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August 01, 2010

Back to Candle Making


Back to Candle Making

In many households the operative word right now is “Back to School” and any store you walk into has some level of display channeled to this type of shopping pattern. Unfortunately candle making does not lend itself to offering products to students heading back to school unless you decide to make your own crayons so we have to create our own late summer campaign, in the spirit of “Back to” we are focusing on Back to Candle making.

It probably could not be more timely then now to highlight this subject because many people take the summer off from candle making because of vacations, heat and consumers interest can wane during the summer months. In this feature we will develop our own check list to make sure you are ready for the fall season. For each of the topics we will highlight past issues of where the topic was explored in greater detail.


Make sure we have selected the proper wax for our specific application. The good news is there is still time to chose the proper wax in time for the fall season. In case you missed it our July issue explored the topic of picking out the proper wax


One of the more exciting items candle makers like to pick out is the fragrances. According to the National Candle Association 3/4 of all candles purchased our fragranced. A good fragranced candle can truly make your company/ product line a success.


While fragrance is fun one of more over looked aspects of the candles is choosing the right color. The color is a very important aspect of the candle and when sitting on a shelf may be the first draw the consumer has to your candle line. As the old cliche goes “You one get 1 chance to make a first impression”.


While all of the above are critical to making a very good candle the very most important item and one that will really keep your customers coming back is choosing the proper wick. This is a very important task and unfortunately there really is not a shortcut are easy way to make this happen without some level of testing. The wick needs to be matched to your wax, color, fragrance combination.


If you are making pillar candles be sure to check out all of the various molds which are available. To help in understanding the differences between aluminum, polyurethane and the polycarbonate be sure to check out the below article.


For most kids having the perfect outfit is not enough without “accessorizing” candle making does not want to be left out so they have their own list of accessories which become an important part of the candle making process.


Once you have learned how to make a nice candle the next step is how to properly price the candle. For many small businesses this can be the hardest part of the business but is necessary if you are going to take your hobby/crafting to the business level.


With the summer rapidly coming to an end it can be a very important time for many small business owners or crafters to begin getting ready for the holiday season. In addition to the above subjects we have almost 10 years of monthly newsletters all available free of charge don't forget to take advantage of this great feature.


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With summer in full swing and the moisture in the air the most commonly asked question I get is how do I get rid of the air bubbles in my candles?

In most instances air bubbles are caused by air trapped between the wax and the surface of the container you are pouring into. For containers several things will help reduce/eliminate the air bubbles:

Preheat container - In most instances warm to the touch is all that is needed

Pour hotter - As the cold weather sets into many work environments the wax can set up quicker. Raising your pouring temperature even by 5-10 degrees F is enough.

For pillars the same procedures can help eliminate these air bubbles.


August 2010

Featured Project:
Summer Sand Candles

With summer in full swing we thought it would be appropriate to feature a project that allows you to use something that many will be spending a great deal of time, and that is sand. Sand candles have been around for a very long time and can make a very memorable gift from your summer vacation.


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 it into the wax at around 195-205. 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.

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