Banter & Bliss: 6/25/16 Candlemaking Meet Up @ Attire LA

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Here are some notes from our class:
    • We used a Golden Wax 464 (available locally at California Candle Supply in Glendora) soy wax with a maximum fragrance load of 12% per the manufacturer. This means that the maximum amount of fragrance that can be used in this type of wax is 2 ounces of fragrance per pound of wax. We used .80 ounces and half a pound of wax to make your candles (or 1.6 ounces per pound of wax - 10% fragrance load). Remember, you don't have to use 12%. Fragrance oils are expensive and if you can get a good hot throw at 8-10% then that's great! I recommend that you purchase a scale with a glass top. Fragrance oils can be hard on a plastic scale.
    • Candle supply stores do sell glue dots to affix the wick to the bottom of your jar but nothing works as well as an old fashioned glue gun!
    • Check out this wick guide from CandleScience.
    • Don't forget your warning labels!
    • When using soy wax, consider pre-heating your jars with a hair dryer to help with glass adhesion.
    • If your candles have imperfect tops after they have cured, you can either do a second pour or use a heat gun to even out the tops. This is the heat gun that I use.
    • We used this portable electric double burner to make our candles but you can also use a double boiler set up on your stove. Remember, never melt wax directly over an open flame! The pouring pot should never be in direct contact with the heat source! Please visit this guide for candlemaking safety tips.
    • Remember, candlemaking is all about experimentation. You'll want to test burn your candles to make sure your candle is properly wicked and that you're satisfied with the candle's hot throw. The hot throw is the fragrance a candle emits when it's lit. The cold throw is how the candle smells when it's unlit. Please visit this guide for how to burn a candle safely.
    • Once you pour your candle, you can use a skewer or clothespin to center the wick. Candle supply stores also sell popsicle sticks with a hole in the middle that you can use to center the wick.
    • Need candlemaking supplies? Visit California Candle Supply in Glendora [Address: 831 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740] or General Wax [6863 Beck Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91605]
    • Looking for a great candlemaking kit to get started? Check out the soy kit from CandleScience.
    • Want to build a website to sell your candle creations? Check out www.shopify.com!
    • Want to create slick labels but don't have access to Photoshop or other graphic design software? Log into www.canva.com where anyone can be a graphic designer!

    If you have any candlemaking questions, please feel free to email us at hello@banterandbliss.com.

    Sheena Tahilramani
    Banter & Bliss, LLC

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