Words of late artist Frank Howell...I totally relate!

"There are few days off and no retirement from this entanglement of knowledge, passion and vision that will be molded and converted into creative expression. There are no guarantees of acceptance, understanding or reward, but...the noise inside the mind never ceases. I will paint today, tonight and for as many tomorrows as I am given..." Words of the late artist Frank Howell...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Second Soy Candle Making Session

I shared my first candle making attempt with you a couple of weeks ago.  I was a little disappointed with the lack of scent in the first batch.  Taking what I learned then, I decided to add an entire little bottle of the candle scent from Hobby Lobby to 32 ounces (measured into a liquid measuring cup that is microwave safe) of soy candle flakes, then I could figure out if it needed that much, or if I needed to further tweak the recipe. I used cappuccino and strawberry for my second and third experimental pours.  I am much happier with the throw of scent now, but that is a lot of scent to have to add to the mix to make just four small candles!  I need to figure out what my actual cost was for making them- I'm sure I must be saving $$$, but I want to be sure, so I'll do the math when I get a minute. 

*Note:  32 ounces of flakes, melts down to make approximately 16 ounces of finished candles.  I made 2-4.5 oz. ones and 2-3.5 oz. ones.

This time, I made my own wicks from a package of wick string and the little metal holders.  I just used jewelry making tools to crimp the wick into place.  It was a simple thing, and a way to save a little $$$.  The wick string comes in different sizes, so you will need to use the correct size for the diameter of the candles you are making.

I made little tiny simple tags so that I could mark each candle for scent.  I just printed them out with  the computer and printer, and cut them with a paper cutter to get them perfectly straight.  

In conclusion, I will say that it was a much more enjoyable process this time around since I had already made them before; the process wasn't so foreign to me, and I didn't have to keep stopping and reading instructions.  Whether or not it's a money saving, thrifty way to have soy candles, I will probably make them again.  It's just a fun craft!  And, I will always be looking for containers that can be candle holders when I'm out junking.

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