Marbling: Torching Your Candles

Marbling: Torching Your Candles

Just as in soapmaking, you can use many techniques to accomplish different effects to the look of your candles, including a marbled effect. These next few articles will teach you how to torch, hammer, and paint three different marbling styles. Marbling can be achieved with one or more colors, however, you’ll want to choose colors wisely as they blend and mix …

Floral Sculpted Soaps and Candles - Part 2

Floral Sculpted Soaps and Candles – Part 2

Making floating floral candles is just liking making soap. You will follow the same basic steps with a couple of variations.  See the step by step tutorial of sculpting flowers here. Floating Rose Candle Dip and carve wax Fragrance Colorant Primed 1 in wick (cut to 2 inches long) Double boiler Pouring pot Spoon Rubber 9×9 baking pan Cutting board …

Floral Sculpted Soaps and Candles – Part 1

Now that the seasons have changed and flowers are blooming, this is a perfect time for a tutorial on how to make 3D sculpted floral floating candles or glycerin soap.  The method is the same for both, and they are quite easy once you get the hang of it.  Since our example shows glycerin soap becoming a rose, we will …

Sensuous Massage Candles

Sensuous Massage Candles

Massage candles are quite unique and yet so easy to make. They are not simply candles, but a solid form of massage oil that is melted with a burning wick. The wax melts at a temperature slightly higher than body temperature, and is poured off the candle directly onto the skin. The wax is loaded with skin-loving ingredients like oils …

Seascape Gel Candles Tutorial

Seascape Gel Candles Tutorial

Gel candles are so much fun. Here is an easy tutorial on making this Seascape Gel Candle. Start by reading our previous post about gel candles which goes over some basic information and safety guidelines. Supplies needed: Melting pan Candle thermometer Plastic spoon Gel candle wax (enough to fill container) Clear glass containers Blue liquid candle dye Scissors Wick sustainer …

Gel Candles – General

Gel candles are in a class of their own. The gel wax and fragrances are a little different than that of traditional candles. And what can be created with gel candles is nothing short of amazing. From tropical drinks and champagne candles to garden and seashore scenes, the possibilities are endless. Gel candles produce a transparent candle perfect for embeds. …

Pressed Flower Candles

Pressed Flower Candle Supplies needed: Double Boiler Candle thermometer Wooden spoon Wax (your choice suitable for container candles) Pillar mold Plain white candle thinner than the pillar mold and ½ in. shorter Scissors Newspaper Candle fragrance Dried flowers, leaves, or spices, such as cinnamon sticks Skewer Mold seal Wick holder Vegetable oil Paint brush You will need enough wax to …

Repost Watermelon Soap Tutorial

Repost Watermelon Soap Tutorial

Amy from Great Cakes Soapworks let me post this awesome tutorial for making cold process watermelon soap last year. Now that summer is here (at least in FL it’s here), I thought I would repost the tutorial. If you would like to see the full post with information about Great Cakes Soapsworks click here. Amy’s Watermelon Soap Tutorial Looking for …

Eggshell Candle Tutorial

Want to dress up your table for the spring holidays? Try these lovely eggshell candles. Make them for yourself, or include them in a spring product line. These candles are unique and will attract attention from customers or family and friends. Supplies needed: Double Boiler Candle thermometer Wooden spoon Wax (your choice suitable for container candles) Eggs Thumbtack Glass containers …

Valentine Embedded Candle Tutorial Variation

Valentine Embedded Candle Tutorial Variation

A great variation to this tutorial is to give the embedded chunks some shape. When you are ready to cut your chunks, instead of using a paring knife to cut squares, use a small cookie cutter and cut the sheet of wax into hearts or other desired shapes. There is more than one variation you can choose to do. You …

Embedded Candle Tutorial

One of the things soap makers love about making candles is that many of the techniques used in making candles are similar to those in soap making. If you know how to do one, you can apply it to the other with ease. You can layer soaps and candles, add embedded shapes, mold them, and play with different colors and …

Make Simple Herbal Decoctions Instructions

Make Simple Herbal Decoctions Instructions

Herbal infusions are an easy way to obtain some of the properties of a plant material for use in products. They can be used in soaps, but there is debate about whether or not the properties of the infused oils remain intact during the saponification process. Oil infusions are recommended for use in massage and bath oils, lotions, creams, scrubs …