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Making Votive Candles with Votive Pins

by Chandler 12. July 2013 22:34

Our project tip of the month is using votive pins when making votive candles. Votive pins are one of the best products to help make the perfect votive every time.

Ingredients


Step 1

Insert the votive pin into the votive mold.

Step 2

Heat the wax to 180°F and stir in color.

Step 3

Let the wax cool to the desired pouring temp.

Step 4

Add 4% to 6% fragrance.

Step 5

Fill the mold/pin with wax.

Step 6

Remove the pin carefully by tapping

Step 7

Insert the wick assembly into candle

 

Voila votives! With votive pins you can ensure a centered wick and a finished product so perfect it doesn't even look homemade.

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Whipped Wax: Icing On Top of the Cake

by Chandler 20. June 2013 17:24

You may be familiar with the technique of whipping wax. We've shared it with you before in our "How to Make a Snowball Candle" post. If you're not familiar, the whipped wax technique is a great way to liven up any simple candle.

We've seen people use this technique for a wide variety of candle projects, from cakes and cupcakes to foaming beverage candles, like the hot cocoa project below!

It may take a little practice to perfect this technique. Whipped wax cools very quickly, so if you don't work fast enough it can become unmanageable. Also, it is a VERY messy process, so be sure you have your old clothes on and are working on a surface that's easy to clean!

The Hot Cocoa Candle

*Project and photo credit goes to: Spoonful.com

What you need:

2 3/4 cups soy wax

Pouring container

1/3 of a 3/4 ounce cube of brown wax dye

6-ounce glass mug (made for hot beverages) or a mason jar

9-inch-tall prewaxed wire wick with clip

How to make it

  1. Melt 1 3/4 cups of soy wax in a pouring container or heatproof measuring cup in the microwave according to the package directions. While the wax melts, chop the dye into smaller pieces and stir it in.
  2. Pour the wax into the mug and insert the wiick.

To make the whipped cream:

  1. Melt the remaining wax and let it cool until it's opaque, about 5 minutes.
  2. Whip the wax with a form until it begins to form frothy peaks. If the wax is too thin, wait a few minutes and try again. If it thickens too quickly you will need to remelt it.
  3. Scoop the whipped wax onto the cocoa. Let it cool, then trim the wick.

 

You can use the whipped wax technique for a variety of other candle projects! It will certainly be the icing on top of the cake!


Lace Candleholder Project

by Chandler 14. June 2013 19:09

Once you've made your favorite scented candle or votive, don't stop there! Try your hand at making your own candleholders too!

This idea from Spirello's blog is an easy and elegant one to start with! The lace candleholder makes a great table centerpiece, especially for weddings or more formal events.

Here's what you need:

  • Old crochet doilies
  • A balloon
  • Wallpaper glue

1) Blow up the balloon and hang it with a string somewhere it can dry.

2)Soak the doilies in wallpaper glue and stick them in an overlapping pattern over the balloon.

3) Leave the balloon to dry. When completely dry, just pop the balloon and you'll have a beautiful lace shell you can use as a candleholder! (Make sure the candle you place inside is in some type of container, whether a glass votive or tea light holder.)

You could use this same technique with other materials as well, such as newspaper or string!

Of course this is just one of the ways you can dress up the candles you've been making with your materials from Candlewic.com.

*Credit: Spirello Blog

 


Tissue Paper or Wax Paper Candles

by Chandler 31. May 2013 20:48

One technique that can dress up any simple candle and make it into a memorable gift is the tissue paper or wax paper candle technique.

First, make your homemade candle. Pillar candles provide the best surface for this project. Learn how to make them here.

Next, decide what design you want to cover the surface of your candle. The possibilities are numerous.

*PHOTO CREDIT: Better Homes & Gardens- www.bhg.com

Add a photo or computer-generated image.

Tape your tissue paper to cardstock and run it through the printer. Whether it's a family photo, beautiful stock image or your company's logo, your candle is sure to be one of a kind. You can also type up a quote or verse to apply writing onto your candle.

Create your own design by hand

For this you will want to use a sharpie, marker or some other ink-based writing method. If you're an artist you can design your own image to be transferred onto your candle. You can even have your children draw on it for a memorable candle that would make a great gift for a mother, father, grandparents or a teacher.

Transferring your design to the candle

For this you will want to use a heat tool, like a heating gun or a hairdryer.

  1. Pull the tissue paper or wax paper tightly around your candle, positioned where you want the design.
  2. Hold the heating tool away from the candle's surface a few inches and begin to heat the paper with a sweeping motion for 30-40 seconds.
  • For wax paper it may take the full 30-40 seconds for ink to transfer to the candle. Peel back the paper slightly to check if the image has transferred.
  • If you are using tissue paper, the candle wax will actually permeate the tissue paper and become one. It may take less time than wax paper.

This is yet another simple way to turn plain candles into gifts that are almost too beautiful to burn! Get creative with your designs!

*NOTE: Use proper safety precautions when using the heating tool Do not let children attempt this craft without proper help and supervision.

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*PHOTO CREDIT: Better Homes & Gardens- www.bhg.com


Perk Up Your Pillar Candles!

by Chandler 24. May 2013 18:54

Last week on our blog we talked about getting creative with candle containers. This week, we're pointing out the potential in pillar candles!

Pillar candles are one of the most basic candles to create, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring. When you think out of the box and try some new techniques, they can add a touch of elegance to your home decor!

Not sure how to make a pillar candle? Check out our post on The Power of Pillars.

You will need to make a basic pillar candle before you use any of the following techniques.

Martha Stewart has three techniques to dress up your pillars that we just love!

Swirled-String Candles

Learn how to use waxed twine to create an interesting pattern on the surface of your pillar candle.

How to make swirl-string candles.

 

 

 

Basket-Weave Candles

An easy weaving technique of beeswax sheets can create a complex, crafty-looking candle.

You can get your beeswax sheets right here on Candlewic.com! Click here to browse beeswax.

How to make basket-weave candles.

 

Faux Bois Candles

Faux bois, or "fake wood", candles are a great way to bring natural looking decor into your home.

How to make faux bois candles.

 

 

 

These are just three techniques you can use to perk up your pillar candles! Think outside of the box and try inventing some techniques of your own! And don't forget to get all your pillar candle supplies right here:

 

*Photo credits: Marthastewart.com


About the author

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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