Candle making is a wonderfully artistic craft, and to provide you with inspiration and instructions, this list of candle making resources should give you everything you need to get started or to pursue more advanced techniques. The descriptions for the books are taken from editorial reviews and book lists. No book or course is being promoted, nor is a great resource on the material being purposely excluded. It is merely a list of resources that may help in your candle making endeavors. Books are listed by most recent publication.
Books on Candle Making
Candlemaking the Natural Way: 31 Projects Made with Soy, Palm & Beeswax
By Rebecca Ittner
This book includes 31 tutorials. Fragrance, color and wax additives are discussed along with a range of basic techniques including dipped, rolled and molded methods. Beginning crafters will be just as satisfied as the more advanced candlemaker.
Publisher: Lark Crafts (August 2, 2011)
Candle Making Secrets: Insider Tips and Advice on How to Make Perfect Candles, Every Time
By Jennifer FurgesonThis resource is full of tips and the latest cutting edge information on making candles. Learn how to pick the right wax, how to create different kinds of candles and simple ways to use wicks.
Publisher: CreateSpace (February 3, 2010)
By Luisa Saachi
How to make 104 different kinds of candles illustrated with instructions and more than 1,000 color photographs. Includes candles for special occasions, holidays, dining, decorating gift-giving, picnics and parties using a wide variety of containers, scents, waxes, molds, and additives. Offers step-by-step instructions.
Publisher: Stackpole Books (April 10, 2008)
Candlemaking for the First Time
Tutorials in question-and-answer format, basic techniques, and simple projects are followed by a gallery of 30 projects to try.
Publisher: Sterling/Chapelle (March 28, 2004)
The Candlemaker's Companion: A Complete Guide to Rolling, Pouring, Dipping, and Decorating Your Own Candles
By Betty Oppenheimer
Illustrated step-by-step instructions and complete source lists, this book teaches you how to create rolled, poured, molded, gel, dipped, custom-blended candles, luminarias, lanterns, and floating candles.
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Revised edition (March 1, 2004)
Candle Making: 16 Stylish Projects from Start to Finish (Step-By-Step Crafts) By Cheryl Owen
Large step-by-step photos with close-up shots of detailed techniques teaching you all you need to know about materials and techniques.
Publisher: Creative Publishing international (December 1, 2001)
Candlemaking for Fun & Profit By Michelle Espino
This book teaches the basics candle making and includes information on how to make a profit at making and selling candles. It discusses ways to sell candles at craft shows, shops, and other outlets, including pricing, record keeping, and copyrighting
Publisher: Potter Craft (July 27, 2000)
The Encyclopedia of Candlemaking Techniques: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide
By Sandie Lea
This is a visual A-to-Z directory discussing a wide range of designs and techniques for candlemaking. Features a step-by-step demonstration and inspirational designs.
Publisher: Running Press (July 15, 1999)
Online Chandler Resources
The National Candle Association (NCA) is the major trade association representing U.S. candle manufacturers and their suppliers. http://www.candles.org/index.html
A great list of candle tutorials can be found at Nature’s Garden here: http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/candlemaking-soap-supplies/category/798/Candle-Classes.html
We hope this short candle making resource guide will aid you as you embark on your own journey to gain more knowledge.
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