My wife is making candles now!
We have clumps of beeswax all over the kitchen.
Candle-making is a wonderful interest - it leaves you with something tangible at the end, unlike family history where you can only give out reams of info! As you said, you find it very relaxing and I must confess that I find patchwork very relaxing too.
Which reminds me, I should really finish my quilt!
I've created a device like that of a foundry for wax!
any shape I mold using sand... tightly packed..
creates a void for hot wax.. and leaves a neat texture for the hands!
candling making.. a fun way to relax!
I would LOVE to make candles. I've always wanted to try but it looks a bit expensive. What did you need to buy to make those five, and was it easy, and how much was it all?
The melting pot was £35, but that's a luxury. A saucepan in another saucepan of boiling water is perfectly acceptable.
I used approximately 3 packs of wax (that large candle uses almost a whole one!) at about £5.00 each. Next time, I'll buy an enormous slab of wax for (I think) £16.00
I have 3 moulds, totalling about £20.00.
The pigment blocks are about £5.00 for 12, and I have about half left.
So, the initial outlay is reasonably high, but if you're going to do candles as gifts (I think homemade gifts are far more valuable than any value of off-the-shelf gift you can buy), or to sell, then it's definitely worth it.
I'm going to buy a couple more moulds and some proper wax-handling utensils (a knife and spoon are hardly ideal! LOL) and then I can start doing this on a regular basis.
Just remember that any hobby costs money, but with any craft, you get the benefits in the end :o)
(makes a bit of a mess though!!)
That's the worry, I give up on things way too easily so sometimes I'm wary to spend lots to begin with ;) But it would be nice to be giving out homemade gifts next Christmas.
Did you buy the stuff online, and if so where?
Nar, actually got off my arse and went to a local craft shop.Crap website
, but a great place for art and craft stuff! :o)
We have a Hobbycraft or whatever it's called, but it's on the other side of Bristol and we have no car :( I might check Ebay for those pans though, because they'd be useful for things like melting henna as well.. what are they officially called?
Wow! They are beautiful :) Candle making is on my List of Things to do in the Future.
One of my friends in Jersey makes beeswax candles from her dad's hives & they look fantastic. She says it's very easy once you've done it a few times :)
2003-12-21 11:29 am (UTC)
Whether they came out the way you wanted or not, I think they look great. I especially like the fourth one (red edges.