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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
06

Where can I buy Candle Making Supplies

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Where can I buy candle making supplies?

 

Where can I buy candle making supplies?

Have you been asking yourself this question?  Well, we have the answer:  Natures Garden Candle Making Supplies!  Natures Garden has supplied the candle making market with ingredients to make candles for 13+ years; both hobbyists and small business owners.  We offer an array of candle waxes including soy wax, palm wax, paraffin wax, parasoy wax, and gel wax.  We offer a fabulously, vivid line of candle colorants in the form of liquid candle dyes and color blocks.  Wicks…you say you need candle wicks?  We not only carry a wide variety of candle wicks, we also provide candle wick sampler packs that allow you to test wicks at a very low price.  Candle additives such as vybar, stearic acid, and UV light protector, we carry those too.

What Natures Garden is truly known for is our candle fragrances!  We offer 800+ fragrance oils for making candles, and our list just keeps on growing and growing.  In fact, in 2012, we were voted the Favorite Fragrance Oil Supplier by candle makers and soap makers.  Our quality is exceptional.  Our prices are very reasonable.  Our service is impeccable.

So, give Natures Garden candle supplies a try!  More than 100,000 customers worldwide have answered the question:  Where can I buy candle making supplies by responding:  Natures Garden.

Jun
27

Can You Use Crayons to Color Candles

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In order for your candles to achieve the most vibrant colors or pleasing pastels possible, a candle dye or candle colorant must be used. Using other forms of colorant may result in an nonfunctional candle.

Can you use crayons to color candles?

Although, staring at a beautiful stack of wonderfully vibrant crayons, we can understand why there would be an urge to use crayons as a colorant for candles.  I mean, let’s look at what a crayon is…a stick of colored wax, right?  Logically, they should work.  However, this is absolutely not the case.

You should never use crayons to color your candles.  The reasoning behind this is the actual colorant of the crayon.  These colors are achieved with the use of pigments, and pigments unfortunately are not soluble.  What this means is that when a crayon is melted, the color of the crayon breaks down into small pigment particles that exist in a dispersed manner among the melted wax.  These pigments appear as if they had changed the color of the wax; like candle dyes do because dyes dissolve into the candle wax, but remember the pigments are simply dispersed.

Now, due to the way that a wick works in candles, there must be a melt pool apparent to keep a candle flame going.  As the wick continues to burn, the melted wax from the wet pool is pulled through the wick.  This is how the fragrance (or hot scent throw) of the candle is released into the air.  The problem that coloring with crayons in candles presents is that since the pigments and the wax never combine, the pigments are also pulled up through the wick.  But, these pigments will not, unlike the melted wax, flow properly through the wick.  These pigments will in fact clog your wick.

The results of a clogged wick prevent your candles from burning properly, inhibit your candles hot scent throw, and will even cause your candles to smoke.

So, in summary no matter how tempting that box of 64 crayons look, never use crayons to color your candles. You will want to stick with dyes specifically formulated for candle making;  Natures Garden offers liquid candle dyes and color block dyes in an array of vibrant colors.

Jun
05

For the Love of Candles and Scents

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Fragrance OilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Melissa Love and my company name is Scandalicious Candle Melts.

I love candles and I just got tired of the same old candle in the jar that you would find at local stores. I wanted candles that not only look different, but they also have to smell awesome. It wasn’t until the summer of last year that I started my research into creating my own candles and I did just that. I started making my own and giving some away to friends and co-worker as a gift. I had such a positive feedback that I decided to turn my love of candles making into a business. So finally in December of 2012, I open my Etsy store. In addition to my online store, I have my products in 3 boutiques and I am a member of the Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs.

I make fun shaped candles tarts and free-standing Shape Candles.

My goal is to have my own store and to have my products in as many homes and offices as possible.

I know with Nature Garden’s awesome products and their fabulous high quality fragrance oils, I will accomplish my goal.

