Friday, August 25, 2017

Acrylic candle molds

When you need to have a better visual of what you're creating, clear candle molds help tremendously.  Now that the heat is settling somewhat I think it's time to get them out have a go.  I have several techniques I want to try my hand at, like layering with designs, marbling, shells and finishes.

Wish me luck, some of these I have never done before plus I haven't used a plastic mold in 10 years, I hope the learning curve is short one!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Eiffel Tower candle revisited

Hi candle lovers, thought I'd share what I've been up to this past week. Besides getting ready for the fall season which I'll share later.   I've been pouring some old friends in new ways and testing out a few different types of finishes.

Palm wax has rejuvenated my creative side.  I am amazed every time I pull a candle from a mold.  Ok, almost every time, there are some pieces that it detracts from the candle too much...but certainly not when it came to the Eiffel Tower candle.

And it's not just new waxes I've been pouring but new colors too.  I've had a lot black wax in the melters since Halloween stock is top priority right now so I decided to pour an Eiffel Tower in black as well, but it looked so bland and boring I had to find a way to spruce it up.  And so the oil rubbed bronze look was born.   

Have a great weekend. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tiki bars, tiki rooms and Tiki Candles

Who knew tikis were all the rage!  Seriously, in preparation for getting my tiki candles out I was looking up ways to display them, since the bulk of the candles I make are for weddings and reception decor I kept returning to boho beachy weddings but in my searches I found a whole amazing subculture of tiki rooms and tiki bars. Personal oasis' decked out in dream like jungle decor.  With exotic wood fixtures, bamboo furniture, grass skirts and palm trees.

It was a long hard road making these Tiki Candles.  I was scheduled to have these out at the begging of May for the summer season, palm wax turn out to be more difficult to work with than I ever thought it would be.  But the results are totally worth it!
Scented in tropical tuberose and mango beechwood and let me tell ya.  They smell divine!

Friday, August 4, 2017

making silicone candle molds

Good morning candle friends.  I bet you've guessed by now, that I am very fond of shaped candles.

The flip side to that is, I have a strong aversion to making candle molds.  The process is long, monotonous and messy and I inevitably stick a finger or the side of my hand in a glob of burning hot glue causing an unsightly and rather painful puffy blister.  But as much as I dislike the whole mold making affair; you don't get fun shaped candles with out it.  Soooo, over the weekend I built forms and mixed silicone for 11 new pieces.

These are a few of my favorites and I can't wait to play with all these fun new shapes, especially that turkey, just wait till ya see him, he's so stinkin cute?