Banter & Bliss Candlemaking Class at OC Great Park

Thank you for joining Banter & Bliss' candlemaking workshop at Orange County Great Park.

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Here are some notes from our class:
    • We used an 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. To simplify our measurements, we used .80 ounces and half a pound of wax to make your candles (or 1.6 ounces per pound of wax - 10%). 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.
    • It is recommended that you heat the wax to 185°F and add fragrance at 185°F. It is recommended that you remove the wax from the melter and wait for it to cool to around 140°F before you pour your candle.
    • 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. We always recommend that you conduct burn tests on your candles to see how they perform if you're planning on selling or gifting your candles to others!
    • Don't forget your warning labels!
    • When using soy wax, consider pre-heating your jars with a hair dryer to help with glass adhesion. We didn't do this in class but this is a good tip if you have adhesion issues with your candles when you're making on your own.
    • 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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