CANDLE MEMORY, ITS A FACT!

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Don’t think your candle has a memory?  When we were selling our former home before I started candle making; the real estate agent arranged for a photographer to visit to take photos of our home for advertising.   That day I (seriously) spent hours cleaning and styling the house so it would look picture perfect! In fact, it looked so good I had misgivings – “...
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CREATING NATURAL CANDLE COLOURS

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Anyone who has followed my candle-making journey knows I am passionate about my family and friends, my beautiful dogs, my community, and of course, my love of all things candle related! An emotional creature, colour plays a big part in my life. I choose the colour carefully because I know it can dramatically affect my mood, feelings, and emotions. I see it as a powerful co...
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PROBLEM-SOLVING FOR JAR CANDLES

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Below is a table of the most common problems candle makers experience when working with soy and soy blended waxes. Try as we might, it takes a lot of practice, and (sadly) many mistakes to create a consistently good quality candle. Try not to get too frustrated if you experience any of these problems, every candle has its own personality!  Problem      ...
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ARE YOU IN BREACH OF A TRADEMARK?

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In recent years there has been a big demand for scented candles, which has seen large manufacturers in competition with small business and home-based crafters. A saturated market has created a very competitive market, and those wishing to buy candles to sell now have a wide range of choice when it comes to the brands they want to purchase. Small business and home-based cra...
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DIY - CRAYONS FOR LITTLE FINGERS

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Don't throw out your child's used crayons!  Do you have lots of crayon stubs that are too small to hold onto? Please do not throw them out, lets recycle - you can use them to create big, chunky crayons—and your kids can help. The process takes about 25 minutes, but it's quite easy. Process Preheat oven to 140-150 degrees Celsius. Remove any existing crayon wrappers, b...
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MAKING LAYERED CANDLES

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Let's get started by covering off a few common problems associated with making Layered Candles!  ​PROBLEM:  Candle layers merge together and become one. If the existing layer is not set, the heat of the new layer will melt the existing layer and the two layers will merge and become one. If the existing layer is set but the new layer is poured at too high a temper...
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MAKING A BASIC SOY CANDLE

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To make a successful soy candle, several factors must be considered – the type of candle container being used, the fragrance, candle dye, candle wick, and the melt and pour temperatures.  WORKSPACE:  Clean Work bench, Paper Towel, Apron (or old clothes) Long Handled Wooden/Metal Spoon, Small Knife, Heatproof Pouring jug (preferably with narrow spout) Double Boile...
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FROSTING IN SOY CANDLES

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What is FROSTING? "Frosting" is a candle making term used to describe the white crystalline layer that forms on the surface of all-natural plant waxes [such as palm and soy container]. When making a palm container candle the candlemaker will often use techniques to specifically encourage the formation of the crystalline layer as it creates a spectacular pattern, but in a s...
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TIPS TO HELP YOUR CANDLE PRODUCTS FLY OFF THE SHELF!

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You only need to do a quick Internet search [or roam the isles at a retail trade show] to see there are a huge number of companies and home based crafters manufacturing candle products! More than likely there will be competitors near you making the same or similar candle products. So, with many talented manufacturers out there, how will you ensure your candle products stan...
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WAX ADDITIVES, DO WE NEED THEM?

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There are candle products for sale filled to the brim with additives, and it's perfectly legal!  Wax additives are a big part of the mainstream candle industry. Additives eliminate product imperfections and enhance performance. Additives enhance product appearance and retard degradation. Additives allow low-grade materials to be used [without it unduly affecting ...
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WOODEN WICKS, CRACKLE AND BURN!

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As a professional trainer teaching students how to make wooden wick candles, the most popular question in class was: “What makes a wooden wick crackle”. A few weeks later after several attempts at home, that question changed to: “Why won’t my wooden wick candle stay lit?". If you've made candles, you’ll understand it’s as much about science as it is about creativity! ...
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HISTORY OF CANDLE WAXES

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Flip a switch and turn on a light! If there is one thing about modern life we take for granted, it’s indoor electric lighting. Imagine a home in the Middle Ages – It’s night and the family gathers about the table with one or two candles lighting the interior of the room.  The humble candle occupies a distinguished position in human history. Its one of humankind’s earl...
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DIY - ORANGE PEEL CANDLES

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Who doesn’t love a tropical vacation! Maybe you remember how you buried your toes into white sand and watched a glorious sunset as you sipped on a fruit cocktail [you know the ones served in a glass frosted with sugar]!   Or perhaps it was the smell of the citrus sunscreen you lathered on to stay sun safe or the citrus essential oils used in t...
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THE FRAGRANCE WHEEL

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A Universal Icon To better understand the importance of fragrance, lets first take a look at the Fragrance Wheel. Its a universal icon in perfume classification and an essential tool used these days in candle manufacturing. The Fragrance Wheel is  often referred to as an aroma wheel, fragrance circle, perfume wheel or smell wheel. It is a  diagram showing the inf...
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MULTI-WICKING - THE TECHNICAL "MUST KNOWS"

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What happens when we light a candle? All candle waxes are essentially hydrocarbons, that means they are mostly composed of hydrogen (H) and carbon (C) atoms. When we light a candle, the heat of the flame melts the wax near the candle wick. This liquid wax is then drawn up the wick by capillary action. The temperature of the flame vaporises the melted wax (turns it into a h...
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SELECTING CANDLE WICK

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GUIDING PRINCIPLES Below is a set of guiding principles I hope will help you understand what can be a complicated process - how to select the right type and size candle wick for your candle.  Core Attributes There are four core attributes to a perfectly wicked candle. An even and full melt pool (spreading to the edge of the container and approximately 1 cm deep) A str...
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WHICH SOY WAX SHOULD YOU USE?

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Chose the wrong wax and it's downhill from the word GO! So you're ready to get started in the world of soy, but with so many different kinds on the market, which should help you choose? Soy container wax is perfect for melts, tea lights, spa lights and container candles. The wax should have excellent adhesion, anti-shrink and anti-frost properties.  A p...
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DIY - BUSH LEAGUE BEARDS NEED BEARD BALM!

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Beard Balm - It's a must-have for blokes with beards! Beard balm is used to moisturise and condition your beard using oil blends and possibly fragrance oils. The significant difference between beard balm and beard oil is that Beard Balm is thicker and can be used as a styling agent, whereas Beard Oil is more natural to get to the skin beneath to reduce dryness and itch. Bl...
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ENCAUSTIC ART [WAX PAINTING]

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I’ve always been fascinated by encaustic art, all those layers of wax are incredibly intriguing, and up till a few years ago, they were a complete mystery to me. Encaustic Art, [hot wax painting], involves using heated beeswax (and resin) with coloured pigments added. The liquid (or paste) is applied to a surface, usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materia...
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THE PLEASURE OF BATHING

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Anyone who knows anything about me, knows I am a bath junkie!  And I take a bath most nights for the sheer indulgence and pleasure of it!  After turning the tap on, I put on some chill music, and if I can justify it (and I usually can), I pour myself a glass of wine. I then dim the lights, light a few candles for ambience, and hop in to soak and relax. ...
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