Tuesday, January 31, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Green Beer Candles!


St. Patrick's Day 
*Green Beer Candles*


  What are you likely to see on St. Patrick's Day? A whole lot of Green! Green clothes, green decor, and even the increasingly popular tradition of green beer! 

Long ago, the Irish tradition of dropping a clover in one's drink then drinking it all down, was said to bring good luck. Although this hasn't been confirmed as the official starting point of the green-tinted beverage, the first recorded incident of beer being turned green occurred in New York City in 1914. This has given me the inspiration to make this month's blog "Green Beer Candles".



Materials you will need: 
*IGI 4630 Harmony Blend wax (for the top foam)
*Fragrance Oil (I used Irish Cream and it smells AMAZING!)
*Wick Stickums (I used the 20mm size)
*Beer mug (I picked these up at a local thrift shop) 



 First, start by melting your gel wax. Heat gel on direct heat (A Presto Kitchen Kettle works excellent for gel waxes) until it reaches a temperature of 200*. 







As your gel wax is melting, prepare your containers by adhering a wick securely to the center of the base with a Wick Stickum. Set them aside.













Once the gel wax has full melted and it to the desired temperature, go ahead and add your fragrance. *Note:For Low Density gel wax, you will be able to safely use up to 3% (approx. a 1/2oz per lb of wax) Non Polar fragrance with a flash point over 170*. Our Gel Aroma fragrance oils are guaranteed gel safe. Most standard fragrance oils are NOT safe in gel! We recommend using a digital scale for accuracy. Be sure to mix well!

After you have completely mixed the fragrance into the wax, go ahead and add your dye to your preference. I used 1 drop of the Kelly/Lime Liquid Dye per lb. of wax. And again, be sure to mix well! 




 



You are now ready to pour!
 Note: The low the temperature, the more bubbles there will be in your finished product when you pour.  I poured at exactly 200*, however to get a candle that is more translucent, we recommend pouring at a temperature no higher than 220* to minimize bubbles. When pouring your green gel wax, make sure you leave roughly 1-2" of space at the top, so you can come in later and pour your top layer of "beer foam". 






When poured at cooler temperatures, the gel wax is fairly firm compared to other waxes such as paraffin and soy. There was no need of using a wick centering tool for this project, since the wax held the wick perfectly in the same position that I set it in by hand. When pouring at warmer temperatures, this may not be the case, and I'd recommend using a wick centering tool at that time. 






Once your green gel wax has completely cooled, heat 1lb of the IGI 4630 Harmony Blend Wax to 175*-185*, then add your fragrance. For coloring, the wax already has a very creamy color, so I left it plain and did not add any color. If you were to want to make the top a bit of a deeper creamier color, a very small amount of the Ivory Liquid Candle Dye would work well. Let your wax mixture cool to 160*-180*, then top off your filled container of green gel wax.









 Once fully cooled, trim the excess wick, and you're all done!





These Green Beer candles make wonderful great-smelling gifts and are perfect for decorating! 


 Have a very Happy & Safe St. Patrick's Day everyone!
And may you forever have the Luck of the Irish!



 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, December 30, 2016

Palm Wax Melts

*Palm Wax Melts*


    As I was rummaging through my large wicker basket of wax melts, I was determined to find that perfect "scent of the day" to use in my new melt warmer. Before I knew it, a growing pile of plain colored, boring, half-full clam shell molds (most with a few wax chunks left over from prior use), covered my kitchen table. I thought "I wish these could be more exciting". Or maybe at least a bit more appealing to the eye before they are actually used. 

With farmer's markets and craft shows coming up with the start of a new year, I thought these would be a perfect item to keep in mind!


So I figured I'd give them a try for the first time :)


Materials you will need:
*Clear Cello Bags (I found the 5x7" size to be perfect)
*Candle Dye (I used the Liquid Dyes, and a few Mica Powder dyes)
*Embed Mold (I used the Turtle mold)
*Glass measuring cup (for easy pouring)





As always, start by melting your palm wax.
While you're waiting for the wax, you can start gathering your twist ties and cello bags. This project goes rather quickly, so you'll be able to put your finished melts into the cello bags in about 15 minutes from when you start making them.






Once your wax has reached the appropriate temperature, go ahead and add your fragrance and coloring. For adding fragrance, I follow the same usage guidelines as when I'm making candles, and I've found it to work well. For a few of the colors, I used a very small amount of mica powder.
 


*Keep in mind that if you use too much mica, that the excess mica will sink to the bottom of the mold






The palm wax needs to be poured at a hotter temperature, to bring out the crystal-like designs. I poured my wax at 205* into room-temp plastic molds.
 



*Note: When using the Embed Molds, these molds are rather thick, so you can pour the wax a bit hotter that you would need to for a clam shell mold.

