Sunday, August 07, 2011
Lots of folks have learned how to make soy candles at home, so here are a few tips to help you get started.
To begin, you'll require all of your candle making supples available and accessible in a work area that's safe from children and pets. Then, choose the type or size of soy candle you will create. If you're a beginner, then a good suggestion is to start with a little candle like a votive.
You'll need around two ounces of soy wax for a good votive soy candle. Since you will be measuring accurately, one pound of wax will make eight votives.
Gel candles are affordable and easy to make, and the craft is a breeze to learn. There are many different additions you can make to the basic gel candle such as aroma and embeds. So, let's learn the basics of how to make gel candles.
To begin, gather together gel wax, scented oil, zinc wicks and color. Be sure to select zinc wicks when you're shopping for candle supplies. Cotton wicks will not work because they absorb the gel and make it hard to light and burn. Most craft stores have a nice selection of candle supplies, either online or at a store.
Monday, August 01, 2011
Despite what many may think, making candles from home is particularly inexpensive, and can even be more cost effective than buying from a store if you're interested in acquiring many candles of the same fragrance. You'll need a few items to begin creating your own candles. I'll be focusing on Jar Candles as these types of candles are among the easiest to create and are without a doubt near the most popular of candle styles.
To get started, you're going to need a stove top, a decent-sized pot, a metal coffee can, an anchored wick, a jar, a glue gun, a few Popsicle sticks and some wax. Your wax can either come from unused candles you already have lying around your house or packaged paraffin wax. On average, a quarter pound of wax is more than enough to fill a 12 ounce jar or container. You'll also be wanting some fragrance oil in any scent of your liking, and oils like these are sold in almost any fragrance you can think of. If you are planning to dye your candles, crayons will do the trick. I also encourage you to keep some safety gear handy since you will be working around extreme temperatures. A pair of good safety goggles and gloves are recommended. Any items you don't already have lying around your home can be picked up at a local hobby store.
All that is needed in the way of candle ingredients are 4 things: wax, wicks, fragrance and dye. And you can get wax that already has its own color and natural fragrance so all you would need is the wax and the wick. Beeswax is one such wax and is one of the waxes used since ages past. It is white or yellow in color and has its own sweet smelling fragrance. Bayberry wax is naturally dark green in color and has its own sweet scent to it. Not that using your own scent and dye is a problem but it's 2 less things to worry about if you are just starting.
If you want to make your own candles you should educate yourself on the various waxes but most people start with paraffin wax because it's easy to work with and is inexpensive. A real fun candle to make is the gel candle. It's a little more complex then the wax candles but gel candles are a lot of fun because they are clear. Meaning you can see through them. Which means you can see things inside the gel candles which were placed there when the candle was made. You can put decoration, coins, beads, glitter and you name it in the candle to be seen. You can even pour the gel in such a way that it will create bubbles which can be seen. This kind of thing is a lot of fun for the kid inside all of us.
Melting old candles and re-using the wax is not only an economical decision, it is also an environmentally friendly choice as well. As well as gathering your own, ask your friends and family for their old candles, even if they are no longer able to light them.
Once you have collected your old candles, follow these instructions.
First, you will need to gather the following materials:
1) A pair of scissors.
2) A pot. An old camping pot is preferable; however any small pot will work.
3) A stove or hot plate.
4) Old candles with similar colors.
5) Small containers or baby food glass/jars. Actually, you can use almost anything, however keep in mind this will be the base in which your new candle sits.
Next, you can make your candles by following these steps:
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Whereas candles were once simply a functional way to light the dark, candles are now most often purchased to scent homes or to add a romantic or relaxing ambiance.
Lotion candles, also called body candles and massage candles, are yet another type of candle, this one serving several simultaneous functions. While they light a room, provide a wonderful ambiance, and emit subtle fragrance, lotion candles also contain cosmetic ingredients that make them a superb body moisturizer and massage oil alternative.
Because of their ingredients, a true lotion candle will melt at a very low temperature, usually at just 101 – 102 degrees. At slightly above body temperature, they are warm and not hot.
