jeudi 19 décembre 2013

Halloween Candle Making: 3 Fun Projects for the Holiday

Halloween is like almost all of the holidays: it makes people start to get crafty. Those that never touch construction paper are all of the sudden instant Martha Stewarts, desperately trying to out-craft their neighbors. Unfortunately, this usually results in excellent attempts, but with sometimes pitiful results. So how do you ensure that your spooky candles turn out well? Start simple!
Instead of immediately going for the bleeding skull candle, start with much simpler candle making projects that are just as appropriate for Halloween. To make it easy, here are 3 dead simple projects that you can do:
The Mini Pumpkin Tea Light
Alright, I'll be honest. There is actually no candle making involved in this particular project. However, it costs less than 2 dollars and you can make as many as you want to. All you need is a mini pumpkin (3-4 inches), a tea candle, and either a candle carver or a biscuit cutter. You could also just use a knife or screwdriver.
First we need to pick out a good mini pumpkin. No need for perfection here, we just need something that is going to be level and easy to work with. Next, choose your weapon! Whether you choose the candle carver, knife, or screwdriver, the goal is the same: cut out a circle the same size as a tea light candle.
If you aren't exactly sure on size, just cut a little bit off of the pumpkin so that it is level, then rest the tea light on top and trace around it. This will give you a good indication of the exact size area that you need to cut. Cut straight down then just chisel out inside the circle with a screwdriver, butter knife, or an actual chisel. Remember: safety first! Please be careful whenever using anything sharp. Once you have the area chiseled out for the tea light, drop it in and light. These make great gifts of the neighbors, or you can set up out along your driveway on trick or treat night.
Pumpkin Pie Floating Candles
This project is very easy and goes quickly. Even better, you'll actually be doing some candle making! We're going to make 3 scents: cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. When all 3 are lit it will smell almost identical to a fresh pumpkin pie. Of course if you don't feel like making 3 different candles, you could easily just blend the scents together.
As with most candle making projects, we're going to start by finding and preparing the mold. To make floating candles I usually just use a heat proof bowl and only pour the wax about.5 to 1 inch thick. This makes for a candle guaranteed to float without any problems. Just rub your heatproof bowls with some vegetable oil to make sure that the candle releases easily.
After your molds are prepped you're ready to focus on the scents. For the cinnamon and nutmeg candles you'll just add the fresh spices to the wax, so those are easy. The only scent that we need to make is the pumpkin, and it is much easier than you'd think.
Simply warm about a cub of vegetable oil in a saucepan to about 100 to 150 degrees, it shouldn't be hot. Next, wash and peel the skin from a pumpkin then add it to the oil, you want about a cup of peelings. Let it steep for about 10 minutes, and then remove from the heat. If possible, let it sit for a week at room temperature (optional, but will result in a much stronger scent). If you don't do a whole week at least let it sit overnight. Then just strain out the solid pieces and you're left with your own pumpkin oil.
To make your floating candles just melt enough wax for all 3 candles, then sprinkle cinnamon into one mold and nutmeg in another. Shake them around to let the spices coat evenly in the mold, then dump out any extra. Just pour in the wax, then set your wick in the center (using pinned wicks with a tab). This little cheat means that you don't have to actually mix the scents in with the wax, saving you a step.
After the cinnamon and nutmeg candles are poured, add about a tablespoon of your pumpkin oil to the wax and mix thoroughly, then pour into your third mold. Let these all cool then float in water and light. Since you didn't add color this can really confuse your friends (everyone is used to pumpkin candles being brown), enjoy!
The Bleeding Candle
This Halloween candle making classic isn't as difficult as you'd think, and we're going to stick with our trusty bowl molds. Ideally, we want molds that have a smooth bottom as well; you'll see why in just a moment. But first:
Prepare your molds! I know; big surprise. Rub a little vegetable oil on the inside of one of the bowls and on the outside of another. Melt some white wax to the proper temperature and pour it into the first bowl, then insert the second bowl until there is only a 1 inch gap between them, and let cool. After it has cooled, remove the inner bowl; this will leave you with a white shell.
Melt and pour red wax until it us.5 inch below the top of the shell, then let cool again. Last step! Pour a final layer of white to cap the red (the wick should have been placed into the red pour), and let cool a final time. For a real bleeding effect drill holes up through the sides of the candle so that the melting red wax can escape.
These are just a few basic Halloween candle making ideas, but you can do almost anything you can think of. Get creative! Make a snowman from pumpkins, made a bleeding pumpkin, or even experiment with cookie cutters to make fun Halloween tarts. Once you've made a few that you're proud of, light them and show them off!