 




These melts cool rather quickly in these small molds. The melts will cool within just a few minutes at room temperature and will pop out of the mold with no effort.






Soon, you'll have a quickly growing supply of adorable wax melts!


Purple Turtles



 Blue Turtles



Green Turtles


Once the melts are 100% cooled, now you can start putting them in cello bags.






There are so many possibilities for what designs you can make your melts in. From turtles, to alligators, and everything in between! Bitter Creek offers a large selection of molds to jazz up those plain wax melts!





Some claim that the palm wax melts are so appealing, that their sales have undoubtedly boosted, due to the beautiful color contrast that the palm wax offers.

Try putting your melts ahead of the rest and give them a try at your next craft show or farmer's market!




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




Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Jelly Soap!

*Jelly Soap*

100% Fun & Kid approved!
 
 I was recently asked about this new creation called "Jelly Soap". Having never even heard about this soap prior, I was immediately intrigued and was really eager to try it out. Over the past few weeks, it seems that these new Jelly Soaps have been one of the main topics lately, and have taken over the internet by storm.

I found dozens upon dozens of new recipes out there, which I tested many of; trying to come up with the perfect bar with a wiggly jelly-like consistency, yet firm enough to where it would hold up a bit to typical handling. I wanted to keep the recipe as easy as possible, so I could make it with simple items that I already had at home (making it a perfect fun project with the kids on a rainy day). My main goal was to stick with a recipe that requires plain gelatin, instead of other recipes that require actual jelly base that you can find online. After trying several different recipes, I found the perfect one!

Sooo... here we go :)



Materials you will need:

*1/2c. Boiling Water
*2 packets Original Unflavored Gelatin
*1/4c. Liquid Soap (This can be Hand Soap, Body Wash, Shampoo, etc.)
*Soap Dye (This can be food coloring, Bath & Body Dye, etc.)
* Jelly Soap Molds (You can use a plastic cup, regular soap mold, etc.)
*Bowl and stirring utensil 
*Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle (optional for removing bubbles)

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 Start off by emptying the 2 packets of Unflavored Gelatin into a bowl. 










Add a 1/2c. boiling water to 2 packets of Original Unflavored Gelatin.




  Stir until completely dissolved. It was rather lumpy at first, so I switched from a plastic spoon, to a wire whisk, and the whisk worked much better for mixing more thoroughly. Whichever mixing tool you use, be patient with this step to prevent hard lumps! 

You'll notice that a layer of foam will form on the surface. If you don't want bubbles, they are fairly easy to scoop right off with a spoon. It's be best to wait until there is no further mixing to be done, since more bubbles are to come with the next steps.







 Once the Gelatin is completely dissolved in the hot water, pick out your favorite liquid soap. This can be Hand Soap, Body Wash, Bubble Bath, the sky is the limit! I knew my 5 year old would have a blast with these in the bath, so I used a Watermelon scented kids tear-free Shampoo/Conditioner that I had on-hand.

***Note: This Watermelon scent smells A-MA-ZING!!! 
I'd highly suggest making a larger batch, to prevent an upset child once they find out that 
you've used all of their Jelly Soap for yourself. LOL






Measure out 1/4c. of the liquid soap and add it to the Gelatin mixture. After stirring until completely dissolved, the mixture will be notably thicker. Now is the time to add the Soap Coloring of your choice. You can use food coloring, bath & body dye, or even glitter for some extra sparkle! 






For this recipe, I used Grass Green gel tone colorant, as well as Neon Blue gel tone colorant. Bitter Creek has an entire line of Gel Tone Colorants. From Neon, to Metallic, you're bound to find the color you are looking for!


Purely Purple Gel Tone (Just one of many color options)




In a prior batch, I had used Pearl Pink Mica Powder, which colored the Jelly beautifully, but much of the mica powder sank to the bottom of the mold. It was still beautiful though. :)






Once you've mixed your coloring in, gather your Jelly Molds. You can use anything from plastic cups, Regular Soap Molds, or even an ice cube tray to make mini soaps! Bitter Creek offers these 3oz Oval Plastic Cups, so being the perfect size for soap, I picked up some to try. They worked perfectly!






To make it even more fun for kids, try adding some fun items within the soap bar. I picked up these fluffy Metallic Tinsel Puff Balls from a craft store a while back, and they worked great for this project.






 As soon as your molds are all set to go, start pouring! I made half of the soaps with the puff balls, and half without. They were pretty fun. :)











The one thing I did notice about using the puff balls, is that they do float a bit at first, but once your mold is completely filled, pushing them down a bit with a toothpick really helped keep them under the surface. 

If you are really not wanting any bubbles on the surface of your soap (pictured below), using rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle will remove all bubbles right away.










