Saturday, June 30, 2018

Marble Container Candles!

~Marble Container Candles~
(Made with EZ Parasoy wax)

Put a colorful new twist on plain container candles!


Materials you will need:
~ Container candle making supplies, or already prepared solid colored container candles (I made my own candles made with EZ Parasoy wax)
~ Toothpick diameter 6" piece of wire
~ Bowl of ice water (optional)






Step 1 - Choose your base container candle. When selecting a container candle to marble, choosing a soy blended wax is ideal, due to the softness of the wax. 

*Note: The softer the wax, the more likely the colors are, to fading into each other over time. A 100% soy wax will morph into one color in about a week, losing the marbled look.

 




Step 2 - Taking a completely cooled and prepared container candle, use the toothpick diameter 6" piece of wire to poke multiple holes along the glass, until you reach the bottom of the container. It's not recommended to poke too many holes (about 6 maximum), to prevent the dye from flooding the base candle into one new color.











*Note: Make sure to clear all wax from the hole that you have just created. This will allow the liquid dye to disperse easier down the candle. 




Step 3 - Take the liquid candle dye and apply one drop of dye to each hole that you made along the sides of the candle. One drop is all you need to make nice color swirls in the base candle. 












Step 4 - The drops of dye usually do not spread all the way to the bottom of the candle on their own, which is where the metal wire comes into play again. Use the metal wire to follow the original punctures, to force the dye all the way to the bottom of the candle. 








Step 5 - After all lines of dye have been forced to the bottom of the container, use a heat gun to start on one line at a time. Focusing on just one line of dye, slowly follow the line of dye with the heat gun in a sweeping motion back and forth. As soon as you see the wax starting to melt, you'll notice the dye quickly moving along the melted area. 


*Note: This is where I found a helpful trick. Sometimes if heated too much where a bit too much wax is melted, the dye will flood the melted area in a fairly large amount rather quickly. Using a bowl of ice cold water, as soon as you see where the dye is flooding a bit too much, stop the heat gun and quickly place your container candle into the bowl of water just until it is level with the surface of the wax within the container. This will "freeze" the design without morphing your entire candle into one color. 








The marble designs become very pretty, very quickly :)







Step 6 - When you have completed all sides of your candle, you'll see that the surface of your candle is a bit "less than satisfactory". There will be dye, wax bits and a whole lot of uneven surfaces. Wait until the candle is completely cooled, then using your heat gun in a circular motion, heat the candle surface just until the surface is completely flat.









Step 7 (final step) - Once the surface is completely cooled, take a napkin or paper toweling to carefully follow along just above the surface, to clean up any wax or dye for a neat, clean look.







Secure a lid to each candle for the finishing piece. These candles are simply beautiful! 








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Happy Candle Making!
-Elya






Thursday, May 31, 2018

Epsom Salt Scrub Bars!

~Epsom Salt Scrub Bars~
(Made with Clear M&P Soap Base)

Sit back and relax with these stress-relieving Epsom Salt Scrub bars!


Materials you will need:
~ Clear Melt & Pour Soap Base (This base is also VEGAN!)
~ Medium Microwave-safe bowl






Step 1 - Cut soap base into 1" cubes along score lines. Fill a medium microwave-safe bowl with the cubes and heat for 30 seconds at a time, while stirring well after each heating until the base is fully melted (an entire 2lb tray of soap takes roughly 3.5-4 minutes to fully melt). 













Step 2 - Once the base is fully melted, add your choice of FD&C dye to the desired shade of your choice. These dyes turn out very nicely! Stir well.

*Note: each block of base is 2lbs. I split the block and colored each lb a different color. 1lb of base makes nice size soap bars when using the ribbons mold.










Step 3 - Once your base is colored, add 1/8 cup of Epsom Salt per lb. of base and stir well. If you add too much salt, the bars will not hold together properly when removing the bars from the mold. 

*Note: The Epsom Salt will sink to the bottom of the base once added. This can not be avoided, however this is what makes up the nice designs on the finished bars. 












Step 4 - Add fragrance oil to the base. 1lb of base will need 1oz of skin safe fragrance oil. The Wild Watermelon fragrance smells amazing and is perfect for summer!






Step 5 - Pour the base into clean soap molds and allow to cool for at least 3 hours at room temperature before attempting to remove from the molds. 














Step 6 (final step) - Remove from molds and package in cello bags or plastic wrap. 





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-Elya











Saturday, March 31, 2018

Spring Flower Wax Melts!

