Candle Making Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week - 9/21/2009 - Ugly Candle Blues?

Did you create an ugly pillar or votive candle? Was it the wrong color or did it have the wrong texture on its surface? Or was it just not what you were expecting? Don’t you dare throw that candle out!!!

Here’s one idea to make a new creation out of an ugly pillar or votive. You’re going to use basically the same method you would when you make a chunk candle. Carefully chop up your ugly candle. Wick your pillar mold or your votive mold as you normally would. Then take the chopped up pieces and fill the mold. Then simply melt, color, and scent wax that you will use as an over pour. You will have created an entirely different candle and chances are you will like this one much better!

Tip of the Week - 9/14/2009 - Mixing Fragrances

Looking to try something new? Many of Crafter’s Touch fragrances smell great when combined. Try mixing two or more fragrances together to create your own custom blend. The best part is when you mix fragrances no one will have one exactly like yours. Here are just a few suggestions of combinations from our fragrance line:

  • Apple Pie + Gingerbread = Applesauce Gingerbread Cake
  • Milk Chocolate + Strawberry Preserves = Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Crushed Pineapple + Mango & Papaya = Tropical Fruit Punch
  • Blueberry + Strawberries & Cream = Very Berry Smoothie

Tip of the Week - 9/7/2009 - Create a Better Pumpkin this Halloween

Most people will use standard (“boring”) tealights or votives bought in the store to light their carved pumpkin masterpieces this Halloween. Step outside of the norm and make your own candles to light your pumpkins. Be sure to use a great fall scent such as apple pie or cinnamon spice. You are guaranteed to have the best smelling pumpkin on the block!

Tip of the Week - 8/31/2009 - Avoid Wasting Wax

This tip is related to last weeks tip – it’s all about avoiding wasted wax. Next time you make candles try covering your work surface with waxed paper instead of newspaper. This way if you spill any wax, simply wait until it hardens and peel it off. You can then toss the spilled wax right back into your pouring pot – no waste! Also, when you’re done working, simply roll up the wax paper and it’s ready to be reused next time.

Tip of the Week - 8/24/2009 - Leftover Wax Idea

When making candles, I usually end up with a little bit of extra wax at the bottom of my pouring pot. I hate to waste it – any ideas for using it up?

I like to keep a wicked container close by in my work area. That way whenever I end up with some extra wax, I pour it into the container. I end up with a uniquely colored and scented candle that I call my Candle Shop candle. Makes a great gift or a candle I can burn for myself without feeling guilty.

Tip of the Week - 8/17/2009 - Candle Color Help

Question: Melted wax with color block shavings is an entirely different color than when the wax is cooled in the finished candle. How do I get the color I want in wax?

We get this question all the time. When you're making a candle, you melt the wax and add your color to it. The problem is that the color of the melted wax and color is not even close to what the wax will look like when cooled. Fortunately, we found a little trick! You will need an old plastic bowl or container -- it works best if the container is white or clear. Fill the bowl with cold water. Melt your wax and add the color as usual. Then pour a tiny bit of the wax into the bowl with water. The wax will cool quickly and you will get a much better idea of what color your finished candle will be. This gives you a chance to add more color and get the color you want.

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