Friday, March 30, 2012

tropical fish candles

I get a lot of requests from customers looking for unique shapes, like lobsters, sand dollars, star fish.... trout.

I make notes and do a few searches to locate molds for their desires but I often come up empty.

Last year I was able to pull out my fish molds and start pouring them by request of someone who needed "a few tropical fish, nothing fancy"  She was delighted with them and I enjoyed making them so much I added them to my pour rotation for summer.

I love the soft beachy colors and the rustic finish.

Friday, March 23, 2012

turtle candles

I've been making these little turtle candles for over four years and I just realized that I've never shared them here.

These waxy reptiles aren't going to get that make-over like the other critter candles.  I really like this style of finish.

They are poured into multi-cavity molds using a white core wax and then dipped in a green wax.  Their eyes are painted black eyes before getting a coating of glaze.  A long process, but worth it!

Glowlite Candles online 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A good hard look

and a time for change

Around 5 or so years ago I purchased the molds and equipment from one of the last great american candle manufacturers.  I had no plans to make any of the novelty pieces that came with the purchase but after playing around with them getting a feel for how they were made, I found that I was enjoying myself too much to let them all go.  

I decided to mimicked their candle making techniques and marketed them wholesale similar to how they did, not only to honor their customer base which was use to a certain style, but also because making the candles that way was really fast to produce.

But times change..and I think it's time to incorporate my own style into the wax sculptures. 

The first piece to have a change is the mom and baby giraffe candle. Elephants, sealife and dragons are soon to follow. 

I hope you like them as much I do.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Floating silver & gold star candles.

I was suppose to have these shimmering star candles out for the 2011 Christmas holiday season, but with so much going on they were pushed aside.

The next thing I knew it was Jan and those star candles were still sitting on the back counters collecting dust and being forgotten about completely.  Valentine day was consuming my time and it wasn't until two days ago I noticed the trays of cores.

core  is what I call unfinished candle. I decided to make a short video on dipping the cores and creating the metallic like finish.

These candles have an extra long burn time of over 8 hours and since they have a coating of silver or gold wax over might take a bit of patience to get them lit.  The coating of wax is thick and it will need to melt a bit off the wick before it can fully ignite.

Glowlite Candles on Etsy