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    I'd really like to have a go at making some candles.. I'm thinking candles with rose petals etc?

    I've never done it before, and wondered if there are any good tutorials to get started?

    I've seen starter kits on ebay, any good?

    Thanks
    Nici

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  • #2
    Hi,

    Good to hear of another potential Chandler in the midst.

    Personally, I would suggest you try a candle-making kit initially. A good one will have the basics of everything you need to get going – wax, dyes, fragrances, wicks, moulds etc. If you don’t get on with it then you haven’t spent out too much.

    Now, that’s the easy bit ‘cause you can get numerous types of kits to start. Have you thought about the type of wax you want to use? Paraffin, Soy, beeswax etc? Then the type of candles you want to make – pillars, tea lights, votives, containers, candles, melts/scents? You’ll probably want to have a go at them all!!

    Possibly best to start with a container type kit with paraffin wax as that can be the most consistent to use and you get great results. The kits are great fun to get started with and you can achieve something quite easily.

    What you’ll find is that you get addicted to it, you buy loads of stuff, make every type of candle you can, fill your house with great smells, spend every spare minute making them (and more…), read books about it, ‘google’ for ideas, give loads away to friends/family or re-melt them and you’ll be surprised how (more) popular you become.

    You should find some good kits on ebay, whichsnwhacks, thornes or full moons cauldron – they all come with instructions for use. Alternatively ‘you tube’ has some very good videos for showing the basics and ideas.

    Hope this helps and I’m sure you’ll have loads of fun. Happy candle-making

    David

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    • #3
      wow.. David.. thanks for the reply - lots and lots of great info there..

      Yes, knowing me, I'll probably want to try everything... and can see myself getting very addicted..

      Will get myself a kit I think - well, when I can justify spending some money (sisters wedding in two weeks which seems to have eaten all my dosh for last few months)..

      can't wait to have a go.. will post pics when I do
      Nici

      Website: http://www.goblindreams.co.uk
      Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goblin-Dreams/33795458652
      Folksy: http://www.folksy.com/shops/goblindreams
      Blog:
      http://goblindreamer.Blogspot.com

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      • #4
        I did a candle making tutorial a while ago I will post the link for you.

        Tutorial

        Hope it helps. I got my first candle making kit a long long time ago from full moons cauldron.

        Cheers

        Lisa

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        www.bowedover.co.uk

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        • #5
          Hello, After a couple of false starts I decided to do a course. I did a 1/2 day course. Not sure which part of the country you're in - I did my course at Push Folly in Hampton, Middlesex.
          Regards
          Diane

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          • #6
            hi

            Originally posted by Oddsox View Post
            Hi,

            Good to hear of another potential Chandler in the midst.

            Personally, I would suggest you try a candle-making kit initially. A good one will have the basics of everything you need to get going – wax, dyes, fragrances, wicks, moulds etc. If you don’t get on with it then you haven’t spent out too much.

            Now, that’s the easy bit ‘cause you can get numerous types of kits to start. Have you thought about the type of wax you want to use? Paraffin, Soy, beeswax etc? Then the type of candles you want to make – pillars, tea lights, votives, containers, candles, melts/scents? You’ll probably want to have a go at them all!!

            Possibly best to start with a container type kit with paraffin wax as that can be the most consistent to use and you get great results. The kits are great fun to get started with and you can achieve something quite easily.

            What you’ll find is that you get addicted to it, you buy loads of stuff, make every type of candle you can, fill your house with great smells, spend every spare minute making them (and more…), read books about it, ‘google’ for ideas, give loads away to friends/family or re-melt them and you’ll be surprised how (more) popular you become.

            You should find some good kits on ebay, whichsnwhacks, thornes or full moons cauldron – they all come with instructions for use. Alternatively ‘you tube’ has some very good videos for showing the basics and ideas.

            Hope this helps and I’m sure you’ll have loads of fun. Happy candle-making

            David
            hi. i have some great latex candle moulds that i dont use anymore . i have moved on Mod edit - have a look at the forum rules before posting please
            Last edited by Peter; 29-07-2009, 11:14 PM.

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            • #7
              Thanks for all the help guys.. is next on the to-do craft list

              xx
              Nici

              Website: http://www.goblindreams.co.uk
              Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goblin-Dreams/33795458652
              Folksy: http://www.folksy.com/shops/goblindreams
              Blog:
              http://goblindreamer.Blogspot.com

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