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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 Making Project: Mottled Candle

by Chandler 23. January 2013 02:02

One of the looks most often associated with heavily fragranced candles is the mottled look. This look can be easily accomplished with containers, pillars and votives. It requires starting with the right wax. Not all waxes will mottle, so using the right wax is essential.

The first step is to decide what type of candle you will be making and choosing the appropriate wax for that application.

Materials

Step 1
Select, clean, wick, and prepare your jars or molds as you normally do.

Step 2

Melt your wax, add color and 5% fragrance.

Step 3
Once the candle has been poured and is completely cooled, remove it from the mold.

Step 4
Pour your wax between 165-175°F.

Step 5

Pillars and votives: Top off your candle. When the top off completely hardens, remove it from the mold.

Containers: Top off candle.

Special Notes on Mottled Candles:

The reaction between the fragrance and the wax (causing it to fracture) is what causes the mottling. The fragrance and the process can have an impact on the level of mottling. If you do not achieve the desired mottling, try pouring cooler first and then hotter until the desired result is achieved.

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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.


How to Select a Candle Wax

by Chandler 24. July 2012 01:22

This beginner's guide on how to select the proper wax type for your desired candle creation shows you the benefits of Soy and Paraffin waxes. Learn which wax is best for you!

 

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Simple Outdoor Candle Project

by Chandler 10. March 2010 00:52

We are going to make this month's project relatively simple so it will allow you to approach the project from several different angles. 

  1. With summer rapidly approaching many people start to reduce the amount of time spent inside thus burning less candles. This project will allow you to make a candle that your customer can burn outside when enjoying a nice Spring or Summer night on the patio.  Citronella candles remain a popular outside candle.
  2. We featured what to do with small amounts of left over wax you could use the wax from a large container/pillar that did not meet your expectation.
  3. It can be made 100% natural
Materials Needed

Wax Suggestions

Container Fill
Excess Wax (Anything you have on hand)
Soy 120 or Soy 125 (If wanting to make all natural)

Wick Suggestion
Square Braided if using large containers
# 8 or #10

Wick Clip - CI-315
Citronella Scent
Glassware - GW-016
Glue Dots

Step 1
Take the wax you have selected and heat up to recommended temperature:

  • If using Soy 120 or Soy 125, heat to 125F and add your fragrance.  For best results add approximately 1 ounce per pound of wax.
  • If using the Container Fill, heat it up to 150F-160F and use the same amount of fragrance.
  • If you are using your left overs, follow the recommended pouring temperatures.

 Step 2
Take your wick and feed through the wick assembly.  Take needle nose pliers and pinch the clip.  Place in the container and secure with Glue Dot.  Pour your wax in at the recommended temperatures above.

Step 3
Due to the size of this container several topping offs will be necessary. .

This project should be easy and makes for a great outdoor candle. If you use the soy wax, you can market it as a very "green candle".

 


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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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