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dimanche 8 décembre 2013

Candle Making Project For the DIY Candle Maker - How to Rubber Stamp on Candles

I enjoy creative control in almost everything in the house including my candles. Are you the same way? There are so many ways you can personalize them. One of these ways is through rubber stamping. This method embeds a stamp of your choice on the surface of the candle.

Rubber stamping on candles allows a DIY candle maker to quickly enjoy their homemade decor. With rubber stamping you can choose a primitive theme, country, elegant, retro. The choice is in the stamp you use.

Do you have a favorite stamp or theme? Extend the use of the stamp or theme onto your candles. If you are making a scrapbook photo album for a baby shower gift, extend the rubber stamp theme to candles that are included in the gift.

Rubber stamped candles are great for gifts, parties, gatherings, and at home decor. You can create this personalized candle in 30 minutes or less depending how simple or decorative you want your candle.

Materials Needed:

Clear Rubber Stamp - It is suggested to use a clear stamp because you can see exactly what you are doing when you place it on the wax.

Pillar or Votive - Results may vary depending on the wax and size you use.
Water Based Ink - Protects the stamp from wax clinging to the design.
Preparing The Candle For Stamping

Heat the wax. You can use a hot air blow dryer or a heat embossing tool. Direct the air onto the wax surface where you are placing the stamp.

Stamping the wax. Turn off the heat immediately and stamp your candle. If the candle is cylindrical you need to stamp it very carefully because it gets slippery when you move the stamp across the wax. Don't slide it across. Sliding it across the candle causes wax build up on the stamp. If the design is not deep enough, reheat and re-stamp. You can reheat the candle, but every time you reheat the candle it alters the design.
Put your finishing touches on. Complete your candle by rubbing the ink pad gently over the clear stamp impression. Metallic inks work very well.
Clean up. Easily peel the wax off the stamp.
Here are some ideas to make your rubber stamping candle unique.


Emboss before applying the stamp. Glitter works great
They are so simple and fun to do that you can even do this with your child. This makes a fun project year around. Include the whole family.

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DIY Candle Making - Basic Equipment Needed

The existence of candles can be traced way back the times of the ancient Egyptians. Back then, bull rushes were dipped in tallow to create one. Later on, the Romans modified the candle by using a wick. Aside from lighting homes, candles were mainly used for rituals, worship and aid for night travels. Even today, they still play a significant role in adding solemnity to an occasion.

Nowadays, candle making has become a hobby for many people. Its uses have extended to other purposes - to relax and soothe the mind, to help create a romantic ambience in a room, for meditation and many more. More and more people have become interested in making candles from home. So, for all DIY crafters out there and for those who want to learn the art of candle making, here is a list of the basic equipment you need.


There are so many types of wax to choose from - gel, beeswax, paraffin and a lot more.


A scale is needed to weigh the wax and other ingredients in order to get the right quantity.

Moulds or Containers

The type of mould you use would depend on the kind of candle you want to create. Metal cans are recommended for beginners. Fancy moulds are sold in local craft stores.


The type and size of the wick you choose is a vital factor in candle making if you want to create one that burns properly. You can purchase wicks pre-tabbed or pre-primed.


To colour candles, you can choose from liquid dye, blocks or dye chips.


Wax needs to be melted up to 190º F. The thermometer will be used to measure the wax you are melting to ensure that you get the right temperature. You can use a candy thermometer for this.


This will be utilised for wax melting. A hot plate can also be used as alternative.

Saucepans or Pitcher

This will be for melting the wax. The double-boiler method is used by many people for candle making. To do this, simply fill half of a large saucepan with water then heat it on a stove. Fill a smaller saucepan with wax and place it inside the heated large pan.

Releasing Agent

Spray the agent on the mould before adding wax. Candles will be easier to remove from the mould when you use releasing agents, like vegetable oil.

Mould Sealer

This will seal the wick hole effectively and keep the wax from leaking out.

Other Supplies

This would include old newspaper (to cover the work surface), latex gloves (for hand protection), rubbing alcohol (to clean the saucepan before it totally cools down) and paper towels.

Candle making can be used as a hobby or for business purposes. As you become acquainted with the process, you can start experimenting with different sizes, colours, designs and fragrances.

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