There are also of course consumables that are used as well.
- Candle Wicks
- Wick Stickers
- Fragrance Oil
- Lots of Newspapers!!
I recommend liquid dye. Wax chips are cheap per use, liquid dye requires an investment. Wax chips are not cool because they are held in a carrier wax that has a high melt point. You have to heat your wax up significantly higher to get that carrier wax to melt. More time to heat, more time to cool, this could seriously add an extra hour on your candle making time. Next, when you put a dye chip in, you get what you get. If you have liquid dye, you add a few drops, and then stir, take a drop on wax paper, place it on a white piece of paper and you will see what color your candle will be when it hardens… and you will say, yes, it need to add more green. And you just repeat the process till you have the color you want. I used to make wedding favors and match the bride maid’s dresses with liquid dyes. That would be impossible with dye chips. Also, once you make the initial investment of buying 8 1 ounce bottles your cost per pound is significantly less than dye chips.
I sell pretabbed primed wicks. You can buy spools of wicking and make your own wicks but I think that’s only necessary if you are making candles taller than what you can buy pretabbed wicks. I have the LX, HTP, ECO series. I have some zinc core, paper core, heinz stabilo and tealight wicks. What makes a big difference is, what kind of wax are you using and how wide is your candle going to be. If your just starting out, I can help you pick out a wick. No matter what you have to do your own test burning. The amount of dye and fragrance you use will though off your wick size. When I used to do the 9 oz hex, I used the heinz stabilo 10 in jars with no dye, and the 12 for those with dye. My Mother rearranged my boxes that I had prewicked, and I made a 36 pound batch of cinnamon sticks. She put the #10’s with the #12’s so I poured 80 cinnamon sticks that the wick wasn’t big enough and all those candles where junk. Just over the amount of dye used in the wax.
I also have the wood wicks. Small, Medium, Large, and X Large.
I carry wick stickers that plant the wick in the center of your container so it stays in place as the wax hardens and it’s anchored so you can pull on the wick to keep centering it. You can be cheap and use hot glue but the hot glue leaves strings of glue that you have to clean off your glass, not really worth a few cents if you ask me. I probably made 2000 candles with hot glue before I started using wick stickers and now I would never dream of trying to save a few cents per candle.
15mm by 6mm high or 20mm by 3mm high so you can reuse your wick trimmings. Lets say your candle is 2 1/2 inches tall. My wicks are 6 inches long, you can trim the wick, put it in the tab and crimp it down and have another wick for less money.
I buy my fragrance from one manufacturer, they are all bath and body safe. They are not made with harmful chemicals and are actually edible, although they do not flavor, they are just safe enough to eat. So, for those of you who make candles, lotions, soaps, bath bombs etc, this is the fragrance for you. It is strong and true to it’s name. This company sells to me at wholesale prices, and I actually sell them to you for less then they do. So, if you could get me to tell you who I get my fragrance from, you would only be paying more buying from them.
Typically one ounce per pound is perfect. You will have to keep records to see those that you want to add more or less. For instance, the coconut lime at one oz per pound smells like pinesol, and about 0.6 ounce per pound it is one of my all time favorites and is the first to sell out.
The difficult thing about jars is how expensive shipping is. You can easily go to Walmart and buy Mason Jars, but everyone does that. I have found some nice jars at the dollar store. You can go to garage sales and flea markets and look for random jars, but that becomes difficult because you don’t know what size wick to put in it. By the time you test burn that container, you don’t have any left. I do carry a 3 oz no lid jar, a 9 oz hex with gold lid, and a 16.5 oz Libby jar with a glass lid. They are all quality. It just stinks that we have to pay to ship them. But, if you order wax, fragrance, wicks, dye, and jars and I put it all in one box and you only live a few zones away it’s very reasonable. Let me know and I will get a quote for you. And the more you buy, the more money I am going to take off, so your jars might not be that much extra. last week, I shipped a women her order and added 2 cases of hex jars and it was only $2 more to ship together via fedex. It just depends on what you need, and how far away you are.
It’s nice to use caution labels. You can tell your customers things like trim the wick before relighting, and you can put your name and phone number or email address on them and you can get a sale later down the road. I have 1.2 and 2 inch labels that I can print with your information on.
Company Labels or Fragrance labels. You can simply use a small label to tell what fragrance it is, or you can get fancy and make a nice company label that specifies your fragrance. If your interested, just contact me and we can talk about the best way to accomplish this. I have some brown crafter labels (for company labels and some gold oval labels for fragrances).