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Candlemaking Info, Questions, Problems, Etc.
August 15, 2008
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Suzanne McMinn
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Any candlemakers here?

Clover made me do it.

August 16, 2008
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I used to make all kinds of candles.  Now I only make tapers out of beeswax sheets.

Life is an adventure – Enjoy the ride!!!

February 7, 2009
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http://suzannemcminn.com/blog/2009/02/07/how-to-make-container-candles/

 

Leah asked me to post the link here to the post I did today on making container candles. (So there it is!) You can also just click the Crafts button in the menu bar to find the archive of all my posts in that category, indexed with links.

Clover made me do it.

December 16, 2009
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So far we have how to make soap, yogurt and a bazillion or so food items using the crockpot. How about a way to make candles using the crock pot? This is pretty ingeneous! And something I can actually see myself doing.

http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/2009/12/homemade-holidays-crock-pot-candles/

Perhaps this method would also work using the left over bits and pieces of used candles??

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!

December 16, 2009
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I bet that would work with chunked up pieces of old candles!  I'm
wondering about the indention that they make when they cool, tho……….the
pictures that site showed didn't have indentions, but I've always had
them, then I fill in with more melted wax……… or maybe soy wax doesn't do
that?  IDK.

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

December 16, 2009
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Haven't done enough candle pouring lately to remembering that, Cindy. Sounds like you are describing them developing a dimple! Is it near the wick?
Think the last candles I made were in milk cartons, yes, the waxed cardboard variety. We will not discuss how many decades ago that was! Here's a clue – we used butcher twine for wicks and weighted them down with a penny… (That was probably a wheat penny because we either didn't have the Lincoln penny yet, or it was such a novelty that they couldn't be used for wick weights.)
The easiest candles we made used little birthday candles or stubby tapers as wicks. You'd fill the carton with ice, stand the "wick" candle up in the ice, then fill will cooled but still pourable paraffin.

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December 17, 2009
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A couple of years ago, I got the bright idea to make candles for Christmas gifts. After I went to yard sales and thrift shops and bought over 40 Christmas mugs (Obessive-complusive here) the idea fizzled. Now in one of my sheds sits a lot of dirty dusty mugs. Tea or coffee anyone??

I have a lot of started, but unfinished ideas and no time to do any of them!!

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December 20, 2009
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Mines the old style crockpot. I saw a newer style for around 24 dollars at WM if I
remember right. Might get that one next time I go there, and use the
old one for candles. I havent tried candle making yet but would like to
sometime. Just would like the newer one for cooking anyway!

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December 22, 2009
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When Spring gets here I'll start looking at yard sales and thrift stores
for old crock pots.  This is a great idea, and the little pots at
Michaels for melting wax are too expensive.

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April 12, 2010
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I'm a failure . . . a failure at candlemaking <Confused>. They look all fine and everything. That part came out okay, but the scent doesn't seem to …. well … have a scent when the candle is burning. I can smell the scent if I sniff the candle but when the candle is burning, nothing….nada…not even a wiff of a scent. Bug Eyed I think that kind of defeats the purpose a little, huh.

 

I wonder what I did wrong.

 

Happy Flower

April 12, 2010
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ROFL threadartist, if that is what you are judging your 'failureship' by (my new non-word of the day) then we're all in trouble!!!

Maybe more, or maybe someone can reccomend a type of scent or oil that works better. I think I read somewhere that candle scents work best when certain types are used. I don't know for sure but I bet someone here will!!!

Located in N.E. Ohio

April 12, 2010
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I've been disappointed in the scents I've been getting from Michael's. 
They're candle scents, but they're not very strong.  I'm planning to try
some scents from Cajun Candles (online) and see if they're better. 
Someone I know who makes candles recommends them and her candles smell
great–she gets her scents from there.  You need scent that is
specifically for candles, but also the brand does matter–they're not all
as good!

Clover made me do it.

April 12, 2010
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JoJo, is it the scent you got for your soap?  That is the premium stuff and should work great for a candle! Hmmm, actually you can email them……they have great customer service!!!!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

April 12, 2010
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Thanks for the enouragement everyone.  This was my first experience

doing this so it's possible that I didn't use enough.  I kept an eye on

the temperature to make sure it didn't get too hot so that shouldn't

have been it.

 

Suzanne, I completely agree with you on the Michael's scents.  MY MIL

bought vanilla and it smells great but didn't really do much once it

was in the candle.

 

Yes, Cindy — it was the the same scent that I got for the soap.  I

thought it would be kind of cool to have bath salts, soap, and a candle

with matching scents.  I haven't made the soap yet but it did scent the

bath salts great.  I'm wondering if somehow it is a temperature thing. 

April 13, 2010
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Hi! I have had good luck with Wholesale Supplies Plus they have lots of soap and candle making supplies. I have ordered fragrances from them for potpourri pies that I used to make for gifts. The left over fragrances I have are four years old, and I just recently used them for repurposing my old candles, they turned out great! I think their prices are pretty good as well, I will be ordering from them again soon, when I start making soap.

June 27, 2010
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Woohoo!! I made my first candles tonight. I must say all the helpful
hints that i have read on this site helped a lot. Had no problems at
all. Of course, only made 3 little container candles 1 lb each..three
different scents. But, now I'm hooked. Bulk supplies here we come!clover

August 18, 2010
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Late last year Pete mentioned making candles in cardboard milk cartons. I
still do that—with cream and half-and-half cartons for square candles
and some of the individual (5 oz) ice cream containers for round
candles. I use paraffin I cadged decades ago from a nearby oil refinery.
(It came in 11 pound slabs, 5 to a carton). Before I moved into dyes
and scents, I used brightly colored leftover candles cut into cubes and
triangles to decorate the candles. It's still a favorite technique of
mine. Center wick, then drop the colored bits (~ 1/2 inch cubes) into
the container. Pour in not-overly-hot paraffin. When completely cool,
peel the paper carton away and polish the candle. When the candle is
lit, the colored bits shine like jewels through the translucent paraffin
making a nice effect.

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December 3, 2010
8:32 am
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I am going to attempt making candles today or tonight, I bought a 4 pack
of scents and have asked many of the women on my list which would be
there fave scent. I have actually gotten a lot for linen. Now my
question is this, I was thinking like a pale blue color for the candles
or maybe a yellowish color…any suggestions???

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

December 3, 2010
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Linen makes me think of a creamy color or a pale blue.  You could do stripes with cream and blue!

Clover made me do it.

December 4, 2010
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I think that is going to be my next one…I wanted to be greedy…I made 4, I
did stripes. I had repurposed some candles that I bought with the
containers for .50 each. They smell like brownies…so I used those then
made some vanilla and did stripes of Brown and a Cream color…I have been
putting them in my freezer to harden them quicker. That has seemed to
work. I am a little hasty when it comes to everything.

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