Posts Tagged ‘candles’

Granulated Wax Candles

Monday, January 20th, 2014

rainbow candleGranulated Wax Candles

Although most candle makers melt down wax to make their candles, it is possible to create wax art candles if you have granulated wax at your disposal.  Since no heating is involved in the candle making process, this can be a fun project that you can do with your kids.  The sky is the limit as to how creative you can be.  You can used multiple colors, layer the wax, and even create artwork pictures on the inside of your candle jars.  How about scenting each layer a different scent?  You can do that too.  How fun is that!

Natures Garden offers two different kinds of granulated waxes that you can use to make granulated wax candles:  Pillar of Bliss wax and Palm Container wax.  The kind of colorant that you want to use is Spectrum Candle Dyes (you never want to use water soluble dyes or any types of pigments when making these candles).  hydrangea candle

How to Make Wax Art Candles

1.  Obtain a 16 oz. apothecary jar or any other candle safe glass jar that you desire to use.

2.  Using a hot glue gun, place a small amount of hot glue on the wick tabs of  (2)  CD-12 wicks and adhere wicks to the bottom of your jar (equally spaced apart).  Set aside.

3.  Decide how many colors you want to use in your candle.  Scoop about 1/2 cup of granulated wax of your choice into a zip lock bag.  Add a drop of spectrum candle dye to the bag and mix wax well.  Typically, a 16 oz. apothecary jar will hold a total of (6) 1/2 cups of granulated wax, so it is possible to use 6 different colors in your jar.

4.  Move on to your next color.  Do the same as mentioned above until you have a total of 3 cups of colored granulated wax.

5.  A 16 oz. apothecary jar can handle a total of 1.5oz. of fragrance.  Going above this amount will likely create a fire hazard.  So, at this point, add a little fragrance to each bag of colored wax and mix until you have added a total of 1 to 1.5 oz. of fragrance total.

6.  Add your colored and scented wax to your candle jars.  You can layer the wax any way that you desire.  Fill the jar with your granulated wax.

7.  Once you are done, trim your wicks to 1/2″ for your first burn.  Keep wicks at 1/4″ for future burns.  Enjoy!!

For more candle recipes, visit this page on our website. 

Beer Candle Recipe

Friday, September 20th, 2013

an NG originalThe Natures Garden’s staff is at it again.  This week, Zack made a realistic beer candle; foam and all!  Would you look at the froth on that beer!  It is even frothing over the side.  This project involved working with gel wax for the beer, and whipped soy wax for the froth.  Zack looks oh so proud to be posing with his creation.  He said he is going to take it home and show all of his friends.

Zack has worked in the fragrance department of Natures Garden for a very very long time!  You could say Zack himself is an “NG Original”.  Zack says the beer scent is so realistic he just cannot believe it, and he has downed a beer or two in his time, so this is coming from a professional.  beer candle

Zack plays on a soccer team two nights a week.   He has real passion for the game of soccer, and has been playing the game since he was a young boy.  I asked Zack what else he does in his spare time, and Zack just laughed.

Zack is an exceptional staff member, rarely missing work, always in an upbeat, humorous, playful mood, and has a fine-tuned fragrance nose!  Hang out with Zack for just a few minutes and you are laughing your butt off!  Click here to see the Beer Candle Recipe that Zack created. 

Zack’s life motto is:  “Have Fun”.

Smores Candle Recipe

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

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Smores Candle Recipe brought to you by Lynn of Natures Garden

As many of you know, we are currently having a Natures Garden’s staff challenge.  Our staff members are challenged to choose some of their favorite fragrances and create a product with them. smores-candle-big This challenge allows staff members to have hands-on experience with our products, and it has the potential to provide inspirational ideas for our customers.  WIN-WIN!

Lynn has been with Natures Garden many years, and she has years of experience making candles.  In her spare time, she sells her finished candles at craft bazaars.  Lynn said that she is always trying to come up with new and exciting candles to sell at bazaars.  She came up with the smores candle idea, and I was excited to see the end result.  She nailed it!  Her candles made we want to make real smores to eat!

For those of you who do not know Lynn, she is hard-working, creative, and she said that her motto in life is:  “Live life to its fullest” and “Never give up on your dreams”.  We are quite honored to have her as part of our staff.  Thank you Lynn!

For complete instructions on how to make Lynn’s Smores Candle, please click here.

