Category Archives: candle molds

Jul
16

What are Jump Lines in Candles?


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We tried numerous times to recreate jump lines, however because of our flaming awesomeness, every candle was jump-line-less. So, we had to find a stock photo that best represents jump lines.

What are Jump Lines in Candles

Jump lines are the visible horizontal rings that occur on the sides of your candles.  These lines look like ridges and prevent your candle from having a smooth finish.  Ideally, to have a perfect candle pour, your candle wax will still be in a complete liquid state once it has been poured into your container/pillar.  This is the best shot you can give your candle to completely and uniformly cool naturally, therefore decreasing your chances of getting jump lines.  All candle wax has to conform to the sides of the container/pillar mold at the same rate of time.  This provides for the smooth finish of a candle.

In candle making when you are pouring the hot wax, it will begin to cool as soon as it hits the jar.  As this happens, you will visibly be able to see wax layers materialize.  If you do not pour quickly enough, the wax will naturally start to harden and stick to the wall of the container/ pillar mold.  Since the temperature of the jar stays consistent, there is no heat source to re-melt the wall portion, therefore showing each line of cooled wax aka jump lines. 

How do you prevent jump lines from occurring?

Jump lines can occur for several reasons, the first of which is intentionally.  Jump lines can also be created on purpose to give candles a textured look.  Since jump lines are an aesthetic thing, they do not have any kind of effect on the candles burn or scent throw. 

One of the first things as a preventative measure that you can do is pour your wax at the correct temperature.  You can do this by using a candy thermometer.  You may have to increase your pouring temperature to adjust for jump lines.  This is where testing and note taking will come into play.  As always, it is of the utmost importance for candle making that your jars and/or pillars are room temperature.  The second measure you can take is to heat your jars at the lowest setting on a cookie sheet in the oven for twenty minutes prior to filling them.

Another important factor in combating jump lines is your pouring rate.  Obviously, you do not want to pour fast, this will result in wax splashing everywhere.  And, adversely, you do not want to pour so slowly that you can actually see the jump lines establishing themselves in the candle.  Find your pouring medium.  If you are seeking a fool proof way to prevent jump lines from the pouring stage, try counting seconds or singing a lyric of a song.  These tricks will help you stay uniform with your pour.

How to correct jump lines?

Although all of the steps mentioned earlier are great ways to prevent jump lines, once they have occurred in your candles you really only have a one option.  Using a heat gun or hair dryer to heat the outside of the candle will remelt the outside layer of the wax, this will mask the jump lines from visible view, but once again, jump lines have no direct effect on a candle.

Jul
11

How to Work Candy to Your Advantage


This entry was posted in bath and body, bath products, business advice, candle fragrance oils, candle molds, Fragrance Oils, handmade soap, Natures Garden and tagged , , , , , , , , , , on by .
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Natures Garden’s Bogeyman Fragrance Oil is a great candy scent to add to your line. How sweet your products can be has never smelled to good!

How to Work Candy to Your Advantage

Earlier this year in April, I took a blind leap into technology by upgrading my flip phone to an Android.  I know; I am little behind the times.  However, after weighing the pros and cons of a dreaded touch screen phone, I thought it was a move that I could benefit greatly from.  Overall, the fact that pushed me into the purchase was that I could have a mini, hand held computer; an endless source of knowledge and entertainment; taking it anywhere and everywhere, and you mean to tell me it works as a cell phone too.  How could this ever be a bad thing?

Luckily for me, I did not have to discover all of the possibilities and capabilities of my Android flying solo.  My youngest sister who is only 20 years old gave me a phenomenal crash course in phone technology.  An android is so yesterday for her, she lives in the realm of iPhone and iPad; often functioning from both at the same time.  This however, is a little too much for me!

For the first several weeks with my Android, our bonding was so very special, I was in love and memorized.  Every free second I had, I was discovering new and wonderful things.  For the first time I was finding the wonderful world of apps.  These amazing little square buttons on my screen that allowed me access to all my favorite websites.  All at my beckoning call with a simple touch of a finger.  It was not too much longer before one of these apps became my demise.

Usually, I am not one of the followers.  But, I had heard about this addicting game on the radio, and seen several commercials on television for the same game “Candy Crush Saga”.  I was intrigued.  So, I took the next logical step, and downloaded the free app.

Once I had my little kiddies tucked tight into their beds, I hung up my mom hat and decided that I would see what all of the fuss is about.  During the first several levels, I couldn’t grasp what was so addicting about this simple little game.  Match 3 candies… I could do this in my sleep.  But, this is where the game gets you.  It is a very simple logical game that gets progressively harder using innocent little candies as a front.  As the levels and challenges increase you find yourself saying, “I can do this, I can beat these candies,” but in actuality, the levels are endless and your free time is not.

