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Candle Making Equipment The very first requirement is a pot(s) in which to melt your wax. The double boiler method is probably the most popular…and also the safest. But it is also the slowest. There are several ways to melt wax for making candles, and we'll go through them all to help you determine which is right for you. Under no circumstances should you melt wax on your stove without the use of a double boiler. Don't melt wax with anything that does not have some form of heat control . Wax has a flash point and will ignite when it reaches that point…so you must have a way to control the wax temperature and, in so doing, prevent fires. Make sense? Flash points will vary between 290 – 380 degrees so by no means allow your wax get within that range. Safety always comes first when you make candles. You don't need an expensive wax melter to make fantastic candles .

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

I suggest you buy a Presto “Kitchen Kettle” from your local hardware or Walmart store. They are available for approximately $20. Make certain you are getting the “Kitchen Kettle” because there are several variations on the market. The “Kitchen Kettle” has a numerical temperature control. Never melt wax in anything that doesn't have a numerical temperature gauge. Even a simple candy thermometer will suffice…just don't ever use a melt pot with only high, medium and low settings. Next up is a good thermometer. You'll use this with your kitchen kettle to double check candle wax temperature. You can buy a thermometer for about $5 while you're buying your kitchen kettle. Even a candy making type thermometer works great when you are learning to make candles…and, really, its all that you will ever need. You will need a “pour pot” to pour the molten wax into your molds. Quality aluminum pour pots are available from most craft shops, but I'll tell you that a $5 one-quart Pyrex measuring cup works just as well. You can even start out using an empty coffee can to pour your candles. Next, you will need an accurate and reliable scale for weighing out your wax to put in your melter. A scale that works up to 10 lbs should be enough.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Once again, have a look at Walmart…or any office supply retailer like Staples or Office Max. I try to purchase my wax in pellets, but if you wish to buy wax in blocks, you will need a hammer to bust it up into chunks small enough to fit onto your scales and into your melt pot. The Presto “Kitchen Kettle” we discussed earlier will hold 7-8 lbs of wax. You can melt any amount up to that but I recommend that you start off with no more than 5-6 lbs at one time while you're learning how to make candles…simply because while stirring you might slosh some of the wax out of the pot and create a big mess. So, to summarize, you will require the following items to start your candle making experience:

1. Melting Pot

2. Thermometer

3. Pouring Pot

4. Weighing Machine

5. Hammer to break up wax All of that should come to less than $50 and probably less because most folks will already have a few of the components at home.

I've kept everything as simple as possible and I suggest you do the same. It's most important to remember, keep it safe and, of course, enjoy the journey. So, let's go Do you have a proper candle making set-up? If not, read the guidelines above very carefully and get yourself to an arts and crafts shop or the online version…and, as you can see, much of the apparatus can be purchased inexpensively at a Walmart or Target in your neighborhood. Now its just a matter of putting your plan into action. Enjoy yourself!

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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