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Hydrangea Candle Butterfly Tarts

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

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Hydrangea Candle with Butterfly Wax Tarts

We are having a staff challenge at Natures Garden where we have asked each staff member to choose one of their favorite Natures Garden fragrance oils and create a project pertaining to that fragrance.  Staff members are encouraged to be as creative as possible, using the knowledge they have learned while working at Natures Garden.  This week’s staff challenge was done by Crystal!  Crystal has only worked at Natures Garden for 1 month, and we were blown away by the creativity she used when creating her Hydrangea Candle with butterfly wax tarts.hydragnea candle

Crystal loves floral scents, she loves the colors blue and purple, and she loves butterflies.  Her project depicts a contemporary spin on the various colors found in a hydrangea bush.  She made the candle come alive by adding butterfly tarts.  Very creative, and like nothing we have seen before.  To make the candle, she used Natures Garden’s Pillar of Bliss wax that comes in granulated form.  She melted the very same wax to create her butterfly tarts.  For full instructions on how to make Crystal’s Project, please visit this page.

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How much candle wax do I need to fill my jars?

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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How much candle wax do I need to fill my jars? 

One of the most frequent questions we are asked by new candle makers is:  How much candle wax will I need to fill my jars?  And, the solution is really simple to find out with this equation.

Basically, you will find that 1 pound (by weight) of candle wax will equal 20 ounces (in volume) when pouring into containers or molds.  With this knowledge, you can use simple math to figure out how much candle wax you will need to fill your containers or molds.

Take for example that you are making 6 oz. hexagon container candles for a wedding.  For this order, you have to make a total of 200 wedding candles.  The question you are asking yourself is, “how much candle wax will you need to fill all 200- 6oz. jars”?  Here is the equation to figure it out:  Take 200 x 6 to come up with your total weighted ounces.  For this example, the answer is equal to 1200 ounces.  Now, you must divide your total weighted ounces (1200 ounces) by 20 (volume ounces) to find out the total pounds of wax you will need for your wedding (60 pounds of wax).

Let’s try one more example since the 16oz. jar size is one of the most popular sized jars that candle makers sell.  Now, you want to make 24 candles, all of which will be poured into 16 oz. jars.  This equation would compute to:  24 (the amount you have to make) x 16 (the ounce size of the jar)= 384 (the total number of ounces).  Now take 384 and divide this by 20 (the volume) and the answer you get is 19.2 pounds of wax (thus you should likely get 20 pounds of wax to cover yourself.

Remember the equation:  Number of Candles you want to make  (multiplied by)  Volume of your containers  (divided by)  20 = Total number of pounds of wax you will need to do your project.

We hope that this simple equation will help you figure out how much wax you will need in the future.

Happy Candle Making!

Deborah of Natures Garden

Where can I buy Candle Making Supplies

Saturday, July 6th, 2013
where can I buy candle making supplies

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.

My Candles Have No Scent Throw

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

scent throw candlesWhy do I Have No Scent Throw in My Candles?

If there is one thing that candles are known for is their scent.  In fact, the majority of candle sales are based on the scent given off from the candle.  This is true for both first time sales as well as repeat customers.  When a candle has never been lit, the aromatic aroma that the wax gives off is called the cold scent throw.  Adversely, when the wick of the candle is lit, the fragrant smell that is released from the candle is called the hot scent throw.  Both the hot and cold scent throw are very important to candles.

Obviously, when it comes to scent issues, your first thought is to turn to the fragrance oil used.  However, as long as you are purchasing your candle making supplies from a reputable company, the fragrance oil that you use is not the culprit.  There are actually several different things that can inhibit your scent throw.

Soy Wax- If you have been in the candle making market long enough, you already know that soy wax is considered to be one of the hardest of the waxes to attain a good scent throw from.  On the molecular level of how soy wax is structured, there are many different types of chemical bonds.  These chemical bonds trap the fragrance oil instead of allowing the fragrance oil to be readily evaporated (like paraffin wax allows).  Many people suggest that when using soy wax to make it a blend with Paraffin. This is referred to as a para-soy blend.  There are a variety of different para-soy blends on the market.  If you would like to blend your own para-soy blend, massive testing is involved to find the perfect candle you are seeking.  However, Natures Garden offers one of the best para-soy blends on the market.  Using Joy Wax as your candle wax will allow you the best of both worlds; clean burning candles with amazing scent throw both hot and cold, without having to recreate the wax wheel.

Wick- Soy wax requires a hotter burning wick.  This is because of the chemical bonds.  These chemical bonds take more heat to break them down.  To solve this dilemma, increase your wick size.  This will ensure that your candle wick is doing its proper job of breaking down the chemical bonds, allowing the trapped fragrance oil to become volatile and release the scent into the air.  No matter what type of wax you are using, always make sure that your wick size is large enough to provide ample hot scent throw, but not too large to create a fire hazard.