Candy Crush Saga has absorbed the vast majority of my “me time”.  I think about it, dream of the little candies, and crave the passing of just one more level.  I know that I am not the only one who has become an addict and this does provide me some comfort in the situation.  In fact, the Wall Street Journal reported some 15.4 million users a day for “Candy Crush Saga”, and those numbers really got me thinking.

The result, turn the proverbial sour lemon candy into sweet delicious candy.  With 15.4 million users a day, candy is running through many consumers’ heads… so why not give the people what they want.

Here are some spectacularly sweet candy themed fragrance oils and items available at Natures Garden.  Use these fragrance oils and to sweeten the scent of your bath products, or maybe add some sweet embeds to your candles and soaps.  Just take the idea and run with it!

Black Licorice Fragrance Oil

Blue Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil

Bogeyman Fragrance Oil

Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil

Bubblegum Fragrance Oil

Candied Apple Fragrance Oil

Candy Cane Fragrance Oil

Candy Corn Fragrance Oil

Cane Sugar Cookie Fragrance Oil

Caramel Fragrance Oil

Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil

Doodle Bug Fragrance Oil

Dreamsickle Fragrance Oil

Elf Sweat Fragrance Oil

Fluffy Pink Candy Fragrance Oil

Goodie Goodie Gumdrops Fragrance Oil

Green Apple Candy Fragrance Oil

Jelly Bean Fragrance Oil

Monkey Farts Fragrance Oil

Sea Salt Caramels Fragrance Oil

Sour Watermelon Candy Fragrance Oil

Toffee Apple Crunch Fragrance Oil

Tooth Fairy Taffy Fragrance Oil

Tricks or Treats Fragrance Oil

Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil

Embed Mold- Swirl Wafers

Silicone Soap Molds- 24 Retro Flowers

 

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

 

Jun
25

What is a Memory Burn in Candles


This entry was posted in candle making, candle molds, candle wax, candle wicking, Fragrance Oils, how to do a memory burn, Natures Garden and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , on by .

memory burnWhat is a Memory Burn in Candles

The most crucial burn to your new candle is its first one.  This is what is known as a memory burn.  The initial burn is the one that is most vital to a complete melt pool.  And, even more importantly a memory burn in the candle is the one that sets the boundaries and scent throw for every burn after that.

Preparing for your Memory Burn

Never leave a burning candle unattended.  A good rule of thumb to prepare for your memory burn is to know the diameter of your candle.  For every inch in diameter that your candle is wide, you need to gauge one hour of burn time.  So, if your candle is 3 inches wide; you need to be able to burn your candle the first time for at least 3 hours.  So, for the memory burn, it is important to start it when you know that you will be able to keep an eye on it for the allotted time necessary.

Although lighting candles definitely adds to the ambiance of a room, certain precautions do need to be in place for the open flame of a candle.  Never burn a candle where small children or pets are within reach.  The wax of a melting candle is very hot and can cause severe burns.

Before you light your candle, make sure that the wick is no longer than ¼” high.  Be careful not to cut your wick too low, this is a sure fire way to drown your wick out in the melted wax.  This is a key tip to remember each time that you light your candle.  Recalling this simple step each time will lessen the amount of soot and smoking from your candle.

Always keep your candle free of wick trimmings, matches, and any other debris.  Any of these items could be flammable.  Hello Fire Department!

Why a Memory Burn is Important

All candle waxes retain a memory.  In order to have a full melt pool, where liquid wax is touching every side of the container, the candle has to have a memory of that.  If the first time you burn a 4” wide candle, and only get a 2 inch wide melt pool before you extinguish the candle, you have already inhibited your candle.  If you prevent the full memory burn from occurring the result is never being able to achieve a clean, full melt pool all the way down to the bottom.  The melt pool will follow the boundaries already established from the memory burn and will only ever reach 2 inches wide.

Besides getting the most out of your candle time with a full memory burn, there is another reason why memory burns are so important.  With a full melt pool on your candle, you will notice a stronger scent throw from your candle.

May
11

Increasing Income with Candle Making


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fragrance oils1. What’s your name & Your Company Name:     Candles By Sheila

2. Why did you decide to go into business? I was having fun making candles for my friends. What was your motivation?  My friends said I need to start selling them. They were the nicest ones they had in a long time.  How long have you been in business? I started selling them about 5 years ago.

3. What products do you make and sell? I make a half of a coconut shell. I also make a spiral pillar and a square pillar one.

4. What are your business goals? Since I have retired I would like to increase my income and have something that my family could keep doing.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?   I only use the fragrances oils for my candles from your company. My wax, wicks and colors also come from you.  It would have to be the Joy wax.

