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Making Aroma Bears is something fun
to do and what is better is that you can still enjoy great scent even where a
candle or even a wax melt normally are not allowed. These are excellent for
dorm rooms, children’s bedrooms, nursing homes, assisted living homes and more,
they offer excellent scent without the risk of fire.
To make the Corn Cob, you will
simply place the amount of Crushed Corn Cob in a jar with a cover, add
fragrance to your desired strength up to about an ounce of fragrance to a pound
of the Crushed Corn Cob material, once the fragrance is added, shake it well
and allow to absorb the fragrance at least overnight. Be sure that the
fragrance has absorbed and the material is not super oily, you can add more
corn cob if needed. Once this is done, place about an ounce of the now scented
crushed corn cob in one of the 3” x 4” bags and place in the back of the
To make the Aroma Beads you will
also need a jar with a lid to shake them. Some people choose not to dye beads
that are going into the bears to prevent any possible color transfer but you
can also use colored beads. For that just use a small amount of liquid candle
dye, added to the fragrance before you add the beads. Our Aroma Beads can hold
up to 30% fragrance! I personally use 25% to make measuring easier. For every 4
ounces of beads, add 1 ounce of fragrance. Place them in the jar and shake
often to allow the fragrance to absorb into the beads. This process can take up
to two weeks to complete and some fragrances are ready in just a day. Once the
beads are dry to the touch, fill the bags with about an ounce each and place in
the back of the bear.
The second process for making the
bears involves dipping them in hot, scented wax. For each bear, I use about 12
weight ounces of IGI 1343 Straight Paraffin, 1/2 tsp. Vybar 103 and 1 weight ounceof fragrance oil. I try and coordinate the name of the bear with the scent and
also by adding different clothing and accessories. Its a fun way to change
things up a bit. When using the darker colored bears you may want to lightly
tint the wax a brown to avoid the look of dandruff from combing the bears. Melt
your wax and put on insulated rubber gloves and dip the bear in your wax. I
find a Presto Kitchen Kettle works great for this.
Once the bear is dipped, you will
then want to take him out of the wax, squeezing out any excess wax and then
start grooming him.
I find a pick or a fork works best
to comb out the bears. I try and place them in their final position at this
point and to try. This is what it looks like when I comb their fur.
Once I have combed them out, I let
them completely cool and dry, then I choose their clothing and accessories to
dress them in. The bears are adorable dressed in cute sweaters and hats! This
little Red Hat girl's name is Hattie, she is scented in Lily of the Valley
fragrance, sure to be a hit with most any Red Hat Lady on your list!
If you find that your bear suffers from wax dandruff, the
simple solution once dried, posed, and clothed if you plan to is to “melt” the
wax dander back into the fur using a hair dryer. This is the quickest way to
correct this and keep the bears looking pretty. Alternately, you can also use
this method to refresh the bears after a few months to bring the scent back to
the surface. Scented bears that I have made looked and smelled great for years!
Next time you log
on to our website be sure to check out all the awesome supplies for making
these super cute, crafty bears! We have a huge variety of stuffed critters,
metal pans to place them on, fragrances, clothing, and accessories! They are a
great way for those who can’t burn candles or where safety could be compromised
burning a candle to be able to enjoy all of our amazing aromas!