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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Create Your Own Scent!

Want to try your "nose" at creating your own blends of essential oils for your soaps and candles? It's not hard. Whether you're an experienced aromatherapist or new to scent blending, you can create your own complex scent blends that will make your soaps and candles smell wonderful with a scent that is uniquely yours. Grab your notebook and let's get started.

Create Your Own Essential Oil Blends - How to Blend Essential Oils

David Fisher helps us to know which scents to mix and how to do it to come up with our own hopefully unique Scent.  Great article, I will be testing--let you know the results.

Kristi

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Candlemaking When?

In 1850 candles were made of beeswax or tallow, a type of animal fat. They were made by either pouring the hot wax or tallow into candle molds or by dipping strings into it. We dip wax candles at Westville, weather permitting. Candles can't be dipped on hot days, since the wax won't harden.

Westville - Georgia's Working 1850 Town

Westville Candle Making

A short article about where you can go to see how candles used to be made.  I have always found the history of how and where and what they had to use fascinating.  If you get a chance, this is a great place to visit.

Kristi

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Monday, July 03, 2006

All about Moulds

Metal - One piece and easy to use. They have a hole in the base. The wick comes through here. You secure it with a screw (usually comes with the mould) and seal it from the outside with rubber putty so it doesn't leak wax when you fill the mould. You can also buy wick plugs to seal this hole in the mould. Tie the other end of the wick to a rod or pencil and make taut. Rest the rod over the fill-end (top) of the mould. Now the wick is straight, centred and taut. Finished candles may have one seam to shave off with a knife, then polish with a nylon stocking. There are also seamless metal moulds available, and multi-wick metal moulds as well.

Metal Candle Moulds

Candle Making - Moulds

This is a great page from Cambell-Light about the different types of moulds and which can be used for what types of candles.


Kristi

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Great Safety Tips when making Wax Candles

Making candles is similar to cooking in many ways, and, as with cooking, there is the potential element of messiness, and the possibility of unforseen accidents. To cut down on these, and to be ready for any eventuality, please read the following carefully. Always wear old clothes, cover work surfaces with newspaper and move or cover rugs and carpets.

Candle Making Safety Information

Thank you Carolina Candle Supplies for posting these well needed safety tips.

Kristi



Candle Burning Tips

I love burning candles and have them all around the house. Long ones, short ones, fat ones, thin ones, in a plethora of colours. I burn them in the evening when I'm relaxing; I burn them at mealtimes; and I burn them in the bathroom when I'm pampering myself. Any excuse to light a candle really.But candles don't always fit the holder, and sometimes they burn down too far and the wax gets stuck! It's at times like this that candles aren't quite as much fun!Here are some candle burning tips I've picked up through the years:

Getting The Most From Your Candles

Great Tips for Candle enthusiasts to lengthen the use of their favorite candles Sharon!

Thanks to "Pioneer Thinking" as well for publishing her article.

Ancestors dipped candles...

Can you imagine just how dark early homes were at night before electricity? Our ancestors might have lit their homes with whale oil lamps, kerosene lamps, or gas, but most of the struggling colonists and pioneers made and burned candles. They could be hand dipped or molded at home out of materials that were readily available such as beeswax, tallow and bayberry.

LET'S TALK ANTIQUES

And today we don't even think about candles for blackouts, only for pleasure through both scent and romantic light.

Thanks Columbia Daily Tribune and Nancy Russell for this insightful article.

Kristi

Hello Candle Making Enthusiasts

Welcome to the Candle Making Secrets Blog. In this blog I will be sharing articles and tips on the fabulous hobby of candlemaking.

I hope you will enjoy and find as fascinating as I do.

Kristi