How to Build a Home Candle Making Business from the Ground Up

Learn how Dennis Murphy built his successful home candle making business with a small budget, hard work and knowing where to sell his wares.



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Dennis Murphy, just after moving into his new basement workshop. Note the still-unpacked molds in lower left corner of this photo and empty crates (that will soon be filled with candles) in the background.
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All Denny's wax melting is done on an old kitchen range in make-shift double boilers. Murphy's wax chiller is nothing but a second-hand refrigerator... proving that a $1,000 a week candle business can be set up with only the simplest of tools. Denny says anyone can do it.
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Denny prepares to pour colored wax into ice cube trays in this easy technique for making multi-colored candles.
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Dennis Murphy makes his production candles by first casting ice cube-size chunks of colored wax in?naturally enough?ice cube trays (see lower photo on page 68). He then stockpiles these chunk.. of wax according to color in large paper bags (see photo at right) and places a handful of assorted cubes in his candle molds just after wicking and prior to filling the molds with hot wax of yet another color. The result is a multi-colored candle.
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These twenty candles are all that remain from 1,000 taken to a one-day sale.
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Denny relaxes with a TV break in has basement workshop after single-handedly 'manufacturing' a batch of candles.
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