Super Cool Candle Projects
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Super Cool Candle Projects

"Here's a few candles that we made that were absolute hits with our customers!"

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Triple Layer Candles

Triple layer candles are three different fragrances in three different colors all in one jar!  They are SUPER SELLERS!

How to Make Triple-Layer Candles

  1. Line up ( 9) - 16oz. apothecary jars on your bench.

  2. Melt 4 lbs. of single-pour wax.  Add 3/4 cup of Crisco shortening to your melted wax and allow it to melt.  DO NOT ADD VYBAR to your wax or the wax will come away from the sides of the jar....and you will end up having very ugly candles!  
    Note:  If you are using Joy Wax, you do not have to add anything to joy wax to make these candles. 

  3. Add your desired coloring and allow it to melt thoroughly.

  4. Add 1/2- 2/3 cup fragrance oil and give it a good stir.  Pour at about 150F.

  5. CAREFULLY- pour wax mixture into each jar, pouring until the jar is only  1/3 of the way full.  Be careful not to drip or splatter the wax or the imperfections will show up in your finished product.

  6. Allow this layer to form about 1/4" cloudy film on the bottom of the jars.  Then quickly take your 5" wicks and straighten them and place (2) 5" wicks  into your jars.  We use 2 wicks so that the candle burns evenly all of the way down.  Make sure that your wicks are not too close to each other, but also not too close to the sides of the jars.

  7. Allow this layer to set up for at least 2 hours.  If you allow the layers to set up for long periods of time, the wax may come away from the sides of the jar and the second layer you pour will end up going behind this layer....creating ugly candles.  If you happen to allow your layers to set up too long, place the candles in the oven on 200F until the layer begins to melt on top....this should take about 8 minutes.  Then allow the layer to cool off for at least an hour before pouring your next layer.  If you pour your next layer too quickly, the coloring from the previous layer will discolor the new layer.  TIMING IS EVERYTHING!

  8. Pour your second layer the same way.....and your third layer.

  9. Straighten your wicks when pouring each layer!

     You can use these candles for fundraisers!  Just find out the school colors and ask them which three fragrances they would like to choose, then make a label for all of your candles that has the school logo on it! 

Chunky Votives

When we made candles, one of the biggest pains in the tush was the dreaded  re-pour on votives.  When we hired employees to make the candles for us, the labor hours involved with making regular votives made them almost non-profitable. response to that we came up with a very unique votive that does not require a repour....and better yet....a votive unlike anyone that I had seen on the market.  We called them Chunky votives!  I do not have a photo of this product, as we threw all of our old catalogs away, but I'm sure all of you have seen a chunk container candle?!?  These sold like hot cakes for us!

This is how you make the Chunky votives:

  1. Make your chunks -  Take a non-stick jelly roll pan (you can get these for dirt cheap at flea markets!)  Now melt 2 lbs. of votive wax.  Add your coloring to the votive wax (coloring it in a way that will compliment the scent of candle you will be making).  Example:  When we made chocolate chip cookie chunky votives, we would make this votive wax dark brown so that we would have the chocolate chunk look.  Add 1/4 tsp. vybar 103 for extra scent throw.  Then add 1/4 cup of fragrance oil.  Give it a good stir and pour the entire contents into the jelly roll pan.  Allow this to cool, but not set up completely.  When the wax is still soft enough to cut it, take a knife and cut the entire pan into small chunks.  Allow the pan to set up completely, and remove all of the chunks and store in a large plastic lidded container.  When we made chunks, we would make numerous pans at one time so that we would have them ahead of time. 

  2. Make your Votives -  Line your votive molds up on your benches and get ready to pour like mad!  Melt 4 lbs. of votive wax, add 1 tsp vybar 103 to the mixture, DO NOT ADD COLOR, and add 1/2 cup fragrance oil.  Give it a good stir.  You want to pour at about 160-165.  Go down the line and fill all of your votive cups about 3/4  of the way full.  There is no need for you to save any of this wax for a repour!  Now, grab a hand full of wicks and go down the line and straighten them and stick them in the votive molds CENTERED.  The wicks should stick to the small amount of wax in the molds that has begun to set up...if not, give it a minute and try putting your wicks in again. 

  3. Chunking your Votives-   When you see a fine film of wax that is setting up on the top of your votives, grab a hand-full of chunks and go down the line and drop chunks into the votives until the votive mold is filled.  The neat thing is that the chunks release the air pockets that are normally formed when using votive wax....creating a situation where you do not have to do a repour!  Make sure you can see some of the chunks coming out of the wax...this gives them the COOLEST look!  Go back through and make sure that your wicks are centered.  Allow them to cool at room temperature and then pop them out of their molds...BINGO you're done!

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