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How to Make a Zebra Stipe Pillar Candle with Beeswax Sheets

Posted: November 12th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: beeswax, candlemaking tutorials | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Zebra Print Beeswax Pillar Candle

Inspired by my secret guilty pleasure reality TV: Jerseylicious and their not-so-secret-love for animal prints, this honeycomb patterned masterpiece is freehandly detailed with beeswax zebra stripes. Decorate your mantel and to let the animal in you come out and play. Read the rest of this entry »

Fancy Layered Round Pillar Candle

Posted: October 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: candlemaking tutorials, paraffin | Tags: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

This is an easy candle project that yields lovely results. With simple techniques, learn to create a fancy effect on the classic layered candle.


Carved Beeswax Rose Candle

Posted: October 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: beeswax, candlemaking tutorials | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Hand molding beeswax is a fun (but sometimes more difficult) way to get
creative with this natural wax. Taking the time to practice this technique is the key to creating a stunning finished piece.


8 Unexpected (Mostly Kitchen) Tools Useful for Candlemaking

Posted: March 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: useful tips | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

  1. SPOON An essential tool when making specialty candles. It can replace a whisk when making whipped wax, since its easier to clean and you can work within a smaller container. Also useful to spoon molten wax into small crevasse and to top off the bottom of candles with more control.
  2. LADLE Great for transferring small to medium amounts of wax from one container to another without getting burned. Also useful for evening out molten wax when making homemade beeswax sheets.
  3. CHOPSTICKS Finally a use for your Chinese takeout utensil! If you don’t want to splurge on wick holders yet, look towards chopsticks to the rescue! Put wick in between two chopsticks and secure with paper clamps. Also useful for stirring in color, scent, and additives.
  4. MEAT THERMOMETER Much cheaper than a wax thermometer, and no need to worry about spilled mercury if broken. If I had extra money to burn, I would get a digital one this time. Saves me the time to sit there and wait for the pointer to go up.
  5. METAL BOWLS Great alternative to pouring pots and vats. Only downside is that you can’t hold onto the rim when removing from the double boiler, so try using pliers to lift the bowl. Useful for storing wax, whipping wax, and most of all, melting wax!
  6. COFFEE FILTERS Comes in handy when making a project with recycled wax or wax with debris. Place 1 filter in an empty metal bowl, pour the melted wax into it, and lift the coffee filter by its edges slowly to drain out all the clean wax.
  7. TIN LIDS Remember the good ol’ AOL cds that came in the metal tins? Who knew that these would come in handy for my candle making! Works great for making small batches of chunks for chunk candles, no need to melt large amounts of wax to make a thin layer of wax sheet, since the surface area is so small. Other tin lids work too, like cookie tin or candy tin lids.
  8. TOOTHPICK Nice disposable tool for poking wick holes into warm wax or applying small amounts of varnish to candles.

Needless to say, you will no longer be able to use these kitchenware on your cooking again. Great tools are everywhere in your kitchen, you just have to stop and look. Hope this list has been helpful!

Have you also discovered unexpected tools you use in candlemaking? Feel free to share!

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Mini Blossom Rolled Beeswax Square Candle

Posted: March 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: beeswax, candlemaking tutorials, useful tips | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Inspired by cherry blossoms, this dainty candle reminds me of something proper and ladylike. Contrasting and matching colors make this project a fun way to explore decorative combinations through beeswax sheets, ribbons, and beads.