En-Light-ener" January 2002
Candle Making Newsletter
2001, A QUICK REVIEW
For Candlewic, 2001 was a year of challenge and growth in response to the needs
of our customers. Our new website www.candlewic.com and
on-line store premiered in September, which allowed us to be available
on a 24/7 schedule. At any time of the day or night, you can order products,
send e-mails and review technical information. It's a continual challenge
to meet the needs of candle makers and our website has been a tremendous
2001, Candlewic doubled the size of its offices, manufacturing
and warehouse space. This serious effort to meet the demands
of our customers allowed us to increase our stocked merchandise
and give the speedy delivery everyone has come to rely upon from
Candlewic. With our new website, our larger warehouse and of
course, our commitment to new products, Candlewic looks forward
to working with you in 2002 and beyond. Thank you.
MAKE SOMETHING FUN FOR THE WINTER
Y0UR OWN "FROSTY" SNOWMAN CANDLE
For those in our colder climate, you may appreciate this fun project.
Start by taking three ball candles of different sizes, and pile them in snowman
form. Fill the gaps that will be created with whipped wax. (See March
2001 newsletter for details on whipping wax if necessary).
The snowman now
begins to take shape. This is where the fun can begin. You can
decorate the head with a cap and nose using the same whip wax.
You can color this with any color. Next, take extra wax and pour
it into a cookie sheet. Then cut out the snowman's eyes, mouth,
scarf and mittens. These extras can be attached to the snowman
using pins. For best result, heat the pins to prevent the candle
fun thing about this project is that the snowman can be as fancy
or as simple as you desire.
|We receive a question similar to this several times
a week: "Hi. I want
to make candles. Tell me what to do."
Our answer to this question is different than most because
before we can make recommendations, the questioner
needs to answer some things on their own and do
some general homework first. We suggest you do
the following first:
1. Decide what type of candle you would like to make.
For example, waxes used in pillars are different
than waxes used in container fills. This also applies
to the type of wick that will be needed, etc.
2. Decide if this will be a hobby or a business. The quantities needed
will vary greatly depending on your plans.
3. Determine where you will make your candles. If you decide that the
place will be your kitchen, make sure you can properly protect the
area because you will spill and drip wax.
4. Purchase a book that describes in detail all the safety rules needed
in order to make a candle safely.
Q: When I pour my gel
I sometimes will get clouding, what can cause this?
A: The clouding of
the gel can come from several different sources. It could
be from the wax coating used on the pre-wick assembly,
or some fragrances--even though gel compatible--can cause
the gel to cloud. Finally, if you are using wax inserts
they can melt, causing the gel to cloud. There are several
ways to reduce the clouding. One is to use the highest
temperature coating on your pre-wick assembly. (Candlewic
uses one that is over 210 F.) Other ways to reduce clouding
include making sure your fragrances are as clear as possible
and trying a wax that has a higher melt point for the
As you have come to expect, Candlewic continuously adds new items to its line
of candle making products. Already introduced but always expanding in available
colors, our new Color
Buttons have proven to be a big hit. Seven colors are now available
with more on the way. Other new items include Books, Gel
Wax Inserts and Ultimate
Fragrances. Many new and exciting products will be introduced in 2002
including some waxes. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any
SPEAKING OF SAFETY...
It is a new year, so it doesn't hurt
to remind everyone to think safety first when making candles. There
are many safety rules to follow; here are a few.
1. REMEMBER, paraffin wax and gel wax are different and each have their own
rules to follow.
2. ALWAYS use an accurate thermometer.
3. NEVER leave wax unattended while it is on a heat source.
4. NEVER leave wax unattended around children.
5. ALWAYS have the proper fire extinguisher available.
6. NEVER throw water on a wax fire.
7. ALWAYS know your pouring temperatures.
The burn rate is how much wax is consumed based on the initial
candle weight minus final weight dived by time burned. While it
is impossible to make any initial determinations from the burn
rate this figure is important when matching wicks or when determining
what size wick to test.
We are also very happy to report that our first-ever warehouse clearance sale
was a huge success. The event ran for three days at the end of December 2001.
Many participants traveled 3-4 hours to experience the savings and went home "happy
campers." For us, it was a wonderful way to meet and talk with many people,
discussing candle making ideas as well as techniques.
The feedback we received was so positive that we have decided to have a Spring
Open House in April. However, this time it will be held for one day only,
on Sunday, April 7, 2002. And, it will be combined with a Beginners Candle
Making Class. Please check our website for further
details. The class will be limited in size, so call now to sign up early. If
demand is large enough, several classes may be offered.
There were three winners from the drawing at the December clearance sale, one
from each day. Each person will receive a starter kit of aluminum candle making
molds. The winners are Shelly Melso, Frank Cangialosi and Becky Peterson.
We love to hear from you, so keep sending those e-mails with suggestions and
ideas. We will try to answer everyone as soon as possible. firstname.lastname@example.org