Wednesday, May 31, 2017

American Aroma Jars

Independence Day
*American Aroma Jars*



     With Independence Day coming up, these jars make beautiful patriotic centerpieces as well as memorable gifts for the holiday. They are also an easy and fun project that you can let the kids help with!

*Batch yield: (6) 16oz jars



Materials you will need:
*(6) 16oz Straight Side Jelly Jars
*(3lbs) Aroma Beads
*(6) Smelly Jelly Lids
*Blue/Sky Liquid Candle Dye
*Red/Dark Pink Liquid Candle Dye
*(3) Gallon Ziplock Bags
*White Mica Powder
*(1.5oz) Fragrance Oil
*Patriotic Material (from your local craft store)




Start by emptying (1) lb of Aroma Beads into each of the gallon zip lock bags.







Add your choice of Fragrance Oil to each bag of Aroma Beads.






You can make each pound of Aroma Beads a different fragrance, or you can make them all the same. I found that adding .5oz of Fragrance Oil to 1lb of Aroma Beads worked perfectly for strength, and absorbed into the beads in just a couple hours. Once you have added the Fragrance, hold the top of the closed bag and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE the bag until all of the Beads are evenly covered with the Fragrance Oil.






Once all three bags are completely shaken with the Fragrance Oil, start adding your dye. I wanted a really deep red color, a really deep blue color, and a off-white color. 10 drops each of the Red/Dark Pink and the Sky/Blue Liquid Dyes worked perfectly.










For the white, I chose to use about 2tsp. of Mica Powder, to give it that old fashioned shimmery silvery white tone.







Candle Dye will color the beads very quickly and easily. Be careful not to squeeze the bag too tightly to avoid having the bag break and leave a huge mess. And again, while holding the top of the closed bag, SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE the bag until all of the beads are evenly colored.







Keep all bags CLOSED and allow them to fully absorb the Fragrance Oil and Dye. Drying time will depend on exactly how much fragrance you used, as well as what fragrances. Some fragrance take a bit longer to absorb into the beads than others. Regardless of what fragrance, at a usage of .5oz Fragrance Oil to 1lb of Aroma Beads, the beads should be completely dry within a couple hours. You will be able to noticeably tell when the beads are dry vs. when they are still wet.


Wet^        vs.        Dry^




As your Aroma Beads are drying, start cutting the material that will be used under the Smelly Jelly Lids of the finished product. I found that cutting a circle with a diameter of 5" worked perfectly, but you can cut them larger/smaller depending on your preference.







For this project, I chose to use 16oz Straight Side Jelly Jars instead of 16oz Mason Jars, so the Aroma Beads would be able to be clearly seen through the jar.The Mason Jars do give even more of a rustic/country look though (which is really in style these days).






Once all three bags of Aroma Beads are completely dry, start adding the beads to your jars. You can make them in solid colors, layers, or completely mixed together.



 




Three lbs. of Aroma Beads will fill (6) 16oz Jars. Once all jars are filled, take the circle shaped material patched that you cut out earlier and place them over the top of each jar. While placing the material on the jar, hold the material as centered as possible with one hand, while securing the lid down with the other, so there is an even amount of material hanging out from under the lid on all sides.









The thin material adds a decorative touch, yet allows the aroma of the fragrance to escape the jar through the Smelly Jelly Lid. The material is also a great idea to help avoiding unwanted spills through the lid in case accidentally spilled.









Once all jars have their lids on, fluff out the material from under the lid, and you're all done! These jars can be colored and scented for any occasion!










If there is ever a fun candle or Bath & Body product that you would like seen made, we would love to hear from you!
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Happy Candle & Soap Making!
-Elya










Friday, April 28, 2017

Enamel Coffee Mug Candles


*Enamel Coffee Mug Candles*

It's that time of year again! The trees are blooming, the birds are making their nests, and the world is coming alive after a long cold winter. It's time to venture out and enjoy the wild outdoors. Along with hiking, camping is always a great summer activity. 
When you think about camping, it's pretty easy to picture a nice crackling fire 
with toasted marshmallows slowly roasting
overhead and a tent with a cozy sleeping bag set up in the background. 
And of course, a classic enamel cup of steaming coffee. 




Materials you will need:
* CD series wicks (I used CD-14 wicks for these 3.5" mugs)
*Enamel coffee mugs (Can be found in the camping section at your local store)











Start melting your wax first. You can use any container wax for this project, however I used the EzSoy. While you are waiting for your wax to reach it's desired temperature, prepare your coffee mugs by adhering a wick to the center of the mug with a wick stickum. This will keep the wick in place as you pour the hot wax into the mug. 











Once your wax has reached its desired temperature, go ahead and add the fragrance and the candle dye. For EzSoy, this temperature is 175°-180°.

When the candle dye and fragrance have been completely mixed with the wax, you can now pour the wax into heated containers once it reaches its ideal pouring temperature.  *Note: For EzSoy, you will need to allow the wax to cool to about 105° and start stirring. When the wax reaches a slushy stage, it looks similar to an Icee starting to warm up, pour the wax into room temperature jars. The actual pour temp of the wax is about 95° but because it is not completely fluid at this point, an internal temp is hard to achieve. Pouring hotter will result in more frosting and tops that are not completely smooth.







