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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.


Candle Making Project: Mottled Candle

by Chandler 23. January 2013 02:02

One of the looks most often associated with heavily fragranced candles is the mottled look. This look can be easily accomplished with containers, pillars and votives. It requires starting with the right wax. Not all waxes will mottle, so using the right wax is essential.

The first step is to decide what type of candle you will be making and choosing the appropriate wax for that application.

Materials

Step 1
Select, clean, wick, and prepare your jars or molds as you normally do.

Step 2

Melt your wax, add color and 5% fragrance.

Step 3
Once the candle has been poured and is completely cooled, remove it from the mold.

Step 4
Pour your wax between 165-175°F.

Step 5

Pillars and votives: Top off your candle. When the top off completely hardens, remove it from the mold.

Containers: Top off candle.

Special Notes on Mottled Candles:

The reaction between the fragrance and the wax (causing it to fracture) is what causes the mottling. The fragrance and the process can have an impact on the level of mottling. If you do not achieve the desired mottling, try pouring cooler first and then hotter until the desired result is achieved.

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Tealights Project

by Chandler 10. March 2010 01:21


Soy Wax

This project features a useful item to add to your operation regardless of your size. Tea lights are a great way to use up extra wax, create little "calling cards", or offer prospective customers a chance to sample your scents before purchasing a larger candle.

Below you will find the instructions for using our tea light mold that ensures perfectly straight wicks, but alternative techniques follow.

Step 1
Lay the mold release over the entire mold.

Step 2
Prepare wax with color and fragrance to suit. Pour wax into the mold so that all cavities are filled. There is a lip that holds overflow wax.

Step 3
Remove pins and pop the tea lights out of the mold. Clean any overly rough edges with your fingers.

Step 4
Insert a pre-assembled wick assembly into the hole in the candle and place into a tea light cup. You will notice that tea light cups have a small circular indentation on the bottom. This indentation is 15mm and is designed to match our 15x3mm wick tabs.

Alternative Methods
When pouring batches of wax, keep a few tea light cups on hand to pour excess wax directly into the cups. This is also the method used for pouring tea lights when using container wax. If you currently use a M-63-P votive pin for your votives, it will fit into the tea light cups as well. Simply place the pin in the tea light cup and pour a votive or pillar wax into the pin/cup set up. After it cools remove the wax/pin from the cup, flip the candle over and put back into the tea light cup. This will result in a beautiful recessed top.


Simple Outdoor Candle Project

by Chandler 10. March 2010 00:52

We are going to make this month's project relatively simple so it will allow you to approach the project from several different angles. 

  1. With summer rapidly approaching many people start to reduce the amount of time spent inside thus burning less candles. This project will allow you to make a candle that your customer can burn outside when enjoying a nice Spring or Summer night on the patio.  Citronella candles remain a popular outside candle.
  2. We featured what to do with small amounts of left over wax you could use the wax from a large container/pillar that did not meet your expectation.
  3. It can be made 100% natural
Materials Needed

Wax Suggestions

Container Fill
Excess Wax (Anything you have on hand)
Soy 120 or Soy 125 (If wanting to make all natural)

Wick Suggestion
Square Braided if using large containers
# 8 or #10

Wick Clip - CI-315
Citronella Scent
Glassware - GW-016
Glue Dots

Step 1
Take the wax you have selected and heat up to recommended temperature:

  • If using Soy 120 or Soy 125, heat to 125F and add your fragrance.  For best results add approximately 1 ounce per pound of wax.
  • If using the Container Fill, heat it up to 150F-160F and use the same amount of fragrance.
  • If you are using your left overs, follow the recommended pouring temperatures.

 Step 2
Take your wick and feed through the wick assembly.  Take needle nose pliers and pinch the clip.  Place in the container and secure with Glue Dot.  Pour your wax in at the recommended temperatures above.

Step 3
Due to the size of this container several topping offs will be necessary. .

This project should be easy and makes for a great outdoor candle. If you use the soy wax, you can market it as a very "green 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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