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Beachy Candle Projects

by Chandler 15. May 2014 17:22

Summer is upon us! After you've made your way back from the beaches this summer, try your hand at one of these interesting beach candle projects! It's a great way to take a little piece of paradise home with you.

Candlewic Sand Candles

Materials

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

Instructions

  1. Fill the tub/bucket up with sand.
  2. Add water 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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!

Sea Glass Votives

As you walk along the foamy coast, collect the smoothed over pieces of colorful sea glass. For a quick and easy candle project you can make a centerpiece that glows all those pretty blue-green colors.

Just grab a glass votive holder, a homemade votive or one from Candlewic, and a larger container or mason jar to set the votive holder in. Place the votive in the votive holder and lower into the larger container. Fill the space between the votive and container with your colorful sea glass. For the best glow, fill it to the top of the container.

***Photo and idea from Lovely Greens blog.

Sea Shell Votives

Many people like to collect sea shells from their beach vacations. Instead of letting them sit around or get misplaced, put them to use as candles! This project works best with larger sea shells. All you need is a wick assembly, your melted wax and the shell.

Simply place your wick assembly at the center of the shell and pour your wax into the seashell, making sure your wick stands straight. When the wax hardens you can place several of these candles on a decorative, fire-safe platter decorated with sand, pebbles, sea glass or other things you've collected on vacation!

***Photo courtesy of Where OR What Blog.

 

Did you try one of our summer beach candle projects with Candlewic products? Send us your photos! We'd love to see the finished products!


Lace Candleholder Project

by Chandler 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:

  • Old crochet doilies
  • A balloon
  • Wallpaper glue

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

 


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: 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.


Tips on Creating Gel Candles

by Chandler 28. February 2013 17:53

Blueberry wax candle inserts

Gel candles are an extremely popular and versatile type of candle. They allow for a lot of artistic possibility. One popular gel candle creation you've probably seen is the "Fruit Preserve." This is where a jelly jar is filled with wax fruit inserts (shown right), then filled with gel. You can even create champagne glasses, beer mugs and other "drink" candle creations with gel. In some respects, gel can be easier to learn with than most candle materials. It's important to know the requirements and properties of gel,
however, before you venture into the process.

Gel, as previously defined by Penreco and now Calumet, is:

A specially selected, processed mineral oil that is gelled with copolymers that give them a clear rubbery texture. Similar to traditional wax candles, clear gel candles are commonly produced from a hydrocarbon base stock.

Instructions for Selecting the Proper Gel

The selection of the proper gel is limited to three different densities. The determination of the proper gel for your application will be dependent upon the type of gel candle you will be making and how much fragrance will be used.

  1. The low density (Candlewic's CG-1) is generally suited for gel candles with 0-3% fragrance loads. Generally, the low density can be poured at lower temperatures, ideally 195°-205°F.
  2. The medium density (Candlewic's CG-2) is generally suited for candles with 3-5% fragrance. This density is a good gel for embedding many of the wax inserts. This particular gel is quickly becoming the most popular gel.
  3. The high density (Candlewic's CG-3) is best suited when embedding heavier wax inserts and higher scent loads.

When making gel candles there are no additives needed, and in most instances, anything you add to the gel, including fragrance sometimes, can cloud the finished product.

Safety Precautions for Making Gel Candles

Before making gel candles for resale it is important that you review all of the safety precautions for manufacturing these candles. These safety precautions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Must use fragrances that are non-polar. (If you are not sure, check with your fragrance supplier)
  • Fragrances must have a flash point higher then 170° F
  • Proper wick selection is critical. In some instances you may want to undersize your wick. This can create a unique "glowing" effect as the candle burns. It is important to test burn wicks in all your containers.
  • A wick assembly should have a wick base that has a 9mm neck.
  • Depending upon density, do not go over the recommended percent usage for fragrance.
  • Always have burning instructions.
  • Make sure gel embeds are not flammable. (It can be surprising at times what objects are flammable.)

One of the most intriguing aspects of the gel candle is its endless ability to create new and interesting designs. The gel candle has brought a whole new level of "art" to candle making. Glass containers filled with "scenes" and other designs make this product as popular as ever.

Want to know more? Check out our Gel Candle Making Tips for Beginners.


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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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