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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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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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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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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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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OVERDIPPING CANDLES

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Students ask me, "how can I get a solid [often black or gold] coloured candle", and my answer is that you need to over dip. Overdipping is a candle technique that involves the use of adding pigment dyes to high quality high melt-point waxes [usually paraffin wax]. By dipping a candle into a pigment dye mix, you can quickly transform the candle. The most common reasons...
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MAKING SOY MELTS

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What are soy melts? Soy melts are small pots (or cubes) of solid fragranced wax. Soy melts are popped into the dish of an oil burner or a candle warmer - how many depends on the  size of the dish. Fragrance Load The key to making a great soy melt is to ensure you use the correct ratio of fragrance oil to wax. Most waxes will hold no more than an 8% fragrance load (unl...
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FRAGRANCE NOTES & FLASHPOINT

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Candle Fragrance is not an afterthought  it's the driving force amongst consumers in deciding which candle to buy! Scientists have proven that pleasing aromas alleviate stress, heighten mood, enhance sex drive, and even affect alertness in the office, just by stimulating the olfactory pathways to the brain.  When consumers buy a scented candle, they often base th...
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CANDLE GLITTERS

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The Chandelle Galerie cupcakes are aromatic, delicious looking, melt-in-your-mouth delights. And, clients drooled in anticipation of their first bite, until told it’s a candle! It’s the delightful aroma and the visually enticing layer of rich frosted icing and sparkle that tricks them!  The thing is some sparkles (glitters) are unsuitable for use i...
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CRYSTAL CANDLES WITH INTENTION

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An  Intention Candle  is a scented candle containing a rough or tumbled crystal or crystal fragments. Intention Candles are often presented to individual people at important moments in their life by loved ones. It's essential the gift is unique, and when you see crystals in a candle, there is often more in the gift than meets the eye. Crystals are sacred tools fr...
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GO PHTHALATE FREE!

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To begin with, you should know how to pronounce the word: [pthal-ate | \'tha-lat\] Candle and Soap Fragrance Oils are a mixture composed of essential oils, synthetic aroma chemicals, and aromatic resins. These ingredients come in the form of powders, crystalline substances, and liquids. Solvents are used to break down the powders and crystalline substances into liquid oils...
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HELP - MY CANDLE IS SWEATING!

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Sweating is the candle making term that refers to the beading or puddles of oil sitting on the surface of the candle. There are many reasons why "sweating" occurs in candles, but often it’s a combination of several factors. If you have candles, you can avoid sweating by keeping your candles away from drafts, direct sunlight, and rooms with temperature variations. The candl...
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WET SPOTS - HOW TO AVOID THEM

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In candle making, a 'wet spot' refers to an air pocket or watermark showing through the wall of a jar candle.  In South Australia wet spots are common due to fluctuating temperatures throughout the day, particularly in the colder months. However while its frustrating because the wet spots can be visually unappealing, they do not affect the burn performance of a candle...
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