While many people are content to make candles and leave it at that, you can always take this exciting hobby to new levels - online art classes, for example, can teach you about molding, design, and styles that you may never have considered before. If you're interested in learning detailed techniques that can help you expand your skills, think about enrolling in an online arts program.
Candle making is a really fun, creative hobby. Not only can you make beautiful candles of all shapes and sizes to keep for your home or to give away as gifts, but candles sell very well at craft fairs and even in small gift shops on consignment. Learning how to make candles can lead to a fulfilling hobby, or even a way to make some extra income.
There are a number of ways to learn candle making, so choose which method works best for you and your style of learning new skills.
- If you'd like to give candle making a try before investing in all of the supplies and equipment you'll need to have on hand, then signing up for a candle making class is the way to go. With so many different types of candles to make, you're sure to find a class that interests you. Check with local craft stores to see if they offer craft classes, or search online for classes in your area.
- Online classes are also available for candle making, although these aren't nearly as effective as the hands-on approach you would get from a physical class. Do a search for "candle making lessons" and you'll end up with all kinds of options.
- There is an incredible amount of information about candle making on the internet. While I don't recommend using the 'net as a substitute for a good instructional book or class, it's a great way to get extra tips, ideas for projects, and basic information before diving in.
- There are a number of books on the market today that cover the art of candle making very well. Check your local library and book stores for current titles, or look online for candle making books. Once you pick up a book or two, read through them completely. The safety information, while somewhat dry reading, is extremely important. Also look through the instructions for each individual project so you know ahead of time what to expect while you're making your candles.
- Picking up a candle making kit is an inexpensive way to get familiar with the process of creating candles. While the kits are limiting in what you can make, you'll be able to buy all of the supplies you'll need for one specific project, and that will give you a taste of what candle making is all about.
- If you see candles in a local gift or craft shop that you like, consider contacting the candle maker and asking if they provide lessons, or would be willing to teach you the craft. Chances are the candle maker will be flattered you asked.
There are many different types of candles and candle making processes. If you find that you don't enjoy making rolled beeswax candles, try gel candles or votives or pillars - there's bound to be something out there that will appeal to you and your creative side. Online art classes can help you select types of wax and molds that speak to you.