~Spring Flower Wax Melts~
(Made with EZ Parasoy Wax)
 
With Spring time finally here, flowers seem to always be the main focus when it comes to
spring-themed items; and for good reason!
Brightly colored, fresh picked vibrant flowers are the perfect pick-me-up
after a long cold winter season.
Speaking of brightly colored flowers, this month we're going to focus on adding a new look to those ever so popular clamshell wax melts. I've never personally seen wax melts like the ones you're about to see, so I thought it'd make for a fun and easy blog to kick off the month of April.
 
 
 
Materials you will need:
~ Candle Dye (I used the liquid dyes)
 
 
Step 1 - Heat the wax to 180-195°.
 

 
 
Step 2 - Once the wax reaches desired temp, add your fragrance oil (I used 1oz fragrance to 1lb of wax), blend well. Then add your choice of candle dye and again blend well. Preparing your wax embeds that will set on the surface of the initial poured clamshell, will be the main focus at this point. I used the Purple/Violet Liquid Dye for the top flower embeds, and Hot Pink/Pink Liquid Dye for the base color. I also used the popular "Apple Flower" fragrance oil for these.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Step 3 - Allow the wax to cool to a temperature of 130-140° to make sure that the heat of the wax will not melt the clamshell molds. A melted plastic mold makes for a mess!

 
 
 
 
Step 4 - Once the wax has cooled to the desired temp, start carefully pouring the scented/colored wax into the embed molds. These will cool rather quickly compared to the larger clamshell base that you will be pouring shortly. Set aside to cool.
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
*Tip: Setting the embeds in the fridge for a few minutes helps greatly with the molded embeds to release from the mold with ease. If taken from the mold too soon before the embeds are too warm, the embeds are likely to break apart (as shown below).  
 
 

 
 
 
 
Step 5 - Repeat steps 2 & 3 to prepare the clamshell base color. Go ahead and pour the melted wax into the clamshells.
 

 
 
 
 
 

This is where a scale really comes in handy. The 6 cavity clamshell molds will hold 2.5oz of wax. I first filled the clamshell mold until it contained 2.2oz of wax. As soon as your base wax has been poured, take a cooled embed and gently set the embed in the center of the mold within the freshly poured hot wax. Each poinsettia embed weighs .3oz. After you have added the flower embed to the clamshell, you will have a perfectly filled 2.5oz clamshell.
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
Step 6 (final step) - Set entire clamshell aside to completely cool at room temperature for a few hours. Do not set in the fridge to cool! Cooling the wax too quickly will cause cracking and possible sink holes within the wax. When the clamshells are completely cooled, shut the lid of the clamshell, apply a warning label and you're done!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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, February 28, 2018

Brand NEW 4oz Mason Jar Candles

~Brand NEW 4oz Mason Jar Candles~
(Made with EZ Parasoy wax)

Bitter Creek has just released a brand new 4oz mason jar!
Since the 8oz mason jars are quite popular, when we came across a smaller 4oz,
we just couldn't resist adding them to our line.
These 4oz jars have the same attractive measurements along the sides,
and are the perfect size to fit right in your hand!
I wanted to show just how attractive these jars are,
so I used the EZ Parasoy wax to help bring out all of the designs when the jars are
filled with a range of different colors.

Materials you will need:
~ Lids (I used the Antique Pewter Lids)
Step 1- Heat the wax to 180-195°. Once the wax reaches desired temp, add your fragrance oil, blend well. Then add your choice of candle dye and again blend well. I personally like to use the Liquid Candle Dyes, as it's fairly easy to achieve specific colors, depending on the amount of dye drops you use each time. With Easter coming up, I used only 1 drop of each dye in each candle, to achieve nice light "Easter" colors.






Step 2- Pour scented wax into jars. This wax should be poured between 165-180°. You will find that this wax will not adhere to the jars under normal circumstances, but instead it will pull away.






Step 3- Place Black Round Wick Centering Tools on jars and secure the wicks, to keep the wicks centered as the candles cool.  







*Note: You'll notice that the EZ Parasoy wax usually leaves a buttery smooth surface after the wax has cooled, rarely ever needing a second pour (if anything, I'd suggest using a heat gun for a couple seconds to smooth a rough surface). You'll also see that this wax does not frost, and rarely ever cracks. The cold and hot throw is amazing and its ability to hold light to bold colors is brilliant!


 








Step 4 (final step)- Once completely cooled, remove the centering tools, trim the wicks using a scissors, then secure a lid and safety label. Perfect candles!







If there is ever a fun Candle, Soap, or Body product that you would like to see made, we would LOVE to hear from you! Send us a request at info@candlesupply.com today!
Happy Crafting!
-Elya