Facebook page: Sheila Holland

Apr
23

Wax Dipped Everything


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fragrance oils1. What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Pennie’s Country Scents

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?  I was always playing with candle making then my husband bought me some candle making supplies for Christmas back in 2002 I believe it was. My playing kinda exploded from there and in 2004 I started taking my candles to craft shows. I have been in business for going on 9 years.

3. What products do you make and sell?   I make all kinds of candles and wax dipped items (bears, toilet paper, snowmen and whatever else I find) 🙂

4. What are your business goals?  My goal is to start selling more and more on line.  I am doing really well at shows.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden? Almost all my fragrance oils that I use for my candles come from Natures Garden. Also lots of odds and ends caution label’s, molds, color blocks.  My favorite item ( that is hard you have so many oils that are wonderful); but I guess I would have to say right now it is Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.

Your Website: www.penniescountryscents.etsy.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pennies-Country-Scents/267870856965

Twitter: https://twitter.com/penniesscents

Apr
14

Candles and Tealights with Fragrance


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fragrance oil1. What’s your name & Your Company Name: Linda Rice  www.lynnscandles.com

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business? I love making candles, started making candles back in the 80’s for family and friends and one day thought why not try and sell them! Everyone was always telling me how good my candles smell and last long hours so I put them on Ebay and they started selling, then I made my own web site and it’s been great!  That’s how I make my living;  been going strong for 5 years now.

3. What products do you make and sell? I make tealights/tarts/votives, pillars/leave shape candles and other shapes a lot of Halloween shapes/ Easter eggs/ jar candles 12 oz/16 oz / 18 oz/ 22 oz and layered candles/zebra candles/ tealights are the big seller right now.

4. What are your business goals? To try and make my business grow, make a name for myself to keep making my candles better for my buyers.  I am happy if my buyers are happy.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden? I just love your scents they are the best and the strongest!  Your colors are good (tried them all), your candle molds, your wicks love them all!

Your Website: www.lynnscandles.com

twitter:   https://twitter.com/LTIGER698

Apr
05

Candle Making and Soap Making


This entry was posted in bath and body, candle fragrance oils, candle making supplies, candle molds, candle wicking, Natures Garden Fragrance Oils, Soap making supplies and tagged , , , , , , , , , on by .

fragrance-oils-6 1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Valerie Ann King, Sea Maiden’s Creations

 2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  In 2001 my husband and I lived in Upstate NY where I was born and raised. That summer we had decided to take a much-needed, long weekend to the Amish country in Pennsylvania, the beautiful state where my husband was born and raised. We went to a Country Candle store where in the basement we watched Amish women make taper candles using large vats of melted wax and other equipment. I was fascinated. What was just as appealing were the grubby style molded candles on the first floor. I spent a small fortune. That was the beginning of my obsession. When we came home, before even unpacking, I got on my computer to search and research candle making. The Very first site to come up in my Google search was Natures Gardens Candle Supply, where I placed my first order. The very first thing I ordered was the votive making kit and fragrance oils samples. My first love was molded candles. What was your motivation? My love for crafting, the Amish trip and Natures Garden. At the time, NG had a forum and it was amazing to be a part of. Tons of information to be had. I quickly branched out to learn mp and cp soap making and also I have my own line of silicone molds, as during that time of researching decided to start making them as well. At this time I concentrate on CP soap, but love making it all!! My passion for crafting comes from generations of crafters in my family. How long have you been in business? Since Oct. 2001. My husband made my very first website featuring all of my creations. It was and still is very exciting!

3.  What products do you make and sell? I make and sell CP soap, MP soap, Soy Container candles, and Paraffin Pillar candles, and Melts. I adore piping cold process soap, so I offer a lot of cupcake soaps, cake soaps, and loaf soaps. I make anything from the plainest unscented lard and castile soap to very elegant cakes. I will be wholesaling all of my products very soon!

4.  What are your business goals? My business goals are to of course, just keep growing. It’s not easy as the candle and soap making markets are saturated from when I started in 2001. But when there is a will, a passion and love for it, there is a way! Although, my website does not reflect all that I do at this time, because I haven’t the time to update it as much as I should, I am always testing for as close to perfection as I can get with every attention to detail.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden? I use a ton of their fragrance oils. I have too many to list that are my favorites and the list keeps growing. Because we live in Florida, I take advantage of the wonderful FO’s, soaping oils, powders, molds, wicking, packaging and the list is always growing, as they continue to grow. They were my first supplier and I will always be a customer!

Your Website:  www.seamaidenscreations.com

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sea-Maidens-Creations/148235281936128

Twitter:  In process.

