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Perk Up Your Pillar Candles!

by Chandler 24. May 2013 18:54

Last week on our blog we talked about getting creative with candle containers. This week, we're pointing out the potential in pillar candles!

Pillar candles are one of the most basic candles to create, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring. When you think out of the box and try some new techniques, they can add a touch of elegance to your home decor!

Not sure how to make a pillar candle? Check out our post on The Power of Pillars.

You will need to make a basic pillar candle before you use any of the following techniques.

Martha Stewart has three techniques to dress up your pillars that we just love!

Swirled-String Candles

Learn how to use waxed twine to create an interesting pattern on the surface of your pillar candle.

How to make swirl-string candles.

 

 

 

Basket-Weave Candles

An easy weaving technique of beeswax sheets can create a complex, crafty-looking candle.

You can get your beeswax sheets right here on Candlewic.com! Click here to browse beeswax.

How to make basket-weave candles.

 

Faux Bois Candles

Faux bois, or "fake wood", candles are a great way to bring natural looking decor into your home.

How to make faux bois candles.

 

 

 

These are just three techniques you can use to perk up your pillar candles! Think outside of the box and try inventing some techniques of your own! And don't forget to get all your pillar candle supplies right here:

 

*Photo credits: Marthastewart.com


Get Creative with Candle Containers!

by Chandler 17. May 2013 20:03

We scoured the Internet to find some new and inspiring candle container ideas for you to try! Whether you’re looking for a dazzling centerpiece or a gift for a dear friend, these DIY ideas take candles to a whole new level.

Teacup Candles

This blog shows us how to upcycle vintage teacups into cute candles. We think these would be perfect for bridal shower décor or gifts!
You can buy the supplies to make teacup candles on our site!

  • Soy Wax: Not sure which you like best? Try out sampler set!
  • Wicks

Learn how to make them:
http://theresakistel.com/diy-teacup-candles/

Bottle Candles

The newest candle trend going around is wine bottle candles. You can buy them from companies online, but they are very inexpensive to make yourself! Whether you want to remember a special event or just hate to throw away a beautiful bottle, you can transform them into your own candles!
You can buy the supplies to make bottle candles on our site!

Learn how to make them:
http://discoveringlifesstitches.blogspot.com/2013/01/wine-bottle-candles-diy.html

There are numerous ideas out there for making candles in creative containers, from fresh fruit to seashells and tin cans! Think out of the box! Don’t forget to stock up on supplies from Candlewic, then share your creative candle creations with us on Facebook!


Candle Project:: DIY Citronella Candles

by Chandler 10. May 2013 19:35

It's finally getting warmer outside, which means cookouts and outdoor fun is just around the corner! But with that warm weather come the uninvited guests . . . bugs! And more specifically, mosquitos!

Don't let these party crashers ruin your next get-together.

DIY Citronella Candles

Check out this blog post for instructions on making your own citronella candles to keep the bugs at bay!

The best thing about this project is that you can use a variety of containers, from mason jars to terracotta pots and tin pails-- get creative!

Candlewic has all the supplies you need to make your own citronella candles:

 


Candle Project: Making Clam Shell Melts and Tarts

by Chandler 2. May 2013 23:50

Adding clam shells or tarts can be extremely easy, and, in many instances, you can use your existing wax formula and these products can then double as a way for you to send samples of what your fragrances smell like.

Ideally, the best wax to use for making tarts and clam shell melts is the CBL-129. It has excellent cold fragrance throw and will release very nice from the clam shell or the tart mold. You can use a low shrink wax but they do not release as well from the molds and soy can be brittle at times getting the wax out without breaking.

Instructions

Step 1

If using a wax like CBL-129 or a paraffin wax take the product up to around 140°F. With soy you will only need to take the wax up to around 120°F or so.

Step 2

When your wax reaches the desired temperatures add your dye. With soy it will be easier to use liquid dyes because they will not have to melt like the color blocks.

Step 3

Add your fragrance. In most instances, since you want to deliver great fragrance throw with a small cube you should be closer to 7-9% fragrance which works out to about 1.25-1.85 ounce per pound of wax. Again a reason to use the CBL-129 is that it will hold that much fragrance.

Step 4

Lay out the clam shells and slowly pour your wax to the desired level.

When your wax is hard simply close and apply a label. You can custom design your own label for the front by going to Avery.com

Step 4 (alternative)

If you wanted to make tarts you should heat the wax close to 150°F and then choose the mold you want to pour into. The Floating candle mold M-112 is one of the most popular choices but there are many other choices like hearts, ducks, ships and others. In addition soap molds can also be used for making tarts.

The nice thing about the clam shells mold is the packing. After pouring the only handling required is closing and applying a label. The clam shell also has a "peg hole" - making it easy to display on any retail location. These products are also a great way to use up your extra wax and maximize your wax yield.


Candle Project: Summer Sand Candles

by Chandler 9. April 2013 17:26

Despite our continued cold spell here in the Northeast, summer will soon be upon us. As you plan your summer vacation, be sure to also plan for those possible rainy day activities. Sand candles have been around for a very long time and can make a memorable gift from your summer vacation. The other thing to consider when making this candle is to use up "scrap wax" you may have recently generated. Since each candle can be of a different design and shape using different color waxes will not effect the finished product.

Materials

  • Tub / Bucket
  • Water
  • Glass or solid object
  • Wax (141 Melt point)
  • Wick
  • Dyes or (Color Blocks)

Instructions

Fill the tub/bucket up with sand. Add water (you will have to experiment with the amount of water since sand texture varies) and try to pack the sand as tight as possible. The tighter it packs and the less water you use, the more consistent the outside shell of the candle will be.

Once the sand is packed tightly, take the cup or object and form a "cavity" in the sand. Once the cavity is formed, take your wax and pour at around 195-205°F. The wax can already be colored or you can now take color blocks and swirl them on top.

Once the wax gets a film on top, place the wick assembly into the wax. As the wax gets a little harder you may want to add shells and other non-combustible decorations.


About the author

Hi I'm Chandler. Thanks for visiting! Illumine is all about helpful projects, ideas, and articles related to candle and soap making and the candle and soap making business.

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