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What are Candle Jars?

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  • Written By: N. Phipps
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 22 January 2018
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Candle jars are among some of the most versatile and attractive holders for candles. They make lovely accessories for the home or pleasant gifts for family and friends. Candle jars are widely available in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles, and materials. Candle containers include anything from decorative glass candle jars and metal candle tins to whimsical looking containerized objects. This versatility makes them extremely popular when choosing candle-making supplies.

Glass candle jars can be clear or colored. They can also be textured. These candle containers are also found in many different styles such as apothecary jars, jelly and Mason canning jars, square and round jars, vases, and more. Metal tins are great for candle containers. Candle tins can be found in a variety of shapes, from round and square to rectangular and hexagonal.

Both candle jars and tins can be dressed up to match nearly any décor. They can also be given personalized labels when given as gifts. Whimsical containers can also be used for holding and shaping candles. Some of these might include decorative mugs or ceramic pots. Provided the container is heat-safe and leak-proof, almost anything can make a suitable candle-making container.

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In addition to candle jars and containers, there are various candle molds available for shaping candles. These can range from metal candle molds to anything lined with wax. While aluminum molds are popular, as they are durable, heat resistant, and seamless, some people prefer to use whatever they have on hand. For instance, wax-lined materials, such as milk cartons, can be a great alternative. These not only save money but are also great for recycling.

There are several methods used to make candles, depending on the type of mold or container used. Typically, using containers or candle jars are the easiest. Once the method for candle making has been chosen, they type of wax should be considered. There are generally three types of wax to choose from — paraffin wax, soy wax, and beeswax. All are widely available through candle-making suppliers.

The most common of the three is paraffin. The only down side to using paraffin wax is that it gets pretty messy. Soy wax, however, is easily cleaned up with soap and water. This type of wax is made from soybeans and considered a natural product. Beeswax is produced from honeybees. With this type of wax, there is no need for melting. In fact, the sheets are simply wrapped around a wick and pressed to seal.

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