Getting Ready for the Season
As August ticks away, it is that time of year for
us as candle makers to be serious about making candles for
the busy holiday season. If you have not done so already,
it is important to get your operation tuned and ready for
the upcoming months. The fall and winter holidays provide
many occasions to burn candles and you want to be ready for
The first step is deciding how many candles you will be
making. A good starting point for this is to look over your
last few years of sales numbers and decide if you will be
making more or less candles than the previous years. There
is no crystal ball that can tell you how your year is going
to shape up, but there are a few tell tale signs. For example,
if you sell wholesale candles to retailers, it never hurts
to pick up the phone and ask them how their stores are doing.
If you sell your candles at craft fairs or outdoor markets
you can compare this year's schedule with previous years'
and make a decision based on the number of venues. Talk with
other candle makers in your area and try to feel out the
market place together.
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Once you have a feeling for the amount of candles you may
need, you will want to make sure you have enough resources
and tools to meet the forecast. Over the last couple of years
we have highlighted “new advancements” in the
industry that help increase production. If you are making
a larger quantity of votives, you may want to consider using votive
pins for a perfectly centered wick every time, or have
your wick assemblies made with 33
mm self centering clips that can be inserted directly
into the votive
can help speed up pillar production with the use of pillar
pins, which also provides for a perfectly straight wick
every time. If you are making containers with a wax that
is not single pour, a wick
stick may be the perfect way to go for straight container
wicks. One last thing that may be considered relatively new
in terms of popularity, is blended
wax. A low shrinkage container wax such as CBL-130 or CBL-125 helps
to eliminate the need for a second pour. When making freestanding
candles such as novelties or pillars, CBL-141 is
perfect. The CBL-129 is
just the right wax for containers AND votives with just one
How do I increase my sales in the fall
season while I am waiting for the holiday season to start?
folks. I am always answering questions about increasing sales
during the slower times of year, but this time let’s
take a look at the fall season and discuss the option of
fund raising. School is starting, which also means school
fund raisers are starting as well. If your child’s
class is looking for a unique way to make money, offer them
a fund raising program that involves selling candles. All
you have to do is put together a brochure for the children
to use as a sales aid and get ready to make some candles.
Fundraising is not only for children in school. You can create
programs for bands, PTO, local social clubs, volunteer ambulance
and fire corps, business clubs, fantasy football leagues,
churches, foundations, sports leagues, and any other organization
that is in need of some extra funding.
Cardboard Recycling Program
has initiated a cardboard recycling program for our surplus
cardboard. All of our excess cardboard gets collected and
reprocessed to be used in future paper fiber applications
for countless industries. By recycling a large portion of
our waste, we can feel confident we are preserving resources
for future generations.
Making votives with votive
Insert votive pin into votive mold.
Heat wax to 180 degrees F and stir in color.
Let wax cool to desired pouring temp.
Add 4% to 6% fragrance.
Fill mold/pin with wax.
Remove pin by carefully tapping.
Insert wick assembly into candle.
If you are looking to make great looking candles without
heating wax, you are in luck. You have two alternative options
to make beautiful candles without the need of heating up
wax. Beeswax sheets (on
sale this month) and
waxes are both great ways to make candles without
melting wax. Both methods are great for kids and
for places where heating wax is not possible (such
as a campfire or an after dinner party activity).