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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Tub / Bucket
- Glass or solid object
- Wax (141 Melt point)
- Dyes or (Color Blocks)
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.
26. March 2013 20:22
One of the easiest novelty candles to make is the streak candle. What makes this project so easy is that you do not have to change anything you are doing when pouring your candles.
- To start this project, first select any pillar type mold. Melt your wax 10-15° F higher than your usual pouring temperature. Add your scent as usual but do not add color.
- Before pouring your wax into the mold take any color block or pigment dye and shave it into smaller pieces, you can do as many colors as desired.
- Once you have shavings of several colors, pour your wax into the mold.
- As soon as you are finished pouring, take pieces of your shavings and place a needle through the shavings.
- Hold the needle with the shavings against the mold. The dye will begin streaking down the sides causing a "tie dyed" effect. Repeat this using the same or different color, being careful not to over color.
Any mold can be used for this project.
Each candle made will look different than any other one and allows you to do an infinite amount of themed candles such as red, white and blue or any other color.
10. March 2010 00:34
(for one candle)
- Beeswax Craft Sheets
- 1 Honeycomb Hunter Green
- Scraps of Honeycomb Sunflower and Honeycomb Burnt Orange
- Candle Bowl
- 340g Scented Candle Beads
- 3 Prewicked Votive Tabs
- Pair of googly eyes
- Black fabric paint
- PROJECT SHEET
Using an exacto knife, cut 3 pieces of Template A (Frog Head) from the Honeycomb Hunter Green Wax.
Cut 12 pieces of Template B (Frog Hands/Feet)
Taking the 3 pieces cut in Step 1, warm using hands and press together.
Using the pieces cut in Step 2, press 3 pieces together warming with your hands. This will make one hand. Continue with the remaining pieces until you have 2 hands and 2 feet.
Press the googly eyes as shown in the picture. Using black fabric paint, draw the smile on the frog’s face. Let the fabric paint dry completely before completing the remainingsteps.
Take frog’s head and press the neck firmly onto edge of bowl to secure. Place the hands and feet as shown in picture, pressing the arms and legs firmly to secure themto the edge of the bowl.
You will want to make sure the pieces are secured to the bowl as once the candle beads are in the bowl, they make it difficultfor a loose piece to stick to the side of the bowl.
Place prewicked votive tabs on bottom of bowl in a triangle. Space evenly.
Pour scented candle beads in bowl to look like bath tub. Fill candle beads right up by frog face and hands and feet so all you can see are the hands, feet and face stickingout.
To make the bird take a small piece of Honeycomb Sunflower scraps. Roll into a small ball. Make a small fan shape and press onto end of ball to make tail. Make another ball, smallerthan the first and press in onto the larger ball to make the birds head.
Take a small scrap of burnt orange to make the beak. Press onto face.
Paint two eyes on bird, using Black Fabric Paint. Set in candle beads.
9. August 2009 23:57
5 Honeycomb Beeswax Sheets (any color)
Cut 12 of the wax shapes with cutters. (Hint: Gently warming the sheets makes it easier to press the cutter through the wax.)
Stack six shapes together, gently warming each one. Pat each shape down using the palm of your hand to ensure shapes stick together.
Place a wick on top of the six shapes that are stacked together, as in Diagram A.
Continue to stack the remaining shapes on top of the wick.
Cut two shapes from the corrugated or smooth wax to add a new look to the outside of the candle.