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One-Pour Tins: A Candle Project for Gift-Giving Holidays

by Chandler 25. September 2012 19:18

If you are starting out making candles and looking for a good "gift" or project for this holiday season, a Natural candle in a tin fits both needs. These tins are easy to make and can easily be personalized. In many instances tins do not always require coloring, and the natural color of the Soy works very well, especially for Aromatherapy candles.

The aluminum tin container eliminates the need to worry over "wet spots" commonly found in glass container candles and does not require a second pour. They are simple to make, easy to decorate and eliminate the issue of jars breaking in transit. So, if you are in need of a project with your group, this is perfect. And to really reduce your cost check out our clearance fragrances.

Ingredients

  •     Aluminum Tins
  •     Soy 125
  •     Wick Assembly
  •     Color (optional)
  •     Fragrance


Instructions

Step 1

Heat your Soy 125 to around 150 F if you are not adding any color. If you are adding color, heat your wax up to around 180 F. Add your dye and scent and let cool back down to 150 F.
We offer several options for coloring your wax.

Step 2

Remove the lids from your tins and arrange on the pouring table. Some people insert wicks first with a glue dot and some add the wick after they pour. Both methods work well.

Step 3

Add your fragrance and pour.


Step 4

Let cool and decorate the tin as desired. Tins get hot, so be sure to label the finished candle appropriately.


Marketing Ideas (Part Two)

by Chandler 10. March 2010 01:33

Marketing at all Events of the Year
Wedding season is rapidly approaching along with showers and there is not a better gift for the attendees to these events then a candle to commemorate the occasion. Develop a "custom package" that simplifies the selection process for the bride or individual organizing the activity.  Maybe it is organza bag with a votive/small jar with a nice personalized tag identifying the event including names and dates.

While it is coming fast enough for my kids, end of the school year will occur soon and candles can represent a nice thank you gift for Teachers, Bus Drivers and School Aides. The key would be to have a package that can easily be customized.  The Avery Company has made if very easy to make custom labels using their templates you can import your own pictures, graphics and text.  Let your customer choose what goes on the label including possibly a picture, quote or graphic.  The way the templates are set up you can make each label personalized fairly easily and if you a color printer they can be printed right at your home computer.

Real Estate Agents and other professionals are always looking for nice gift items to give away to their customers.  Candles that can be customized for them presents a great marketing tool.

On a larger scale the entire retail climate has undergone a transition where only the strongest retailers are surviving and others are shutting their doors.  This can create tremendous opportunities because consumers still want choices and with so few retailers to choose from the selection of "niche items" like candles are hard to find.  The key is to try and reach these consumers.   

With the current high employment rate people are going to be looking for new opportunities.  Some of the most successful candle companies have achieved their success through "party plans".   Pitch the idea of a candle party to your friends, neighbors and acquaintances as a way for them to make money.   Even if the attendees may not purchase anything be sure to get them to sign up for your mailings.  

Online Marketing
In addition using every online resource is going to be essential for survival.  With new technology and other conditions building a website is much more reasonable.    As you may have read just putting up a website will not be enough you will need to drive traffic to the site but in the end it can be more cost effective than opening a retail store.   If you already have a retail store use the site to drive traffic to your store by offering coupons that can be printed out.  Or if your customer prefers to shop from home make that experience easy as well.

As you begin to build a customer base, the key is also to keep on top of the trends in the industry.  Fragrances are very important to people and having them timely to the season of the year is critical to maximize the impact of the season.

Without doubt the entire supply chain is undergoing a huge transition and techniques and efforts that may have been successful even several years ago will not be as effective.   The key is to continue building your own brand that consumers want even if currently on a local scent.


Bath-Time Scented Frog Candle

by Chandler 10. March 2010 00:34

 

Material Needed

(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

Step 1
Using an exacto knife, cut 3 pieces of Template A (Frog Head) from the Honeycomb Hunter Green Wax.

Step 2
Cut 12 pieces of Template B (Frog Hands/Feet)

Step 3
Taking the 3 pieces cut in Step 1, warm using hands and press together.

Step 4
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.

Step 5
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.

Step 6
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.

Step 7
Place prewicked votive tabs on bottom of bowl in a triangle. Space evenly.

Step 8
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.

Step 9
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.

Step 10
Take a small scrap of burnt orange to make the beak. Press onto face.

Step 11
Paint two eyes on bird, using Black Fabric Paint. Set in candle beads.

 

 


Tri-Color Jar Candle

by Chandler 9. March 2010 23:55

 

Soy Wax

Materials Needed

- 2 lb of Palm 1 wax
- Pouring pitcher
- Thermometer
- Burgundy liquid dye
  EVO-12
- Apothecary jar
- RRD-50 wick
- Wooden popsicle sticks

 

 

Step 1
Add 1 lb of the Palm 1 wax into the pouring pitcher.

Step 2
Clip the thermometer onto the top of the pouring pitcher with the thermometer inside.

Step 3
Place the wax filled pouring pitcher into a large pan of boiling water. This will create a double boiler for you to heat your wax. Do not allow the water to boil dry.

Heating wax on direct heat can cause the wax to overheat and possibly ignite.  NEVER HEAT WAX DIRECTLY ON A HEAT SOURCE.

Step 4
As the wax melts, monitor the temperature with the thermometer. For accuracy do not allow the bottom of the thermometer to touch the bottom or sides of the pouring pot. Tip the pouring pot until the bottom of the thermometer is covered with the liquid wax. When the wax temperature reaches 185° F add two teaspoons of the liquid EVO-12 Burgundy color and stir. 

Step 5
Now you are ready to pour the first layer into the Apothecary jar. Monitor the temperature making sure it is at the pouring temperature of 180° F. Pour the first layer of colored wax into your jar to a height of 1”. After approximately 5 minutes place the RRD-50 wick into the jar. Make sure the wick tab is centered on the bottom of the. The hot wax will cause the wick to lean so use wooden popsicle sticks or wooden coffee stirrers to prevent the wick from falling toward the sides of the jar. Place the stick across the top of the jar to support the wick. Two sticks may be needed. Place the wick between each stick until it is centered.

Step 6
Allow the wax to cool for approximately 3 hours or until the layer is solid and firm. 

Step 7
To prepare your second layer you will add 4 oz of Palm 1 wax to the colored wax that remains in your pour pitcher and repeat the melting and pouring process above (remember do not add any color).  We are increasing the wax amount so that the original color will decrease in intensity.

Step 8
Repeat the cooling time for the second layer.

Step 9
Last layer, add 4 oz. of Palm 1 wax to the remaining wax in the pour pitcher and repeat the melt and pour processes, making sure that the pour temp is at 180° F. Repeat the cooling process.

 


Give Meaning to your Candles with Color

by Chandler 9. March 2010 23:46

Did you know that color selection can tell us a lot about personalities?

Yellow
Stable, Provides security, Dependable, Efficient.

Red
Fun-loving, Lively, Spontaneous, Flexible, Carefree, Hands-on.

Green
Tough-minded, Powerful, Efficient, Usually right, Possesses deep knowledge.

Blue
Warm, Compassionate, Romantic, Idealistic.

 


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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