When centering a wick, if you do not have a centering tool on-hand, sometimes you have to be a bit creative when creating a wick centering tool for a 3.5" container. A centered wick is crucial for a properly burning candle. A pair of wooden skewers worked perfectly to hold the wicks in place.







 Some degree of bloom or frost can occur with any soy wax (as shown below). Testing of fragrances and dyes as well as pouring temps can in some cases decrease or eliminate this. EZ Soy is manufactured in the USA from soybeans grown right here in America! Soy waxes produce little to no black soot when made and burned properly. EZ Soy will hold up to a 10% fragrance load however we have had the best hot scent throw results using 6%.

Once your candles have completely cooled, trim the excess wick from the candles.









As soon as all wicks are trimmed, you are all finished! The smell of freshly brewed coffee with be in the air. :)

These mug candles look great when packaged in a cello bags or shrink wrap bags, tied off with natural hemp twine or raffia. With Father's Day just around the corner, these are a perfect gift for Dad!









If there is ever a fun Candle or Bath & Body product that you would like seen made, we would love to hear from you! Please send your requests to info@candlesupply.com :)


Happy Candle & Soap Making!
-Elya
 
 








Friday, March 31, 2017

Easter Egg Bath Bombs


*Easter Egg Bath Bombs*

   The Bath Bomb industry is booming! Bright colors, great smells, luxurious fizzling bath bombs... what's not to love? While Easter is upon us, a bright Easter basket filled with Easter Egg bath bombs would be the perfect gift for any bath bomb lover!

 *Batch yield: 11 eggs

 
Materials you will need:
* 1 Cup Baking Soda
* 1/2 Cup Citric Acid
* 1/2 Cup Cornstarch
* 1/4-1/2 Cup Fine Grade Sea Salt or Epsom Salt ( I used 1/2c. Epsom Salt)
* 2 1/2 Tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil or Cyclomethicone (Cyclo makes the feel silky)
* 3/4 Tablespoon Water
* 2 Teaspoons soap safe Fragrance Oil
* 1/4 Teaspoon Borax (Sold in Laundry aisle) 
* Large Mixing Bowl
* Plastic Easter eggs






First, mix all dry ingredients, except borax in a large mixing bowl.






Once dry ingredients are mixed, mix together water, oil (I used Sweet Almond Oil), Liquid Dye, Fragrance Oil, and Borax in a separate container. *Be sure to mix well!
*Tip... mixing these wet ingredients together in a bottle and shaking, or mixing together in a cup and mixing with a fork works as well if you do not have a bottle on-hand.









For Colorant, I used the Blue, Pink, and a touch of the Red Cosmetic Liquid Dyes
*Tip...I am asked this frequently, and please Do Not use mica powdered dye, or Gel Tone colorants to color your bath bombs! Using mica powders and gel tones may look amazing, however they leave a very large ring of dye around a bath tub, which is difficult to remove from the tub, let alone yourself. 






For fragrance, I used our brand new fragrance "Apple Flower Type". It is a B&B Works Type that is simply A-mazing!






As soon as your wet mixture is blended completely, begin mixing dry ingredients with one hand, while drizzling the liquid mixture into the dry mixture. Slowly and constantly blending the liquid into the dry mixture until full incorporated. 
*Tip... Be sure to do this slowly. Adding the liquid mixture too fast can trigger the fizzing action!










When the mixture is completely mixed, it will seem somewhat dry, rather than wet. If the mixture is too wet, the bath bombs will not hold their shape. Be sure to follow the measurements in the instructions precisely to prevent ruining your bath bombs.






Gather your Easter Eggs that will be acting as your bath bomb molds. I found it much easier to separate the top of the egg from the bottom by cutting the small plastic piece that holds them together, for forming the bath bombs easier. 


With one piece of the plastic egg in each hand, while holding them in the mixture, bring them together over the length of the mixing bowl, while scooping up the mixture as you go. Once joined together, move the entire mold to a designated area that you would like the molds to sit until they harden.*Note: Not all of the eggs with fit perfectly together in the molds. If you have a small gap of space between the two pieces of the mold, that is perfectly fine. The finished product will still look amazing and you will not be able to tell.

A paper plate worked great for holding all the eggs in place. 








The bath bombs within the Easter Eggs will take roughly 6 hours to fully harden. I leave mine in their molds overnight. 






Once your bath bombs are ready to extract from their molds, I found it much easier to gently press the crease of the mold while spinning the egg. All while pressing gently all around the crease in different areas, while constantly spinning. This helped the egg come apart much more easily, than when I tried simply pulling the mold pieces straight apart. 












Once your bath bombs are all extracted from their molds, set them aside on paper plates while you are collecting the used egg molds. 










 Keeping the egg shell pieces in a large mixing bowl helps keep the mess down quite a bit. However if you do make a mess, it's a very quick and easy clean up with a towel and some water!
*Tip... For cleaning your egg molds, wash in warm water and dish soap, then allow to air dry for future use.








Package individually, create a gift bag, or fill a colorful Easter Basket with them! These Easter Egg Bath Bombs are a great project to let kids get involved with, and are extremely fun and easy to make!
*Tip... We offer many new colors of Paper Shred to add extra appeal to your projects! 







If there is ever a fun Candle or Bath & Body product that you would like seen made, we would love to hear from you! Please send your requests to info@candlesupply.com. :)

Happy Easter everyone!
-Elya


"Easter is the only time of year when it is safe to put all your eggs in one basket."
-Evan Esar