Your Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ScandaliciousCandle

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

Twitter: @candliciousmelt

Blog: http://scandaliciouscandlemelt.blogspot.com

May
28

Candle Starter Kit Starts It All

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Fragrance OilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name: Just my Scent Homemade Soy Candles, Tarts & More

In 2008 I needed Christmas gifts for my family members , so I ordered a starter candle kit. After giving them as gifts others around my candles enjoyed them so much they asked if I could make more. I now have my candles in 3 locations including the local farmers market. I have been asked to be the candle supplier for a new farmers market opening soon. I do local craft shows, fundraisers and have a yearly fall open house at my home.  I have been overwhelmed with the turn out of the open house. Everyone always looks forward to it in November. Next month I am having my very first Candle/Tart party where I will have cash & carry items, and will take orders. I will also be booking future parties with great gifts to the hostess. I sell Candles in jars, crocks and an apple shape jar, I live in apple country and our local high school’s mascot is an apple. The apple jar is only filled with apple scents to go with the theme. I also make tarts, I have them at a local hair salon and they are flying off the rack. I owe a lot of my success to Nature’s Garden for their wonderful products. I receive so many compliments on the scents that I use and they all come from Nature’s Garden. I recently visited my daughter who lives in another state and took her a starter kit and now she has her own business of Soy Melts using all Nature’s Garden supplies. Her first few weeks she sold over $400.00 in Soy Melts to neighbors and co workers, she is excited to do her first home party. Thank You Nature’s Garden for helping my daughter and me with our business, we love it!

Red Delicious Apple, Red Hot Cinnamon, Apple Cinnamon and Black Raspberry Vanilla

Your Website: justmyscent.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JustmyScent

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustmyScent

May
17

Candles and Wax Dipped Critters

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fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Creatively Handcrafted

Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I started candle making over 12 years ago as just a hobby.  I love candles and wanted to give it a try.  I enjoyed making candles, however, life got in the way & I ending up taking a hiatus for about 5 years.  Only making candles for certain people.  I recently restarted with a whole new look, new name and all new candles.

What products do you make and sell?  I make all types of candles as well as wax dipped critters.  Recently I have tried my hand at some soap making & bath melts.  Thanks to Natures Garden for the recipes and ideas to try.

What are your business goals?  My new goals are to build my business with regular repeat customers.  I want to provide a quality product that people can enjoy just as much as I did when I created it.  I am currently working full time trying to get my business restarted.

What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I always get my fragrances from Natures Garden.  I find that they are reasonably priced and always excellent quality.  I recently purchased items for bath melts.  I would have never even thought of trying to make anything else but with the recipes it seemed too easy not to try.  I can’t say that I have a favorite because I have not received anything I didn’t like.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CreativelyHandcrafted?ref=hlcandle making supplies

May
16

Wax Melts and Bath Products

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fragrance oils1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Ashley Thompson  Thompson Traditions

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I decided to go into business after years of teaching preschool.  I came across candle and soap making while finding crafting projects for the children and I got hooked.  I have been in business for 7 years and did nothing but research and test for 2 years prior.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make and sell a range of bath and body items, air and carpet fresheners, and a variety of wax melts and candles.

4.  What are your business goals?  I strive to have not just great products that people can truly enjoy but great customer service as well.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  Some of the products I use from Nature’s Garden are their waxes and fragrance oils; both of which are constant must haves for me. Nature’s Garden is my “go to” supplier and always will be! I love Natures Garden fragrance oils; they are awesome quality fragrance oils and they carry a large variety.  My current favorite is Frozen Margarita (in fragrance and flavor oil)!

Your Website:  www.thompsontraditions.com

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thompson-Traditions/110063969987?ref=hl

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ThompTraditions

Mar
26

Sweet Smelling Candy Mt. Candles

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1. My name is Allison Cole. My company name is Candy Mountain Candles.
I live near the smoky mountains and I love that song “On the big rock candy mountain.” I thought it would be a neat name for my shop.

2. I have been in business since the summer of 2012. I decided to go into business because I have always had a huge interest in candles. I researched how to make them from the Nature’s Garden online classes and it is a great stress reliever for me. I work in mental healthcare and making candles for people is my form of therapy!

3. I make soy blend mason jar candles. I use an 8 oz. or 16 oz. mason jar. I also make tarts, tealights, votives and aroma beads. candy fluff candle

4. My goal is to increase my sales on Etsy and increase my social networking base- I would like to have more fans on my Facebook page. I would also like to start selling at my local farmer’s market. My long term goal is to be able to make candles full time. I really love it.

5. I use all of my candle ingredients from Nature’s Garden except the jars. I love the Joy Wax and I use that for everything but my tarts and votives- for those I use Pillar of Bliss Wax.  I really love all of Nature’s Garden scents- some of my favorites are Aphrodisiac, Yuzu and ALL of the Lush dupes!!

www.candymountaincandles.etsy.com

www.facebook.com/candymountaincandles