May 01, 2004

What's Happening in May?

As the summer season approaches, it is not always easy to visit our website when you are on the road selling candles. We have an 80-page full-color catalog available to take with you everywhere you go. It contains complete information about all of our products. There is a great chart of wick recommendations on page 72 and page 73.

Thanks for stopping by the booth at this year’s National Candle Association. It was great meeting new people and seeing old friends. Next month we’ll have some great news to share with everybody.

We are receiving great feedback for our guide to candle making website, which launched last month. Keep emailing us with ideas for topics and we’ll write about them in future issues of the Enlightener.

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What's Happening in May?

May is the unofficial start of summer for many of us. Some candle makers start their busy summer season, while others are bracing for their slower season depending on where they live. This is one of the times in the year when we get extra requests for new items. Whether you are doing some last-minute additions to your summer line-up, or if you are using your slow time to try new things, feel free to contact us to help you with something new.

There seems to be a continued interest in new and exciting pillars. You could almost call it a pillar renaissance for candle makers in all parts of the country. We have seen some truly exciting things people are doing with their pillar candles. Somewhere between using new pouring techniques, new additive combinations, new molds, and creative decorating applications, candle makers are able to produce unique candles that can be sold at an artistic premium and cannot be found in a mass merchant store. A great starting point is to try our unique DSM Molds or polyurethane molds as a base to work from.

Natural waxes continue to grow in popularity as a complement to your paraffin line. Although paraffin waxes tend to offer more flexibility in aesthetics, many candle makers are finding success by offering a line of natural waxes such as palm wax, soy wax, or vegetable blended waxes in their offering.

Clear Pillar technology is the perfect answer for a candle that is truly different than anything else you've ever offered. We offer clear candle kits that come with just enough of everything you need to make these really fantastic candles so you can try them for yourself and see how exciting they are. They really attract a crowd!

Beeswax Sheets and Powdered Wax Art Crystals are still the easiest way to share the candle making experience with your customers, take on the road at festivals and fairs, use in candle making workshops, or even with relatives and kids (under supervision). The possibilities are endless.

 

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The Three F’s – Frequently Forgotten
Facts

We all have so many things on our proverbial plate. We are remembering wax formulas, customer requests, fair and flea market dates, – it is too much sometimes. This month I have a handy little document you can download that reminds us of some of the information we should know, but sometimes forget when a full batch of wax is ready to be poured and we have to think quick. Click here to download it and keep it nearby when things get hectic.

 

 


May 2004

PROJECT:
Freestanding
Gel Pillars & Novelties

This month’s project is the easiest and most inexpensive way to introduce your self to clear gel pillars and novelty candles. By purchasing a clear candle kit for as little as $16.95, you can get everything you need to try these exciting candles – molds, scent, wick, and color are all included in these complete kits. The only thing you need is a pouring pot and thermometer to be in your way to making the coolest candle on the block.

Ingredients
Clear Candle Kit
( includes instructions)

 
Pouring Pot


Thermometer

Instructions

Step 1
Prepare your clear pillar wax and color as you normally would for any other candle. The kit comes with easy to use color wafers and there are NO additives necessary.

Step 2
Prepare your mold according to the kit instructions. Different kits use different types of molds, but they all work well. Each kit explains the best method for inserting wick and contains the correct wick for the particular kit.

Step 3
Add your fragrance and pour the gel into the mold.

Step 4
Let cool and carefully remove the candle from the mold. Brush the coating (supplied in the kit) on the finished candle to avoid fingerprints on the finished candle.


Quick Facts:

Burn Tests

Burn testing is a process that every candle maker has had to do at one time or another. There are a few things to watch for when performing a burn test.

Time – The amount of time you let your candle burn at any given session changes the way it burns. There is no way to expect all customers to burn your candles the same time, the same way, in the same wind conditions, etc. When performing your tests, use different candles to simulate different conditions and log it appropriately. One candle may be burnt in increments of 2 hours, one at 4 hours, one at 6 hours, and one should be carefully tested for extended time periods in the event a customer forgets to blow it out in the correct time frame. After all your tests are complete, analyze how each candle performed and summarize the information in your burning instructions.

Rate of consumption in grams per hour – It is valuable to know your burn rate of your candle, so you know how to compare your wick/wax combination with published burn rates. First, weigh your candle on a scale in grams. Then burn your candle for the time specified in your burning instructions and blow it out. Weigh your candle again and see how many grams were burnt off. Divide that number by the number of hours it was burnt and you will have your

Basics – Keep a notebook handy with wax recipes and burn data. Sometimes you are trying something different with left over wax, so be sure to note it down in case it is the next big idea. Be sure to observe all tests carefully and take notes. Always use basic candle safety techniques when doing burn tests. It gets tempting to run a quick errand while in the middle of a test, BUT DO NOT LEAVE ANY CANDLE UNATTENDED!

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