The Candlemaker's Companion: A Complete Guide to Rolling, Pouring, Dipping, and Decorating Your Own Candles
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Enjoy some homemade glow. From wax to wick to wrapping, The Candlemaker’s Companion is a definitive guide to modern candle making. Learn how to create rolled, poured, molded, and dipped candles; play with your favorite scents and colors; and use specialty techniques to design glowing luminaria, candle holders, and other gorgeous accessories. With illustrated directions, complete source lists, and plenty of practical advice, Betty Oppenheimer invites even the beginner candlemaker to get in on the action. Fill your house with the warm light and enticing fragrances that only candles can bring.
cavities. Weighting the wick and tying it to a dowel is the least technological way of centering a wick inside a container or mold. New developments to aid the candlemaker in this endeavor help stabilize both the top and the bottom of the wick. For instance, double-sided sticky tabs adhere to the inside of the container and hold the wick tab tightly, which prevents it from moving or floating during pouring. In addition, you can purchase a wick holder. This product is made of a piece of sheet
mold wall, with chunks of wax to push them outward. Pour wax into the mold, and you will have a candle with a surface of flowers or shells. In this case, you may want to pour wax of the same color as your chunks so the chunks will disappear into the solid color but your decorations won’t. This technique works best with a large-diameter candle. If you choose to use this technique on a small-diameter candle, be aware that the objects on the surface may become loose as the candle burns. You may need
sand or commercially purchased potting sand (for special effects, try fancy colored sand) ◆ Wick (cored or primed) ◆ Wax with a high melting point ◆ Color, as desired ◆ Scent, as desired ◆ Water CAUTION Do not leave the wax unattended when you are heating it directly on a stove or over a campfire. Monitor the temperature carefully. Wax is a fuel. It is very flammable, and should be treated with extreme care. Have baking soda, a damp cloth, a pot lid, and a fire extinguisher handy when you heat
and steadily. A second dip is not necessary but you may decide you want one to thicken the outside layer or for depth of color. 4. If you want a glossy finish, plunge the candle into cool water immediately. Creating Stripes To make a simple stripe design with overdipping, wrap pieces of masking tape around the places on a candle where you do not want a stripe. For example, if you have a plain white pillar that you want to stripe with dark blue, apply the tape everywhere you want to maintain the
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