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How to Melt Candle Wax: 3 Methods for Success

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So how do I melt candle wax?

Do you have a bunch of old candles that you don’t know what to do with? Or maybe you’re just looking for a fun project to do with the kids. In either case, learning how to melt candle wax is a great skill to have! There are three main methods that people use: the double boiler, microwave and wax melter. We’ll go over each one in detail below. So grab your old candles, some supplies and get ready to learn how to make new ones!

The Double Boiler Method:

double boiler wax

This is the most common way to melt candle wax. All you need is a pot of water and a glass or metal bowl that will fit inside. Place the bowl of wax in the pot of water and heat on the stove until the wax is melted. Make sure to keep an eye on it, as it can easily overheat!

The Microwave Method:

woman pouring melted wax

This is the quickest way to melt candle wax, but also the most risky. Put your desired amount of wax into a microwave-safe container and microwave on high for 30-second intervals, stirring in between. Be careful not to let the wax boil over or it could cause a fire!

The Wax Melter Method:

a wax melting meachine

This is the safest way to melt candle wax, but it also takes the longest. Place your desired amount of wax into the wax Melter and heat until melted. This could take a few hours, so be patient! You will also have to purchase a special melting machine!

Other Tips and Tricks:

  • Every wax is different, but in general don’t let your wax exceed 200 degrees Fahrenheit! Generally 180 degrees Fahrenheit is hot enough for the wax to be fully melted, at which time you can stir in dyes and scents. The best temperature to pour your wax is generally around 160 degrees Fahrenheit!
  • If you’re using the microwave method, be sure to use a container that is safe for the microwave.
  • If you’re using the wax melter method, be sure to read the instructions that come with it before use.
  • When melting wax, always use caution as it can be dangerous.
  • Do not leave melted wax unattended.
  • Once your candles are melted, you can pour them into any mold you like, even bubble candles! Silicone molds work best, but you can also use recycled jars or even ice cube trays!
  • Let your candles cool completely before using them.

So there you have it! Three methods for how to melt candle wax, plus some tips and tricks. Which one will you try first? Let us know in the comments below! And be sure to check out our other blog posts for more fun projects like this one. Happy melting!

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