Thursday, June 30, 2011

Icy Cola!

It's been a long time since I last pulled out the gel! I was thinking about fun things for summer this morning and decided to go into the work room and see what I could find. After going through some scents, I found a bottle of Gel Aromas Cola! What is more refreshing than a tall glass of icy Cola on a hot day?

For this candle you will need the following:
~A Tall Cola Glass
~Gelwix for Gel Candles

First, fasten your wick to the bottom of the glass using a wick stickum.

Cut about a pound of High Density Gel into Cubes. Fill your glass with "ice cubes" made of clear cut gel. Empty the glass except the bottom 1/4.

Heat your gel wax until it is melted, add dye until it reaches your desired color. I used 4 drops per 10 weight oz of gel. Add your gel safe fragrance, blend well and pour over "ice cubes".

Add a second layer, again about a 1/4 of the glass, pour hot gel over this and repeat until the candle is complete.

These are great little conversation pieces! Just be sure to keep out of the reach of children, they do look real!

Happy Candlemaking!
Flicker :)

***If you are planning on selling these, I recommend not using branded glasses such as Coke or Pepsi but instead opting for ones with no branding to avoid trademark problems.)

As with all gel candles be sure to ONLY use GEL SAFE Fragrances. Bitter Creek offers the GEL AROMAS for use in gel candles. Be sure to always affix a warning label to any candle you make!

Monday, June 27, 2011



A Step-By-Step Tutorial

Always cover your workspace to prevent staining and to simplify cleanup. Here, we have covered it with a sheet of parchment paper.

Gather your materials – Air Freshener Blanks, stencils, coloring materials (markers were used here, but colored pencils also work well), brush and fragrance oil (not shown).

Start by selecting a blank. Here, we’ve used a rectangle, because it’s the right size for the stencils we wanted to use, and punched the hang hole with a metal hole punch prior to decorating.

Choose your stencil and place it into the desired position on the air freshener blank. These plastic stencils were purchased as a set of four strips, all with a summer beach theme, for about $3 at a local arts and crafts store. Stencils are also readily available online, or you can cut your own from sheets of stencil plastic or chipboard using a craft knife or a cutting system at your local scrapbooking store. Press the stencil firmly against the blank, making sure that it does not slip and that all portions of the stencil are making contact with the surface of the blank.

Trace the outline of the stencil shape with your marker or colored pencil. Don’t worry about being perfect, because this will be covered/blended in when you fill in the outline later.

Your first outline will end up looking something like this.

Add additional outlines, if desired.

Now use that same colored pencil or marker to color in the outline(s) you’ve just traced. When you do so, blend the outline into the color by going over it again as you color. Try to make the color somewhat uniform, with no dark blobs where strokes have overlapped repeatedly, but the ink will absorb fairly uniformly as it dries, so it’s not necessary to be perfect.

Here, all three seashells have been colored in and the decorating is complete. (If you choose to add more embellishments, like lettering, rubber stamps, etc., you should do so at this point.) Select your fragrance oil, keeping in mind that the blank will pick up the color of the fragrance slightly. Apply fragrance with an inexpensive brush or disposable pipette (not shown).

Here are four air fresheners, decorated and ready for fragrance, hanger cord, and packaging! All four were made from the same package of four stencil strips. Your creativity is limited only by the selection of stencils available, or your ideas to make your own stencils.

Clockwise from top: Seashells, Anchor and Starfish, Fish, and Sailboat (sun rays added by hand after stenciling)

Great kids project for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc.