Gel candles are a wonderful alternative to traditional wax based candles. They are unique because not only is the flame beautiful but the glow it creates as it shines through the transparent gel is unique. Gel candles tend to burn longer than a traditional wax based candle. Some estimate that these candles will burn 5 – 7 time longer than other candles.
Gel candles are also unique because they do not need to adhere to a straight column form. They can be produced in any glass container as long as the container is heat resistant. You can create a gel candle in any odd shaped glass item you choose making them extremely versatile. Gel candles can be created in just about any color of the rainbow making them very visually interesting even when they are not lit.
Gel candles can be seen as well. If you are making these candles at home you could try using orange slices, dried apple slices or cinnamon sticks. Gel candles makers may also incorporate shells or sand. Scented gel candles create a terrific scent while you enjoy the hypnotizing glow from the candle.
Making a gel candle is a fun hobby to take up. The candles are made from specially processed mineral oils that are gelled with copolymers. You can purchase a kit to create the candles or you can locate several recipes to create gel candles.
If you do decide to take up the hobby of gel candle making prepare to become addicted. Because you can make them in almost anything; create them with just about any smell; and in just about any color or the rainbow the possibilities for creativity are endless. Some people have enjoyed the hobby so much that they have turned it into a profession. You can find lots of resources on gel candle making businesses. The hobby can be a very rewarding income stream if done properly.
Because these candles are made from refined mineral oil base they do not leave black stains on walls or even the candle when they are burnt. This makes them a cleaner alternative to a wax candle. These candles will create a flame that is higher than that of a wax candle so do burn them in an area free from other objects. As an added safety precaution, burn the gel candles on a heat-resistant surface such as a metal or ceramic plate.
Gel candles are extremely beautiful and versatile. They tend to burn longer than regular candles. These candles can be fun to make from scratch or from a kit. But watch out if you begin to make these candles you may become addicted and may need to turn your hobby into a full time business.