World of Wax and Wicks Newsletter


Crafter's Touch http://www.crafterstouch.com July 1, 2004 In This Issue: * Editor's Note * Project Idea : Martini Glass Gel Candles * Tips & Tricks: Types of Candle Wax * Tips & Tricks: Help! How Do I Reduce Bubbles? ******************************************************************** Editor's Note: I've found that candle making has really taken off in the last few years. Now you can walk into any craft store and find enough different kinds of wax, wicks, scents and dyes to make your head spin. Below you'll find a great project idea that you can use as centerpieces for your next dinner party. In the Tips & Tricks section, you'll find a quick summary of the different types of wax so you can experiment on your own! ******************************************************************** Project Idea: Martini Glass Candles One of the first candle making projects that I tried myself were these elegant martini glass candles. These are great for parties and the long-burning gel wax will last all evening. All you need is the following supplies: Martini Glasses Martini Stirers Gel Wax Wick Scent (if desired) Dye (if desired) Clear Epoxy Glue (if desired) To get full instructions for these martini glass candles, visit our site at: http://www.crafterstouch.com/projectpage.aspx?projectid=38 ******************************************************************** If you have any questions that you'd like answered by our experts send an email to webmaster@crafterstouch.com and we'll be happy to help you! ******************************************************************** Tips & Tricks - Types of Candle Wax Paraffin Wax - White semi-transparent hard wax which is good for containers and molds. Gel Wax - Transparent wax that is heatable and pourable. This wax is similiar to paraffin wax but clear. Gel wax burns three to four times longer than paraffin wax. Crystallizing Wax - All natural wax that has a 160 degree melt point and cures hard. Crystallzing wax comes in small granules instead of a slab. When this wax dries it creates a unique crystal or frosted effect. Soy Candle Wax - Soy tends to hold its shape better as it burns. This makes it ideal for use in making pillar candles. Soy also gives off less soot. Another benefit is that soy wax is water soluable which makes cleanup much easier. Beeswax - Natural wax taken from the hives of honey bees. This wax burns very slowly but is very sticky and sometimes does not come out of molds very well. Visit our website for more candle making tips at: http://www.crafterstouch.com/craft.aspx?categoryid=13 ******************************************************************** Tips & Tricks - Help! How do I reduce the air bubbles in my jars and pillars? There are a couple of different things that you can try to prevent air bubbles in your candles. First of all, you should always heat your container or mold before your pour your wax. I usually use a hair dryer or a heat gun. This will prevent the cold "shock" to hot wax and remove any moisture that might be in your container/mold. You can also try pouring your wax at a slightly higher temperature. For safety, do not heat your wax higher than 205 degrees F. Finally you can try pouring your wax slowly into your container, avoiding splashing the wax as your pour. This can prevent air bubbles from getting trapped in the wax. ******************************************************************** FEEDBACK TO THE EDITOR webmaster@crafterstouch.com WEBSITE http://www.crafterstouch.com TO SUBSCRIBE Send an email to webmaster@crafterstouch.com TO UNSUBSCRIBE Send an email to webmaster@crafterstouch.com
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