Hand-Dipped Candles

Authentic hand-dipped candles are not only beautiful, but they are easy to store in large quantities and make wonderful gifts. Because you must wait for the wax to dry between each dipping, making hand-dipped candles is more time consuming than other candle types. Get several large pots going at once to speed up the process.

  1. Cover work surfaces and the floor with newspaper or a tarp.
  2. Heat wax in a wax melter or a double boiler.
  3. Tie three to four wicks to a wooden spoon or long dowel. Make the wicks at least six to eight inches long, depending on how large you want the candles. Space the wicks on the dowel three inches apart so the candles don’t touch, and pull on the wicks to straighten them.
  4. Dip the wicks in the melted wax, leaving at least one inch at the top. Rest the dowel on a stack of books or two chairs to allow the wax to dry completely between each dipping. Dip the candles about twenty-five times, allowing the wax to harden slightly between each dipping.
  5. Cut the candles from the dowel and trim the wick to ¼ inch. Cut the bottoms of the candle with a sharp knife to make a flat surface. Wrap the candles in wax paper and store them in a cool, dry place.
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