Blog:  http://seamaidenscreations.blogspot.com/

 

Apr
04

Sisters of Soy Wax Candles


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candle making supplies1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  We are sisters Peggy Petryshyn and Marlo Costescu.  Our company is Bluebell Soy Candles Inc.

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  When Marlo’s husband died suddenly, she needed a hobby to focus on to help her in her grieving process.  That is how Bluebell Soy Candles came about.  We have been in business since July of 2012.  We’re into all natural, healthy things so the idea of all natural candles was very appealing to us.  After doing research on the various types of waxes, we  decided we should make our own natural soy candles and tarts.  We light a soy candle every day to send a message to Danny that we love him and really miss him and think of him every day. 

3.  What products do you make and sell?  We make tea lights, chunk votives and wax tarts from 100% natural soy wax.  We also do custom orders so if you want jar candles, we can do those as well.  Our latest idea is making wedding favors with a tea light or tart wrapped in beautiful netting.  A custom made thank you note from the bride and groom can also be attached to each candle.

4.  What are your business goals?  Our goals are to increase our online presence and get more sales from our Etsy store and our Facebook store.  We really love making candles so it’s imperative that we increase our sales so we can continue doing what we love.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  We absolutely love the fragrance oils from Nature’s Garden.  Some of our favorites are Lavender, Black Raspberry Vanilla, Egyptian Musk, Ginger Peach and the Cherry is fabulous!   Fragrances from other companies do not compare!  We also buy wicks, tea light cups, molds – whatever we need to create our wonderful candles.

Your Website:  www.bluebellsoycandles.etsy.comfragrance oils

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/bluebellsoycandles

Blog: www.bluebellsoycandles.blogspot.ca

Mar
27

Scented Homemade Candles


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1. My name is Jennifer Peake, and my business is Scented Sensations.

2. I decided to turn my hobby into a business because I needed to make some extra money on the side to pay for a few things that had come up. I realized I might be able to take it further than just making candles and selling them on eBay so I had a friend help me make a website and set it up so people could purchase from my site. I have been in business for one year.

3. I make and sell candles. I make votives (round and square), pillar candles, glass jar candles (heart and star shaped glass and also Mason jars) and tart melts in fun shapes, such as puppy paw prints, hearts, roses and flip flop sandals.

4. My business goals are to expand a little bit more than I have so far. I have a full time job and I make candles as my “second job.” But I would love for it to become a steady income. I also would like to start selling accessories for candles, such as candleholders, plates, sconces, etc. But I need to find a source of getting those products, either through a vendor or wholesale. heart and star candles

5. The products I have used from Nature’s Garden have been mainly the fragrance oils and candle wicks for my candles, but I have also purchased and used candle molds as well. I really enjoy the fragrances you have and so do my customers!

My website is www.scentedsensationsplus.com

Mar
27

Candles scented with Essential Oils


This entry was posted in candle molds, essential oils, Fragrance Oils, homemade candles, palm wax candles, wholesale fragrance oils and tagged , , , , , , , , on by .

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1. What’s your name & Your Company Name:   My name is Rev. Amanda Darlage.  My company name is Mystic Paths.

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?  I went into business for several reasons.  One, I wanted something that was mine, that I could grow and would give me pride.  Two, there are no shops where I live that offered these products where I live, and the nearest ones were an hour away but mostly sold mass produced (and often tacky) goods.  I was looking for authentic, hand-made items, not a bunch of resin-cast items with a weird predilection for putting skulls everywhere, or other things that conform to stereotypes.  Three, I wanted a way to meet other like-minded individuals, as many where I live are still largely underground because of the conservative nature of the town.  Four, I wanted to put my education to work.  I hold an associate’s degree in business and another in accounting.  I did not have the capital to open a store but was offered the online store at a decent price. I also run booths at local events and have been in business for four years.

3. What products do you make and sell?  A majority of the items I craft are the palm wax candles.  I use essential oils for the scents instead of fragrances.  I also put together different kinds of herbal kits and perform services, such as weddings & handfastings.  I sell a variety of products, including gemstones, jewelry, home decor, and much more.  I try to stay away from mass produced items; however, will order just about anything a customer wants.  My favorites are the handmade products.

4. What are your business goals?   One of my goals is to have as much of what I sell handcrafted and as little as possible manufactured by corporations.  Currently, one of my biggest goals is to find an artist who can forge unique athames at an affordable price, something simple and true. Another of my goals is to eventually open a brick-and-mortar store where people can come in and meet.  It wouldn’t just be a store, but a place of meeting, a place of learning and practice, a place where workshops can be held, or simply discussions over a cup of tea or coffee.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  The products I use are mostly the essential oils and candle molds. I will use the fragrance oils upon request i.e. food scents.

Your Website: www.mysticpaths.net

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MysticPaths

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Mystic_Paths