Friday, April 21, 2017

circus roses


On occasion I feel restricted in my craft. The size, shape and materials of certain molds don't often allow for much creativity.

a rose is a rose is a rose



Occasionally I am able to play with color to create subtle differences.

Varying dye amounts and temperatures to achieve something a bit different.


Friday, April 14, 2017

I'd like one please... of everything




I forgot how hard it is to shop for candle fragrance oils.

How do you choose?  There are so many scent options and companies to pick from.  Who has the best?  Which oils are the strongest?  Do they work well in soy, what about paraffin?  Just how important is that flash point anyway and what does Wedding Day really smell like?

While I filled my virtual carts I day dreamed of a where I would store them all.   I wanted them all, just one of each.  That's not too much is it?

I settled on a small array of 1 ounce samples.  That's enough to tide me over for now, plus I don't actually have the room to store the over 300 fragrances on my wish list.

As the boxes began arriving my excitement was building and I spent the better part of a Thursday afternoon sniffing several dozen little bottles before I realized two things.  There isn't much you can do with 1 ounce of fragrance oil and it's amazing how fast a headache can come on.

I swore to myself I would start small, pick three and go from there, but its been difficult choosing which ones I like more than others.  I like them all. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

carving a pineapple


I had a pen cap in my hand, gliding it through the clay when my youngest daughter walked in the door.  She's the true artist in our family and not only has a natural talent for it, she's been schooled well..

Mom, you don't have the right tools.

She showed me what they use in class and I ordered a cheap set of clay carving tools from amazon.  If all goes well I hope to have some pineapple candles available soon, if not I have a back -up plan.

Friday, March 31, 2017

A clean work table

Apparently this is a pretty impressive thing. So said our family and friends from last weekends dinner get together.

To access the covered patio siting area our guests have to walk through the candle making studio.  I usually spend the afternoon tiding up.  (aka, picking up everything on the floor and putting it on the pour table.)   It's usually covered in molds and whatever projects I'm working at the time and some of our friends enjoy spending the evening around it picking wax off molds and inquiring about what I'm up to.


This time instead of a quick tiding up I full on put EVERYTHING away.  And boy did I get an earful.


Spent a few days playing around with soy wax and marbling techniques. Finding the right pour temp has been a challenge but it did give me an idea for some ombre style candles that I want to try out.


I've also been working on some layering techniques using paraffin for watermelon candle designs that I have floating around in my head.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

candles and clouds

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
John Lubbock, The Use Of Life


My goal is to capture lifes little joys in wax form.  Using natural waxes and calm relaxing fragrances.


 These happy things.   These little white fluff balls that bob along turquoise skies.


made using
100% soy wax
and a mixture of natural waxes, soy, beeswax and candelilla.
cotton braided wick


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