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Making Swirl Candles

by Chandler 18. October 2012 22:40

A unique candle project sure to hypnotize buyers!

Ingredients

Instructions


STEP 1

In separate pots melt the General Purpose Wax and the Gel Wax.

STEP 2
Prepare mold by securing wick, applying Mold Sealer on the bottom and spraying the mold with Mold Release.


STEP 3
When the paraffin wax is approximately 175-200°F (80- 93°C), pour into mold. Fill the mold one-half to three-quarters full to leave room to pour the Gel Wax into your candle.

STEP 4

While the paraffin wax is cooling, prepare the Gel Wax. Add approximately two to three drops of red dye to 1/4 of a cup of Gel Wax and stir. You may want to dye your gel wax in a separate measuring cup, so that you only have to dye a small amount of your Gel Wax. Make sure the Gel Wax is quite hot before dying because you do not want it to harden before you have time to dye it and pour it into your mold. Make sure to dye your gel only after the paraffin wax has cooled for several minutes.

STEP 5
Let the paraffin wax cool until there is about 1/4 inch (6 mm) of hardened wax on the top. Puncture this skin on the wax and pour your dyed Gel Wax through the hole.


STEP 6
Let the candle cool completely, and remove it from your mold. No two candles will ever look the same, so every time you complete this project, you will make a 100% unique candle!

ALTERNATIVES
Try dying your parrafin wax before you add

your Gel Wax to the candle. Be sure to use complementary colors as the waxes will mix as they cool!

Use this swirl method as a layer in a container candle!

Add glitter to your Gel Wax before pouring,and watch the sparkle spread throughout your candle!


Green Candle Making: Environmentally Friendly Options

by Chandler 10. October 2012 01:32

Without doubt one of the hottest topics in the US right now is the continued momentum in the marketing power of “Green Products.” No longer when someone refers to green does it mean money. The latest buzz associated with the multi-meaning word "green" is products/services that promote global environmental protection. This can be a very small effort such as the new trend in emails of putting a footnote at the bottom of the email “not to print out unless necessary” all the way up to homes that can now be self sufficient with solar power, wind, and other environmentally friendly features.

Our regular readers have probably noticed that using natural products has become a regular part of our features. Some of the information we will cover has appeared previously but some of the information may be very surprising and interesting. The good news is the candle market is chalk full of great products that can utilize raw materials that are renewable.

Green Candle Waxes

One way to keep your candle making process environmentally "green" is to choose a "green" candle wax.

  1. Beeswax-Beeswax is 100% natural and contains no harmful additives. You can even make beeswax candles without melting the wax. Beeswax sheets provide an easy, eco-friendly alternative.
  2. Soy Wax-Soy wax is simply hydrogenated soybean oil and the best application for this wax is in containers. Soy as a plant has been around for thousands of years.

Other Green Components

In addition to wax there are other key components of the candle to consider. In an effort to continue to offer products to meet today’s consumers, we are very excited to launch a brand new line of glassware made of 100% recycled glass. This new line will start with six styles and more to come.

Think of the marketing appeal your candle will have when you can advertise that the wax is natural and the glassware is made of 100% recycled glass. As companies look to make their candles more green, using recycled glass can go a long way in this strategy. Since the container is made of recycled glass there can be some uneven surfaces in the glass. If your strategy is to make your candles even more environmentally friendly this will go a long way in doing so.

Another component, while not large, is the metal sustainer. Did you know that metal was one of the first materials to be recycled and in today’s world is one of the most recycled materials. The metal sustainers we offer have on average 40% of recycled metals. In the upcoming months we will be trying to move that figure higher to 80%. The problem right now is there is a shortage of metal and achieving the percentage you desire in recycled material is not attainable.

One of the easier components of a candle to keep natural is the wick. The wick is generally cotton which is also 100% natural. On several series of wicks there are cores that can be natural such as cotton and paper. In addition, new wicks are continually developed to improve the performance of the candle regarding to sooting and smoking.

If you want all natural fragrances you can consider essential oils, however, they do have some inherent issues, such as low flash points and limited selection. Be sure to test any essential oil in your specific application.

The demand for green products will continue to increase and the more your products can offer that use "green components" the more markets you open.


All Natural Candle Waxes: Which is Right for You?

by Chandler 1. October 2012 17:31

So paraffin wax isn't your cup of tea. Many candlemakers are developing a growing interest in all natural candles and these days there are more choices than ever. Choosing the proper one can be a daunting task. In this post, we will highlight some of the natural waxes to help you choose what might be right for your needs.

Soy Wax

Soy wax is definitely the most popular of all the natural waxes. Some of the reasons for its popularity are the ease of use (in most instances a very low shrink wax), the competitive cost advantage over paraffin wax, and the returning interest in using domestically produced products. Soy can make for great candles with a rich creamy look and can also achieve decent retention to containers. Here's a summary of some of the best selling soy waxes:

Candlewic Soy 125

Soy 125 is made with 100% natural soybeans that are domestically grown. Soy 125 is a blend of soy and soybean oil that will hold higher fragrance loads than the Soy-120. This wax is also an excellent choice if you want a paraffin/soy blend.

 

EcoSoya® CB-Advanced Soy

EcoSoya® CB-Advanced Soy has extreme resistance to bloom (white frosting) and "wet spots." It contracts slightly to produce a uniform beautiful appearance, requires only one pour, has good scent throw with fragrances, and a creamy white appearance.

EcoSoya® CB-Advanced Soy is made from pure soybeans and carefully selected botanical oils. Candles made with CB-Advanced Soy resist frosting, have a smooth top surface and an even burn pool with consistent color retention.

Golden Wax 444 Soy Blend

Beautiful soy candles with all-natural wax! This Golden Wax 444 soy blend is composed of 98% soy wax with 2% natural additives. It mixes very well with paraffin wax at any level and has a higher melt point than the Golden Wax 464 which enables it to retain a higher FO load to give you a stronger scent throw.

While Soy has many positive attributes we do like, soy wax does not offer the maximum fragrance throw - much to the disappointment of many. If soy could deliver better fragrance throw, more candle makers would make the transition to soy wax.

While it does compromise the natural part of candles, a growing and popular trend is blending soy with paraffin to get the strengths of both products. Many call these hybrid waxes and they are worth exploring if you have not already.

 

Palm Wax

If you are looking for the complete unique look, the palm waxes are an excellent choice. With patterns of both crystallizing and feathering, each candle looks completely different. This wax is also all natural and, in most instances, has better fragrance throw than soy wax.

Palm-1 is an excellent wax that will produce a Crystallizing pattern designed for use in jars.

Palm-2 will create the same crystallizing pattern as Palm 1 but is designed for use in Pillars and votives.

Palm-3 will create a feather patter for pillars. Unfortunately will be to hard of a wax to use in containers.

Smooth Pillar Blend. If you want a basic all natural pillar this wax is the best choice. A very high-performance, all-natural smooth pillar blend of 100% soy, palm, cottonseed and other vegetable-based wax products has excellent burning properties.

 

Beeswax

This all around best natural wax has been around for centuries and is great for almost any type of candle. White and Yellow beeswax can be used in containers, pillars and tapers. The natural aroma makes this wax a winner in all of those applications. However, the price of beeswax is always the factor in why this wax is not used more often.

In addition any of these waxes can be blended together at any percentage so you can create your own truly unique and all natural 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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