There are three stages to make candles in moulds; first, second and final pour. But first of all you need to set up your moulds and wicks.
Cut a length of wick about 3-4cm longer than the length of your mould, be it candle mould, jam jar, tea-cup etc. Thread it through your metal wick holder and lower into the mould, so that the wick is roughly centred. Place a toothpick, straw, pencil or something similar across the top of the mould and drape the excess wick over the top and fasten to the sie of the mould using a little blutack or a small piece of tape.
Place the wax in a pan, one preferably with a pouring lip and one that you don’t mind giving over to candle making as you’re unlikely to ver get all the wax out and make it a suitable cooking pan ever again, and very gently heat the wax until liquid (do not overheat wax or it will catch light and similarly do not use naked flames around liquid wax. If you’re worried, do buy a small starter kit and follow the instructions carefully. This is what I did and I’ve never had any problems), adding any colour or fragrance once the wax is just liquid. Carefully pour a small amount, enough to fill the mould be about 0.5cm and cover the metal wick holder. This is the first pour. Now you need to allow time for the wax in your mould to set so it can hold the wick in place for the further pours. You can either leave it to cool down and set eventually, or preferably, you can transfer the mould into the fridge, taking care not to move the wick position, and let it set for ten minutes. While you’re doing this, do of course remember to take your pan of wax off the heat.
For the second pour, remove the mould from the fridge and reheat the wax if it has begun to set. This time, pour enough wax to almost completely fill the mould, leaving about a 1cm space between the level of the wax and the top of the mould, or your desired height of the candle. Remove the wax from the heat and set aside your mould in a cool place and now leave for 24 hours. When you return to your candles, you will find that the wax has set but has sunken in the centre around the wick. For the final pour, again reheat your pan of wax. You will not need much so no need to pour lots of pellets in, you are essentially just topping up your candles to make them level. Top up the candle with the liquid wax to the top of the mould or desired height. Leave to set and then trim the wick. And that’s it, a lovely homemade and handmade candle for the fraction of the cost of a shop one with the added extra gratification that comes from utilising something you yourself have crafted. You can of course go all out and make fancy colour combinations and trying even carving them if you wish. But that’s not what I’m personally about. I just enjoy the warm fuzzy glow.