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8 Unexpected (Mostly Kitchen) Tools Useful for Candlemaking

Posted: March 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: useful tips | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

  1. SPOON An essential tool when making specialty candles. It can replace a whisk when making whipped wax, since its easier to clean and you can work within a smaller container. Also useful to spoon molten wax into small crevasse and to top off the bottom of candles with more control.
  2. LADLE Great for transferring small to medium amounts of wax from one container to another without getting burned. Also useful for evening out molten wax when making homemade beeswax sheets.
  3. CHOPSTICKS Finally a use for your Chinese takeout utensil! If you don’t want to splurge on wick holders yet, look towards chopsticks to the rescue! Put wick in between two chopsticks and secure with paper clamps. Also useful for stirring in color, scent, and additives.
  4. MEAT THERMOMETER Much cheaper than a wax thermometer, and no need to worry about spilled mercury if broken. If I had extra money to burn, I would get a digital one this time. Saves me the time to sit there and wait for the pointer to go up.
  5. METAL BOWLS Great alternative to pouring pots and vats. Only downside is that you can’t hold onto the rim when removing from the double boiler, so try using pliers to lift the bowl. Useful for storing wax, whipping wax, and most of all, melting wax!
  6. COFFEE FILTERS Comes in handy when making a project with recycled wax or wax with debris. Place 1 filter in an empty metal bowl, pour the melted wax into it, and lift the coffee filter by its edges slowly to drain out all the clean wax.
  7. TIN LIDS Remember the good ol’ AOL cds that came in the metal tins? Who knew that these would come in handy for my candle making! Works great for making small batches of chunks for chunk candles, no need to melt large amounts of wax to make a thin layer of wax sheet, since the surface area is so small. Other tin lids work too, like cookie tin or candy tin lids.
  8. TOOTHPICK Nice disposable tool for poking wick holes into warm wax or applying small amounts of varnish to candles.

Needless to say, you will no longer be able to use these kitchenware on your cooking again. Great tools are everywhere in your kitchen, you just have to stop and look. Hope this list has been helpful!

Have you also discovered unexpected tools you use in candlemaking? Feel free to share!

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