27. November 2013 17:39
One of the best candle projects to make with kids in your family or youth group is wax art crystal candles. Wax art crystals, or granulated wax, is a wax that has been formed into tiny beads slightly larger than sand. The product is available in a myriad of colors and even several scents. What makes this so easy is that the wax does not have to be melted. It can be easily poured into any "candle safe" container. For anyone who has seen "Sand Art" the concept is identical except when you are finished you have a candle that can be burned.
Once you have selected the proper container take a completed wick assembly (one with a base) and place into the glass container. The best wick for this application is going to be something like a 34-40 zinc.
The best way to get started is to select several colors and gently pour the crystals into the glass container with a spoon or other dispensing tool. You can take multiple colors and layer them in the glass to the desired height. For ultimate effects such as waves, you can take a long, narrow pointer such as a knitting needle and slide down the side of the glass container. This will create "waves" in the wax. This is a project any age child or adult can enjoy. This is a great project for cub scouts, girl scouts, and camping trips. The candles can even be used as wedding favors.
The true advantage to wax art crystals is that they may also be melted and poured to make votives, pillars and even small containers. The wax art crystals are easy to handle and can be melted in any type of double boiler. The colors are slightly more concentrated, so white wax art crystals should be added to
any color to lessen the intensity. What is nice is you can mix, match and melt the crystals to get any color shade you desire.
Get started with our Granulated Wax Art Kit, which comes with 5 lb bags of granulated wax (unscented), 8-9oz hexagon jars with lids & 10 wicks!
12. July 2013 22:34
Our project tip of the month is using votive pins when making votive candles. Votive pins are one of the best products to help make the perfect votive every time.
Insert the votive pin into the votive mold.
Heat the wax to 180°F and stir in color.
Let the wax cool to the desired pouring temp.
Add 4% to 6% fragrance.
Fill the mold/pin with wax.
Remove the pin carefully by tapping
Insert the wick assembly into candle
Voila votives! With votive pins you can ensure a centered wick and a finished product so perfect it doesn't even look homemade.
14. June 2013 19:09
Once you've made your favorite scented candle or votive, don't stop there! Try your hand at making your own candleholders too!
This idea from Spirello's blog is an easy and elegant one to start with! The lace candleholder makes a great table centerpiece, especially for weddings or more formal events.
Here's what you need:
1) Blow up the balloon and hang it with a string somewhere it can dry.
2)Soak the doilies in wallpaper glue and stick them in an overlapping pattern over the balloon.
3) Leave the balloon to dry. When completely dry, just pop the balloon and you'll have a beautiful lace shell you can use as a candleholder! (Make sure the candle you place inside is in some type of container, whether a glass votive or tea light holder.)
You could use this same technique with other materials as well, such as newspaper or string!
Of course this is just one of the ways you can dress up the candles you've been making with your materials from Candlewic.com.
*Credit: Spirello Blog
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.
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!
Learn how to make them:
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:
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!
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.