Since these 3oz Oval Cups also come with lids, I put the lids on all of the molds before I put them in the fridge. This also helped keep the puff balls from floating up. 






Now the soaps are all ready to go into the fridge! Depending on how thick you make your soap bars, it may take as little as 1hr before they are ready to remove, but I left my soap bars in the fridge over night to make extra sure that they were good to go. 









 After your soap bars have set, pop them out of the molds and enjoy! 















 *Note: With this recipe requiring Gelatin, these soap bars need to be kept in the fridge. They are one-time use soap bars if used in the bath, since they will dissolve slowly in warm/hot water. 

***

My 5 year old absolutely loved them and kept begging to take baths all day long lol. I am really glad this topic was brought up to me, and that it's actually a completely safe and fun project that the kids can join in and help with. I'm sure we will be making these Jelly Soaps often!


If there is ever a fun candle or Bath & Body product that you would like seen made,
Please send your requests to info@candlesupply.com. :)
Happy Candle & Soap Making!
-Elya


 
 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Layered Paraffin Christmas Pillars

Layered Paraffin Christmas Pillars!

Pillar Candles are a great item to have on-hand for the holiday season. Everyone is out looking for that perfect gift for that special someone. What better gift to give, than a memorable piece of home decor that will add a cherished holiday ambience to any household!


This month I wanted to make a set of slanted layered pillars for more of a rustic look. Let's get started!


Materials you will need:

*Pillar Wax (I used the IGI 1343 straight paraffin)


First thing's first... start by melting your wax


As you are waiting for the wax to reach its desired temperature, (For the IGI 1343, this would be 190-200*), gather your candle molds, fragrance, dye, and candle wick.






Start prepping your candle molds by inserting the wick, and sealing off the mold's wick hole around the wick. There are a variety of tools that will help prevent wax spillage from the bottom of the mold as the hot wax is poured in. A couple ways include Mold Sealer Putty, as well as Mold Plugs






Quick Tip: Whenever I make pillar molds, I always like to keep each mold on a paper plate, just in case of an accidental spill from the bottom of the mold, it makes for a much easier clean-up. 


Once your wax has reached its desired temperature, measure out your wax, then add your fragrance and candle dye
*Since the first layer that you will pour, will be the top of the finished pillar candle, I kept this layer white. I only added fragrance to this layer, and I did not use any candle dye.



Melted wax & fragrance mixture



While pouring the first layer, keep the candle mold upright straight, then after all wax for the first layer has been poured, then use a container (I used a cereal bowl) to prop up the mold as you tilt the entire mold to one side.




First layer of wax on a flat surface



First layer of wax after propped up slanted using a bowl



Candle Mold propped up slanted using a bowl




If you want to achieve nice even layers without any color blending from one layer to the next, you will want to wait until the first layer is hard enough so it is completely cooled and solidified. 



 Solidifying first layer of wax

Solidifying first layer of wax



Since I was going for a more rustic look, I poured the second layer once there was a fairly thick surface of solidified wax on the first layer, but while the center was still warm, so the layers would blend a bit. Be sure to pour the next layer 10* hotter than the first layer, to ensure that the layers stick together. If the next layer is poured too cool, the layers will likely break apart.



Second layer of hot Red Wax


Second layer of Cooled Solidified Red Wax



Repeat this process for every layer you plan on making. The final affects will drastically change, based on the temperature at which you pour all of your layers at. After pouring a few candles with the IGI 1343, you will be able to get a good sense of what temperatures will effect the the candle a certain way. For a smoother candle, you will want to pour at a warmer temperature into a heated mold around 185-195*. For a non-smooth primitive looking candle, you will want to pour a bit cooler into a non-heated mold around 165*. 


Pouring 3rd layer of hot Green Wax


3rd layer of hot Green Wax


Now for the fun part! 
After pouring your very last layer, wait until the wax has completely cooled and solidified. Snip the wick off at the base. 



Completely cooled and solidified pillar w/ clipped wick at the base



Flip the candle mold and watch the candle glide right out of the mold. Careful so you don't drop it!!! 



Finished layered pillar candle


Note: With some paraffin waxes, using a mold release agent is recommended, however I have never found difficulty with removing a fully cooled pillar while using the IGI 1343. Just one more of the benefits of using this great paraffin wax!


The possibilities are endless with layering pillar candles! From Candy Cane stripes, to White "Snow Top" Palm Wax Pillars, have fun while bringing out your creative side! 
After all, 'Tis the season!






I hope this project has given you a new idea to try out for the holiday season! 
If there is ever a fun candle or Bath & Body product that you would like seen made,
Please send your requests to info@candlesupply.com. :)
Happy Candle & Soap Making!
-Elya