Votive Candles - Part 1

It's getting to be that time of year when getting "feet wet" with wax gets you in the mood for candles!  This is a nice tutorial on making soy votives ... although my votive mold has a wick pin, which creates a hole for the wick to be threaded through after the candle has cooled.  Everyone has their favorite way of wicking a candle!  I've never wicked after pouring wax, for instance, I always secure my wick first, so this method is a little different than what I am accustomed to, but if it works for you, then you may prefer it.  Remember when you burn votive candles, that you need a votive cup which the candle fits perfectly into ... be sure to extinguish it when it's burned down to at least a 1/4-inch for safety.  I have read that some glass holders can crack, although I have never had one do this personally, so, for added security, it's a good idea to place the votive cup on a non-flammable plate or surface.

An example of Wick Pins

Swirled Melt 'n' Pour Soaps

Making melt 'n' pour soaps can be fun ... when I have made them, I've used individual molds. This swirled loaf method looks like fun though! Note that all melt 'n' pour products are not the same ... I try to use ones that have mostly natural ingredients, whenever possible!

Drippy Winter Pillar Candles

These were fun candles to make ... and to burn! 
Each candle was topped with a glittered wreath 
in the center.  The wreaths were made with candy 
molds, with specialty glitter dusted into the molds
before pouring the scented wax.  I used a sweet 
bayberry for these candles, which was wonderful.

The interior of my candle mold was lightly coated
with mineral oil.  Then, using a cheese grater and 
a green coloring block, little specks of colorant
were created that were then sprinkled into the 
inside of the mold ... the candle was poured in 
a few layers, including light green (this was a 
bright green mixed with a hint of turquoise) and
white, making for an interesting pattern. 

Then, the candle was dripped with white wax 
over and over, with wax being poured on top first, 
placing the wreath in the center, and wax continued
to be poured around the edges to drip over the sides
of the candle.  At the completion, some wax was 
poured onto a plate and the candle set into the hot 
wax to finish the bottom, covering the square wick 
tab, which is the second to last photo here. 

For my next drippings ... Valentine's Day!!