The Can­dle Trade,

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Thembu Royals Magazine - - Contents -

It must be stated that can­dle mak­ing busi­ness can be done both on a small and a large scale. In this ar­ti­cle we have ded­i­cated our­selves to the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of the art of mak­ing can­dles. The per­son con­cerned will then de­cide whether they in­tend to make can­dles on a small or large scale. The method that has been adopted in this ar­ti­cle is a man­ual method. There are fully au­to­mated ma­chines that one can buy and use to man­u­fac­ture can­dles.

Ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties;

Wax; There are dif­fer­ent types of wax. Paraf­fin wax, beeswax and the like. The man­u­fac­turer firstly has to de­cide which wax is best suit­able for their needs.

Fra­grance Oil; There are many types to choose from.

Color; Dye is used.

Con­tain­ers / Molds; It is ad­vis­able to start with can­dle tins as it is easy to use.

Wick; This forms the ‘ nu­cleus’ of can­dle mak­ing busi­ness. It is im­por­tant to choose a wick that is of good qual­ity be­cause poor qual­ity wick tends not to burn prop­erly which will re­sult in the prod­uct be­ing of poor qual­ity and use­less in the com­mer­cial mar­ket.

Scale; It is needed to weigh the wax and fra­grance oil.

Hot plate; Is used to melt the wax.

Ther­mome­ter; To mea­sure the tem­per­a­ture of the wax. Mis­cel­la­neous; pa­per tow­els, dis­pos­able gloves, news­pa­per to cover the workspace, wa­ter, etc.

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