When shopping, how do you know if you’ve found a “true” lotion candle of good quality? Here are six tips to help you shop wisely.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
If you have always wanted to make your own candles but never had the time to research the steps and buy all the supplies you need to get started, there is good news. There are candle-making kits available. There are kits designed for grownups and even kids who want to get creative and make candles. The following are some of the popular kits available in stores today.
Gel Candle Making Kit. Gel candles are very hot these days. You too can easily make your own gel candles with kits that usually contain candle gel tubes (there are about eight or so in one kit), twelve bags of wax candle chips, and twelve clear glass candle jars. You can create translucent visual treats that are perfect as home décor or as gifts to special people.
Beeswax Candles Kit. There are a lot of beeswax kits on the market. There are adult kits that allow you to create professional candles out of preprocessed beeswax, and there are also beeswax candle making kits for kids that educate them about bees as they create candles. Note that children’s kits are for 5 years old and older.
Marbled Candle Kit. Ever thought that those candles with fancy marbled designs are hard to do? With marbled candle kits, you just pour once; wait for the wax to cool, and you have your very own spectacular marbled candle.
There are many other candle making kits available either in specialty stores or over the Internet. Just browse around and you will find one that suits your taste and personality. Remember that candle making need not be a lot of work. Buy your candle making kits now and start making beautiful candles for yourself, your family and your friends.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Making homemade candles can be a fun hobby, whether making them as gifts or for yourself to enjoy. Candle making usually requires some experimentation, but when you discover how to make those perfect candles, it’s well worth the effort.
There are a few basic supplies needed for making most candles:
mold or containers
candle making thermometer
putty for molds
First decide on a wax you would like to start with, there are three different kinds to choose from: paraffin wax, soy wax, and beeswax. Paraffin wax is most commonly used in candles, this wax is found at most candle making stores. Soy wax is all natural, made from soybeans, and cleans up easily with soap and water. Beeswax is all natural too, and making beeswax candles is often easiest because you simply wrap a sheet of beeswax tightly around a wick then seal it with your thumb, which means no melting is required.
To begin, spread newspapers around the candle making area. First you melt your paraffin or soy wax and it must be double-boiled. Usually you place a large pot that is about half-filled with water on a burner over low-medium heat, place a melter in the water, then gradually place wax pieces into the melter. When the wax has melted, you can add coloring or fragrance as desired.
To make molded candles, cut the wick two inches taller than you want the candle to be, then thread it through the hole at the bottom of the mold, then plug the outside of the hole with putty. Place a pencil or similar item over the top of the mold and tie the top of the wick to it, centering the wick. If the mold is cardboard, plastic, or glass, heat the wax to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. If the mold is metal, then heat the wax to 190 degrees. You can use a candle or candy thermometer to measure this. When the right temperature is reached, lift the melter by the handle and slowly pour the wax into the mold. Let cool for twelve hours then refrigerate for twelve more hours, then your candle is ready to be removed.
To make votives and other small container candles, you can use pre-tabbed wicks by simply placing them in the center of the votive candle molds or containers, then pour the wax mixture over and let stand for twelve hours, refrigerating the votives.
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Thursday, August 16, 2007
A massage candle appeals to three of our five human senses: the sense of sight, from the romantic lighting created by the glow of the candle; the sense of smell, from the delicate, alluring fragrance it slowly releases; and the sense of touch, as your partner’s hands slowly massage the warm and moisturizing massage oil, created by the candle, over your body. Mmmm, so inviting, relaxing, intimate and delectable! I refer to the massage candle as a “miracle candle” due to its marvelous ability to transport you into a magical world of absolute pleasure. Everyone should experience the bliss of being pampered with a massage while using a massage candle.
