ARTFULLY AVOIDING THE LANDFILL (& driving my husband crazy) ONE PIECE OF JUNK AT A TIME

1/9/11

Candle Making for Sinus Relief

I am literally one of those people who are allergic to work.  Serious, cross-my-heart, stick a camel in my eye - allergic to work.  There is something in the air at work that totally disagrees with me and sometimes I just can't take it anymore and leave!


I feel like I'm playing hooky when I leave because my eyes quit watering and my sinus cavities open up almost immediately as soon as I leave the office.  I've tried various remedies - sometimes they work and sometimes they don't.  I've come to the conclusion that I either have to suffer or leave.  I really don't want to leave permanently, I like the work and I'd miss Heather too much!

Anyway, Thursday when I left work, I spent my down time making candles.  This fall I dinked around with some regular old grocery store paraffin wax and made some grubby hand-dipped tapers.


I really like them, but they have been dubbed "fecal garland" by a juvenile who resides here and has absolutely no taste for fine art.  (Sheesh!)   These were really easy to make, but very time consuming.  Dip, dip, dip, dip, dip, dip, dip, dip, roll in cinnamon and nutmeg, dip and repeat three or four times.  Actually, I think they were dipped at least 50 times, if not more before adding the grubby effect with the spices.

I wouldn't mind taking the time to make more, but I'm not so sure our little neck of the woods is home to very many hand dipped candle lovers, so I decided to get serious and went to the experts at Candle Science for help with making real candles.  I'll skip my tutorial on candle making because their site has everything you will ever need to know about making candles.  I'll tell you about my containers.

Since I like the primitive look, I started with a cinnamon candle and went to the recycling bin for the container.


A nice 14.75 oz. vegetable can.


This was most definitely going to be a cinnamon candle, inside and out.  I painted a thin layer of Mod Podge on the can and then sprinkled it with a cinnamon/nutmeg mixture to give it that old fashioned look I am so into these days.

While that was drying I started to work on the label.


It is a most good idea to look at the label you rip off the can you're going to use to get the dimensions you'll need for your label.  I thought all I needed to know was the height and circumference.  Nope.  After spending an hour or two on the perfect label, I put it on the can and had to turn the can just so I could read the front of the label!  Back to the drawing board to reduce the front to about 4 inches.


For good measure I created two designs to see what I liked best.  The overwhelming winner was decided by everyone who walked through the kitchen.  (Wait!  Maybe I shouldn't trust the opinions of those who gave my hand dipped candles a bad name?)


I think they were right.  I was pleased with the way it looks.
I made a couple other fragrances as well:


I generally take the claims of odor eliminating products with a grain of salt. However, the Odor Eraser fragrance is absolutely marvelous and it effectively removed the bacon odor from the kitchen last night -  I was truly amazed!


Take a look at the difference between the Love Spell candle and the unidentified candle with the buttons.  The Love Spell candle poured nice and smooth with a level top.  The other one has a serious well around the wick.  That's the difference between Candle Science paraffin wax and your ordinary grocery store variety.  The difference is absolutely amazing.

The experiments - using the Candle Science wax - turned out very, very well.  I was a bit skeptical as to my ability to create a nice marketable candle... especially when I calculated the selling price to be a little over $1.00 per ounce.  I looked at my candles and wondered if anyone would pay $15.00 for one of them.  It seemed quite expensive for a home canned candle.  Then I lit them... oh my gosh!  Thanks to Candle Science, Yankee Candle Company has nothing over these aromas!  These hand canned creations are definitely the crows toes!

Now, as to the power of the candles as labelled, I guess only time will tell.  If I do get up the nerve to sell candles, I will put a disclaimer on the Love Spell candles because I just can't guarantee your honey will love you any more than he already does : )


I still have some fine tuning and practical packaging matters to iron out, but I think this is something to get excited about.  My only regret was that I didn't purchase more wicks.  I guess I lacked the confidence to believe they would turn out.  I'm heading over to Candle Science right now to order some more supplies!

Here's hoping you have a great week!  I'll be searching the house for cool looking things to fill with candle wax : )

19 comments:

  1. Coleen those look so perfectly prim... you did a great job on them... those labels are so professional looking... Believe me you would get the price and more... people love candles and they pay through the nose for them... love the dipped ones... if you email me your address I have a huge spool of wick, I bought two thinking they were small spools, well needless to say I have enough wick to last me ten lifetimes... if you can wait until I get over to Mr. D's I'll ship it from there.

    I buy the taper candles and dip and grunge them, it works great... I use the wax melter you use for your hands and feet, keeps your wax at a consistent temperature, perfect for dipping.

    Have a great night...

    Hugs, Deb

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  2. LOVE..love your candles! The labels are just too "stinking" cute!! LOL
    I think these would sell like crazy :)
    Def. magazine material...nudge, nudge :)

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  3. Very cool candles! You may find them to be addicting. I started by just remelting the old spent candles and pouring them into jars. Now I have molds, sents, colors, wick, etc, etc... The place you found for the supplies looks pretty good. I just got my stuff from Hobby Lobby and Michaels, but that is not very cost effective. Checking Ebay for somebody selling off their stuff might be a good way to go. Emily said you were not wanting to do molds, but I find them a lot of fun. Now if I only had time to make them again... Btw, I tried a hand dipped candle in beeswax, but it came out looking a bit X-rated, so don't feel bad about the comments you received on yours! :)
    Keep it up!

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  4. Colleen, I really love these candles. I think they will sell very well. They are very unique. Well done!

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  5. Awwww, I would miss you too Coleen!!!! xoxo :)
    I love your candles, and may I say since I had the pleasure of smelling them while they burn at work, they are definitely worth it. For all the curious ones out there, I could smell the odor eraser candle from the back of our building when it was burning in front and the wedding cake smells good enough to eat!

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  6. Just popping in because I didn't want to miss anything :)
    If you'd like, I can email you one of the write-up's I've done for the Stampington and Co mags....so easy and you can do it! You'll be glad you did!

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  7. Coleen... those are AWESOME!! They look so professionally prim! Those labels are WOW!! Sorry about your work allergies!

    Kendra

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  8. Coleen- missed this post-- love the candles...you had me laughing with the 'fecal garland'...your family has quite the SCENTS OF HUMOR...LOL!!!
    Glad your keeping busy.
    Me? not so much.

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  9. Wow, I'm impressed! I've never thought of making candles before. Will you be selling them on etsy or anything like that?
    Btw. the 'fecal garland' comment had me rolling.
    Gotta love family. guys just don't get it.

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  10. Ha! My teenager gave the grubby candles I received in a swap gift with a similar name. :) What would we do without our teenagers to make us laugh! Love your grubby labels!

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  19. Hi, I love this idea! I would love to know how you made those labels...not the exact picture or anything but to make it the exact size you needed?

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