If you’re interested in candle crafts, there are many candle making books you can choose from to learn everything from basic techniques to advanced skills. Browse through the craft section of your local library or favorite bookstore, and use these books as a reference to create your own beautiful candles.A great book to start with is the Encyclopedia of Candle Making Techniques – this A-Z directory is alphabetically organized and includes professional photos to help you learn a wide range of skills for making candles.
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The Everything Candlemaking Book covers different crafting techniques to help both novice and experienced candle makers. Different candle containers, scents, colors, and textures are all covered in an easy to read format useful for all skill levels.
Easy Candle Making
Making candles is a cinch when you read Candle Making Made Easy. This book is only 64 pages, but it covers a range of basic techniques, tips, and tricks for beginning candle makers. This is a great book to add to your candle making library if you’re just beginning the craft, but it may not be as suitable for advanced crafters.
Candle Making Secrets
When you’re ready to advance your candle making skills, Candle Making Secrets: Insider Tips and Advice on How to Make Perfect Candles, Every Time can help. This concise guide is 114 pages of thoroughly researched advice written in simple, easy to read language. Making different types of candles and creating candles for gifts are covered, as well as popular dos and don’ts of candle making.
Fun and Profit
Crafters with a desire to turn their candle making hobby into a booming business will want to read Candle Making for Fun & Profit. This book covers the basics of candle making with an eye toward creating a successful business, and it includes advice on marketing and advertising your products as well as tax tips and other useful information. The resource list is particularly valuable.
Types of Candles
If you want to learn how to make different types of popular candles, The Candlemaker’s Companion is the right book to read. This book has detailed descriptions and techniques for making rolled, poured, molded, and dipped candles, all accompanied by clear line drawings for visual instructions.
Candles for Kids
Candles can be fun for kids to make, and Making Candles from the Kids Can Do It! book series covers both basic techniques and a range of creative projects. Instructions for lighthouse, cookie cutter, cupcake, and other fun candles are included.
Beginning a Business
From beginners to business owners, B to B Candle Making is a guide for turning a hobby into a successful candle making business. This book includes information on obtaining business licenses, marketing, advertising, and otherwise conquering the business side of candle making even while it helps you refine your craft techniques. The list of suppliers is especially helpful.
Cut & Carve Candles is a 96 page book filled with beautiful projects and ideas for turning ordinary candles into decorative masterpieces. From simple tapers to elaborate pillars, twenty different projects discuss cutting and carving techniques you can use on any candle.
Scented candles are one of the most popular types of candles, and Making Scented Candles focuses on tips and techniques for turning your basic oil scented candles into aromatic wonders. This book is best described as an introduction, however, and advanced crafters may prefer a more detailed manual.
Gel candles are elegant and beautiful, and they require different techniques from wax candles. Gel Candles: 40 Creative Projects has a wide range of unique ideas crafters can use to create gel candles with sand bases, unique containers, holiday themes, and more.
Whether you want to make your own homemade candles to decorate or prefer to use store bought candles to begin with, Decorating Candles is filled with techniques using a variety of creative materials that can make simple candles into elegant decorations. Metal mesh, pressed leaves, shells, beads, and paint are just a few of the materials you can use to decorate your candles with these techniques.
If you prefer to create candles with natural beauty, Naturally Creative Candles is filled with ideas you can use. While some basic techniques for making candles are covered, the emphasis is on decoration with natural materials such as seashells, pebbles, pressed flowers, herbs, and grains. Decorated candles, candle holders, and candle displays are all discussed.
In 224 pages, Creating Candles discusses techniques for creating 104 different types of candles with an even wider range of possible variations. More than 1,000 color photographs bring each project to life and provide superior guidance for crafters of all experience levels.
Candle Crafts provides a firm grounding in basic techniques for popular projects in candle making, from creating the candles to decorating candle holders. This is a great book for a crafting novice who isn’t sure where to begin.No matter what candle making books you choose, there are always more techniques to learn and more projects to create. For even more ideas, check out different candle making articles, or browse ideas for candle centerpieces to decide what to do with your creations.