Candle Colorant- You must remember when crafting your candles, use precaution when adding any colorant.  When you add too much colorant to your wax, you risk both clogging your wick, as well as, affecting the overall scent of the candle.  Specific candle dyes formulated for candle making should be used when making candles.  Never use pigments to color the interior of your candles; pigments should be used only for dipping the exterior of candles.

Vybar-  Yes, it is true that the addition of this candle additive will increase your candles scent throw.  However, adding too much vybar to your candle wax will inhibit your candle throw as well.  The proper amount of vybar to add per pound of wax is ¼ tsp to ½ tsp.

Temperature-  Depending on the flashpoint of the fragrance oil being used, adding your fragrance oil at too high of a melted wax temperature will directly affect your scent throw of the finished candle.  It is completely possible to burn off the majority of your fragrance oil before it even has a chance to be a candle, when the fragrance oil is added at too hot of a temperature.

Cure Time-  Cure time is one key step to ensuring a wonderfully strong scent to your candles.  You want to allow ample time for your wax and your fragrance to bind together.  You truly want these two components to be integrated into each other.   At the minimum, cure time with candles is 3-4 days.

Fragrance Oils-  When making candles, make sure that the fragrance oils you are using were formulated for candle making.  You never want to use a fragrance oil that has been diluted with diluents like DPG (di propylene glycol).  DPG will directly affect the strength of your fragrance, and will inhibit the ability of your candle to burn.  On the other hand, some essential oils will need to have diluents added to them to allow them to travel up the wick and release scent (but never use DPG as your diluent in candles).  Natures Garden was voted the #1 Favorite Fragrance Oil Supplier by candle makers and soap makers in 2012 due to the quality of our fragrance oils.  With 16 years of expertise in the fragrance oil market, you can rely on Natures Garden to provide you with the finest, most unique fragrances.

What is a Memory Burn in Candles

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

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.

Soy Wax Melts using NG Fragrance Oils

Monday, June 10th, 2013

candle meltsMy name is Vanessa Paris and I’m the owner of “My Candle Box”.

Hi, my name is Vanessa and I’m responsible for “My Candle Box”. I’ve been open since May 2012 and I enjoy making candles, clamshells, and tarts. The waxes I use are soy and para-soy wax. Making wax goodies brings a smile to my face. Besides making wax goodies for family and friends, I also make them for myself as well. My little hobby has lead me to make a shop on Craft Cafe. I hope you get to experience my soy and para-soy goodies and enjoy them as much as I do.

I have displayed a picture of my Soy Drizzle Melts which includes the following fragrance oils from Natures Garden:  Apple Explosion: McIntosh and Green Apple Explosion (Pink), Sweet Orange Chili Pepper (Orange), and Blueberry Cobbler (Blue).

Your Website: http://craftcafe.co/shop/mycandlebox/

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

Soy Candles Never Smelled So Good

Monday, June 10th, 2013

soy candle makingHi! I’m Claire, of Simple Sun Candles.

One of my favorite things is the relaxing ambiance a few lit candles in the evening create. Also, the warm and welcoming scent of a candle burning really means ‘home’ and also ‘comfort’ to me. Simple Sun Candles was started with the intent of offering eco-friendly, natural soy candles in a range of fragrances, with a simple and classic design. As someone who delights in the warm, welcoming glow and fragrance of a candle, I was looking for something that would easily blend in to any décor but also featured pleasing scents. However, I could not find exactly what I wanted in stores. After reading quite a bit about candle-making, I decided to begin making my own. I quickly fell in love with the relaxing melting, pouring and cooling process (and not to mention, how amazing my home smells). The name, Simple Sun Candles stems from my desire to keep things simple in life, cutting back on clutter, stress, and being more cognizant of the environment, which is reflected in my use of 100% soy wax, no dyes, and phthalate-free fragrance oils of the highest quality (from Nature’s Garden, of course).

All of my candles are hand-poured with care, at the optimal temperature for the ideal scent throw (after lots of research, and trial-and error!). I selected cotton wicks for my candles for a clean burn, and offer single-, two- and three-wick candles. I enjoy experimenting with new fragrances and products, such as adding soy wax melts to my shop. I am interested in trying out palm wax and pillar molds soon, and possibly dyes and layered candles for holidays.

This hobby/small-business venture has really been a rewarding experience. Having only opened my on-line shop in October 2012, I have already been able to contribute to community fundraisers and love hearing feedback from happy customers. I look forward to many years of creating candles and experimenting with different designs, fragrances, and methods.

In the picture on this blog, I used Natures Garden’s Caribbean Fragrance Oil, Golden Foods 464 Soy Wax, and HTP-73 Wicks (all from Natures Garden).

 

Website: http://SimpleSunCandles.etsy.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/simplesuncandles

Pinterest Page: http://pinterest.com/inmylife1027/simple-sun-candles/