In our day-to-day lives, our bodies become overwhelmed with stress and tension from the trials and tribulations of life. And who wouldn’t want to have that stress and tension eased by receiving a body massage from that “special person” in our life, especially in the safe, warm and comfortable environment of our own homes? We all crave touch and research indicates that a massage provides a therapeutic effect by relaxing us physically, spiritually and emotionally. This enhances our sense of well-being. When you relax and allow yourself to enjoy your partner’s touch, you may even begin to feel amorous and progress to a more intimate level. Either way, a massage candle is a sensational tool that provides the ability to escape and let the world revolve around you. However, what is most precious is a deep awareness of the special person giving you the massage.
How does this massage oil candle work you may ask? You simply light the candle and let it burn for approximately 20 minutes to form a melt pool of massage oil. When it is ready, extinguish the flame and drizzle a small amount of the warm, moisturizing oil onto your partner's body. Next, have your partner massage it directly into your skin. Since the base of the massage oil blend is soy oil (derived from soy beans), it burns very clean and long. Soy oil also burns much cooler than traditional paraffin wax, so the melted massage oil does not get too hot to apply directly to the skin. The massage oil will only be slightly warmer than skin temperature.
Of course, if relaxation and romance is not on your mind, most massage oil candles can also be used without melting as a body balm or lotion. The candle may be used in its solid form by scooping out a small amount with your fingertips and applying it to your skin. When the solid lotion reaches skin temperature it will melt into your skin, releasing its moisturizing properties. Manufacturers of massage candles develop them differently based on their own formulas, so you should always check the ingredients prior to making a purchase. For example, in addition to Cosmetic-Grade Soy Oil, our premium quality massage candle contains such skin-nourishing ingredients as; Shea and Mango Butters, Grapeseed and Jojoba Oils, Beeswax, and Vitamin E. This blend of skin nourishing ingredients deeply moisturizes the skin, leaving it lustrous, silky smooth and delicately scented. Massage candles are also an environmentally friendly product, made with all natural ingredients. Massage candles made with pure essential oils are organic and provide a true aromatherapy experience.
So, whether you are in the mood for romance, wish to enjoy a spa quality experience at home, or desire an excellent skin care product, the massage candle is for you. Once you have experienced this mesmerizing candle, you will find it to be a charming and irresistible product that you too will come to refer to as a “miracle candle”. After you experience this unique product, I am confident that you will always have a body massage candle on your nightstand.
Denise Cassaly is the owner of Je T’aime Fragrances, a leading designer, manufacturer, and retailer of Gourmet Scented Soy Candles and Soy Body Massage Candles. For more information, you may visit her site at http://www.jetaimefragrances.com or reach her at (727) 596-8158.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Candle wedding favors are one of the best wedding favors to be shared with the guests to commemorate a wedding. Giving candle wedding favors is an ideal way for the couple to renew the feelings of joy and togetherness with their guests. Candles usually have an important role in the wedding ceremonies and almost all wedding ceremonies include the lighting of at least one candle or two to symbolize the union between the newly wedded couple. Candle wedding favors remind the guests about the special moments of the ceremony for a long period of time.
There are many varieties of candle wedding favors available such as traditional votive and novel candle wedding favors in different shapes and sizes. Wedding favor candles are mainly available in attractive red rose or heart shapes to highlight a sense of romance in the air. Traditional couples often select classic pillar style candle wedding favors. There are candle wedding favors to match any theme and style of the weddings. These types of wedding favors are the best way to capture the symbolism of wedding ceremonies.
There are different types of wedding favor candles such as flip flop, coconut and ornament candles. Among these, flip flop and coconut candles are ideal for the summer weddings. Candle tins can also be personalized for any type of wedding ceremony. They are usually romantic, decorative, and cost effective. Because of the huge selection of sizes, styles, colors, designs, and scents, it is easy to fit the candles in any decorating theme. The candles and candle holders are usually selected to match the reception colors or shades of the couple's favorite colors. Personalized votives and votive holders make the best guest favors.
Candle wedding favors provide high quality wedding favors and are considered the favorites for spreading the romance of your wedding. If you really feel like lighting someone's fire, you can give them these wedding favors which are so perfect for thanking them also. There are also travel-friendly candle wedding favors which allow the guests for a little candlelight romance wherever they go.