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Making candles does take a little time and effort, but if done correctly, it can be fun and reasonably cheap. To get more for your money and to get your candle business off to a good start, follow these tips:

#1 You must find your supplies, but do so as inexpensively as possible. Search and compare companies and products. The best way to do this is to search via the internet where many companies offer free shipping after so much money is spent. But if you don't have this luxury, search your local yellow pages, or write to companies requesting catalogs so you can compare prices. Most companies are more than willing to send out free catalogs or brochures. Make sure you learn shipping rates before ordering.

#2 Once you have your supplies, figure out how much each candle is going to cost you. (You need to consider the cost of wax, scents, color, wicks, containers or molds, and shipping, if there is any.) Once this is established, decide on a certain precentage mark-up, then price those candles...once they're made, of course.

#3 Get a large container to melt the wax in. You can use a double boiler on the stove or order a set-up from your candle company. This, however, can be expensive. I suggest you get a $10 crockpot from Walmart. It works just as well and takes up less space.

#4 Melt wax. To do this, cut off desired amount of wax, put in melting container, then wait for the wax to melt. Depending on the amount you are melting it can take anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes. If you're using a crockpot, you can turn it up as high as it will go and not worry about burning your wax. If using a double broiler, the same applies. However, if using a set-up ordered exclusively from the candle company, consult the manual before turning on high.

#5 Once the wax is melted, you need add only the coloring and scents.

#6 Pour wax into containers or molds. Just about anything will work as a candle container. The most popular item right now is fruit jars. As well, any little contianer you pick up at a yard sale or have lying around is worthy candle-containing material.

#7 Insert wicks and wait for candles to harden. This usually takes around twenty minutes for a 16 ounce container.

#8 Once hardened, remove from molds or add lids or plastic covering to containers.

#9 Price your candles and sell!