Dipped Taper Candles – Try Them at Least Once

You, like me, may remember making them with a bit of string and a coffee can full of wax – in a summer camp program. But to make them really well, dipped taper candles are a lot of work.

But don’t let that keep you from trying them. They’re really easy to make…and like rendering your own tallow for soap making, they are something that I think every candle maker should do at least once. Here are a couple of fun variations on the simple dipped tapers – a slim taper called a “Danish taper” which is grouped into a “Danish taper tree” – and a fun “twisted” variation.  So spread out a whole lot of newspaper…and get dipping!

Dipped Taper Candle Variations

Dipped Taper Candles – Try Them at Least Once originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, May 19th, 2014 at 11:20:41.

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Marbled Container Candles

I love revisiting projects that I haven’t made in a number of years. Marbled Container Candles was one of those. I’ve been spending so much time marbling and swirling soap, that I haven’t done much experimenting with candles. But as I was cleaning up in the garage this weekend, I came across my heat gun, and some old clear glass candle containers that I was going to reuse, so I headed to the kitchen and made a few candles. The results are unpredictable, but pretty cool. Give them a try!

How to Make Marbled/Colored Container Candles

Marbled Container Candles originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Sunday, May 11th, 2014 at 20:45:14.

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Mosquitoes are Here – Time to Make Some Candles

As I was watering my fledgling tomato and basil plants (yes, I’ll be making soap with them!) last night…I got at least 4 mosquito bites!

And while I’m probably not going to put a bunch of citronella candle torches around my garden, it certainly was notice that it’s just about mosquito season…and time to make up a batch of mosquito votive candles. You’d be surprised at some of the many different essential oil blends that repel mosquitoes…many of which smell great too!

Mosquitoes are Here – Time to Make Some Candles originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at 09:45:15.

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From the Groves to Your Candles and Soaps – Orange Essential Oil

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Several folks have written saying how much they love the Orange Creamsicle soap recipe I posted earlier this week. It’s the first time I’ve used orange essential oil in a while, and I’m glad I did. I used to use it a lot…but have gotten out of the habit. It’s uplifting, versatile, affordable and delightful – and really marvelous in practically any blend for soaps and candles. It also has many other household uses.

Orange Essential Oil in Soap Making and Candle Making

From the Groves to Your Candles and Soaps – Orange Essential Oil originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 13:40:38.

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Using Beer in Soap & Candles

One of my favorite and most popular soap recipes is my Citrus Honey Bock. It’s made with honey, a blend of citrus essential oils and of course, dark “bock” beer. Does the beer really add anything to the soap? Well…probably just a little bit of extra lather from the sugar content (which the honey does as well.) But it certainly captured the imagination of shoppers and was an excellent soap for men!

Now candle makers don’t quite have this as an option. I don’t know of any waxes or wicks that benefit from the addition of beer. But you can certainly use beer as an inspiration for your candles! Candle makers make candles that look like apples and cinnamon rolls and pies, so why not make ones that look like beer? The beer candle project uses a combination of candle gel and candle wax. I like the gel better for these because it stays clear and actually does look like beer – bubbles and all. Substitute in a little green candle color for the amber – and you’ve got green beer candles – in honor of St. Patrick’s Day – or any Irish or otherwise green-loving person you know.

Using Beer in Soap & Candles originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 00:10:25.

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A Bouquet of Mini Rolled Candles

rolled petite beeswax candlesIf you’re looking for a unique Valentine’s token, these petite rolled beeswax candles are a lovely option.

They don’t burn long, but they are easy to make, smell nice and can be decorated with ribbon or raffia.

Petite Rolled Beeswax Candles

A Bouquet of Mini Rolled Candles originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at 14:16:40.

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How to Make Marbled Container Candles

The simple container candle actually has much more potential than we often give it credit for. They’re simple to make, but you don’t have to be limited to just one color wax in a Jelly Jar, (though that is perhaps the candle most often made, especially by beginners.) You can do layered container candles, you can use interesting containers like coffee cups or small metal buckets (or shot glasses or sea shells or ceramic bowls or beer glasses…). Here are step by step instructions to make a marbled container candle, which, while it does use a Jelly Jar, goes wild with color. Each one you do will be a unique creation. And to accompany the step by step instructions, here is a candle making video demonstrating how to make the marbled container candles.

How to Make Marbled Container Candles originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Saturday, January 4th, 2014 at 01:30:26.

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Petite Rolled Beeswax Candles

rolled petite beeswax candlesIf you’re looking for a small table-top candle display, or a lovely housewarming gift add-on, these petite rolled beeswax candles are a lovely option. They don’t burn long, but they are lovely, warm and rustic, like all rolled beeswax candles.

I made several bundles of these for Christmas presents and folks have loved them. I have a big bowl of them in holiday colors (unlit) on my sofa table for decoration.

Petite Rolled Beeswax Candles originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 20:01:25.

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Christmas, Christmas Candles and Worldwide Festivals of Light

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…at least in the U.S. A. Whether you like it or not, you can’t go far without seeing some manifestation of Christmas. But Christmas is just one of the many world-wide Festivals of Lights being embraced and celebrated this month that are part of mankind’s annual ritual passage through the dark days of Winter. And where there is a festival of light, there are most likely candles.

From the earliest Roman festivals and pagan rituals, through Europe and Africa to the Americas, candles and their enigmatic light have been one of the key factors in the celebration of the winter holidays. They are both decorative and utilitarian, and as I’ve spoken of many times on this site, have a certain beauty and power that just can’t be summed up in words.

So while there isn’t an About.com site about Christmas specifically, there are dozens and dozens of craft and holiday related pages. I have compiled a list of my favorite Christmas and Winter-related links. Go make some candles and enjoy your particular special festival of light.

Christmas, Christmas Candles and Worldwide Festivals of Light

Christmas, Christmas Candles and Worldwide Festivals of Light originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, December 9th, 2013 at 21:20:24.

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Christmas Themed Embeds in Gel Wax Container Candles

Inspired by the cold process soap with Autumn embeds, I decided to make some gel candles using the same principle – and the same style of small cookie cutters. Like the melt and pour soap shapes, you make a sheet of gel wax – with color and/or glitter added – and then put those on the surface (the sides) of the container. Pour in some more colored and/or glittered melted gel wax and you have a festive gel candle.

How to Make Christmas Themed Gel Wax Candles

Christmas Themed Embeds in Gel Wax Container Candles originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Friday, November 29th, 2013 at 22:58:36.

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