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Specific Goal: To inform
Thesis Statement: Producing the perfectly shaped candle involves
purchasing the correct materials, properly melting the wax, and correctly
molding the wax into shape.
A. Attention Getter: What comes to mind when you see candles? We
associate candles with celebrations (like Christmas or birthdays) or
special occasions. Candles date back to the Ancient Egyptians who
are credited with making the first candles. They used torches made by
soaking the spongy core of reeds in melted tallow (National Candle
Association: History of Candlemaking 1).
B. Motivate Audience: I am sure that all of us at some point have used
candles for celebrations, romantic experiences, or for just plain
decoration. The great part about making your own candles is that they
are inexpensive to make, and you shape the wax into something
special. What could be more special than to make someone you love a
C. Establish Credibility: Two years ago, I made candles for decoration
and also for people to purchase during a medieval Madrigal dinner
production that our acappella choir performed. I have also made
candles since then as a part of my church youth group around the
D. Preview Main Points: I will explain three basic things which include
how to go about finding the right materials, how to melt the wax, and
how to make a molded ice-cube candle.
[Transition: Let’s start by doing the most important thing, which is to find
all of the materials and tools needed to make candles.]
A. The first step is to gather the equipment you will need (The Basics
and Cool Candlemaking Ideas, p. 1).
1. You will need wax; you can either use old, worn out candles which
are obviously free or you can purchase paraffin wax from a craft
2. You will need wicks; you can make wicks from heavy, braided cotton
string or can purchase wicks from a craft store. I read in Ray Shaw’s
book entitled Candle Art that heavy braided cotton string works just
as good (Shaw 25-26). I’ve never tried the cotton string but it’s worth
3. You need to set up a double boiler.
a. You can use an actual double boiler.
b. You can make your own using a pan and a jar or coffee can.
4. You will need a mold if you are planning on making a molded candle.
This can be anything; a milk carton, Dixie cups, tin can, paper towel
5. There are two optional ingredients.
a. You can use crayons of the desired color to color the wax or buy
b. You can purchase scented oil to make your candles smell
[Transition: Once you have all the material that you need, you can move
on to melting the wax.]
B. Your second step is to melt the wax (Pioneer Clubs: Trailblazer
Handbook, p. 165).
1. Start by placing wax in the double boiler or in a coffee can put in a
pan of water.
2. Heat until the water boils.
3. Make sure to turn down the heat, and let the wax melt. Do not let it
4. Add wax dye, crayons, or scent (if desired) and stir.
[Transition: Now that the wax is melted, you can let your creativity run
wild and have fun making candles. You can make just about anything but
I am going to show you how to make a molded ice-cube candle. ]
C. This is how you go about making a molded ice-cube candle (Pioneer
Clubs: Trailblazer Handbook, p.166).
1. Cut off the top of a milk carton.
2. Place a candle the height of the carton in the center of the carton. This
makes an excellent wick.
3. Break ice-cubes into chunks.
a. Finely crushed ice creates small holes. Large cubes create large
b. Fill the mold with crushed ice.
c. Quickly pour hot wax into the carton while someone holds the
d. Pour off the excess water when the wax is completely hardened.
[Transition to conclusion: Now that you know how to make an ice-cube
candle, let’s go over what I showed you today.]
A. Review Points: Today, I have shown you how to do three basic
1. First, I showed you how to find the right materials.
2. Next, I explained to you how to correctly melt the wax.
3. Finally, I showed you how to make an ice-cube candle and explained to you
that the tricky part is keeping the wick in the center of the mold.
B. Tie it up: Today we use candles for almost any kind of occasion or
celebration. Candles continue to grow in popularity and we see them just
about everywhere. They are really inexpensive to make and a lot of fun!
C. Concluding remarks: So when you try making candles on your own, use
your imagination and be creative. Your candle can be anything you like.
Have a great time experimenting and having fun making your own candles
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