The Soap Barn Free Candle Making Book


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Body Butter Love Candle
Citronella Candles
Valentine’s Massage Candle
Valentine’s Scented Paste Candle
Irish Coffee Candles
Mochaccino Gel Candles
Coffee Candles in Antique Buckets
Ice Lantern Candle
Spice 'n All Things Nice Candle
Balloon Lantern Candle
Fresh Flower Candle
Gel Candy Candle
Mango + Orange Body Butter Candle
Vanilla + Lemon Scented Paste Candle
Floating Candles
Waterlily Floating Candle
Lemongrass Body Butter Candle
Orange and Lemon Candle
Midnight Gel Candle
'Bug-Off' Citronella Candle
'Bug-Off' Citronella Gel Travel Candle
Gel Candles Cocktails
Christmas Candle Lantern
Christmas Candle
Cinnamon and Vanilla Body Butter Candle
Festive Gel Candle
Sand and Ice Lantern
Floating Rose Candles
Ladybird Candles
Water Candles
Cup Cake Candles
Apple and Pear Candles


Body Butter Love Candle

Requirements:
250g Soy Wax (Soap Barn)
Red oil colouring (Soap Barn)
Patchouli Fragrance (Soap Barn)
Candle Wick (Soap Barn)
Heart box container (Soap Barn)

Method:
Melt the soy wax in the microwave for three and a half minutes. When melted add 10ml patchouli fragrance. You can colour the mixture red with your red oil colouring but only use one or two drops!. Position your wick in the middle of the heart box and make sure it stays upright by placing kebab sticks on either side. Leave to set.
Using Body Butter Candles – For you and your partner on Valentines’ Day
Light the candle and let the wax melt. Use the warm melted wax to rub all over your body for the softest, smoothest skin. This makes a wonderful romantic gift for couples to share on Valentine’s Day.

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Citronella Candles

Requirements:
1lt Gel Wax (Soap Barn)
Bucket (Chocolate Den)
Glass jar (Soap Barn)
1 pack pre-waxed wicks (Soap Barn)
Yellow candle colouring (Soap Barn)
Green candle colouring (Soap Barn
Citronella essential oil (Soap Barn)

Method:
Melt the gel wax in a pot directly on the stove over a very low heat. When the gel is melted it will run like water. Then add a couple of drops of yellow candle colouring and one drop of green colouring and 20ml citronella essential oil to the melted gel. Dip the sustainer end of the wick into the melted gel and position the wick in the bucket or jar. Then fill the container to the top. Leave to set. Use these citronella candles indoors and outdoors all summer to keep away flies and mosquitoes and other bugs. These candles are wonderful to use when camping, hiking or out on a safari. Just close the lid of the jar and drop it in your travel pack to take with you wherever you go this summer.

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Valentine’s Massage Candle

Requirements:
250g Soy Wax (Soap Barn)
50ml Coconut oil
Red oil colouring (Soap Barn)
Codes perfume (Soap Barn)
Candle Wick (Soap Barn)

Method:
Melt the soy wax in the microwave for three and a half minutes. When melted add the coconut oil and 20ml Codes perfume. You can colour the mixture red with your red oil colouring but only use one or two drops!. Position your wick in the middle of the shimmering heart box and make sure it stays upright by placing kebab sticks on either side. Leave to set.

The Magic of Massage Candles:
Light the candle and let the wax melt. Use the warm melted wax to rub all over your body for the softest, smoothest skin. This makes a wonderful romantic gift for couples to share on Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine’s Scented Paste Candle

Requirements:
250ml Candle Paste (Soap Barn)
Red oil colouring (Soap Barn)
50ml Codes perfume (Soap Barn)
Candle Wick (Soap Barn)

Method:
Melt the candle paste in a pot on the stove. It will not melt in the microwave. When melted add 50ml Codes perfume. Colour the past red with your red oil colouring. Position your wick in the middle of the shimmering heart box and make sure it stays upright by placing kebab sticks on either side. Leave to set.

Brand New Candle Paste!
Introduced for the first time ever at The Soap Barn. Formulated at the Soap Barn especially for our favourite customers! New candle paste has a burning time longer than any other candle wax. I burned 250ml of scented candle paste for 48 hours and it could have gone on for at least another 48 hours. The paste holds and retains fragrance better than any other candle wax. It has a fragrance throw that is stronger and more powerful than any other wax. Burning just one paste candle fragranced my entire shop and it could be smelled over and above the numerous competing fragrances at The Soap Barn. If you love scented candles then our new Candle Paste for Scented Candles is a MUST for you!

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Irish Coffee Candles

Requirements:
1lt Gel Wax and 1kg powder wax (Soap Barn)
Glass coffee mugs (Pick and Pay!)
Pre-waxed wicks (Soap Barn)
Coffee fragrance (Soap Barn)
Brown candle colouring (Soap Barn)

Please click here to print out Irish Coffee Candles labels

Method:
Melt the gel wax in a pot directly on the stove over a very low heat. When the gel is melted it will run like water. Fragrance the melted gel with coffee fragrance and colour it with the brown colouring. Dip the sustainer end of the wick into the melted gel and position the wick upright in the middle of the glass. Then pour your melted gel into the glass ¾ of the way up. Leave to set. Then melt your powder wax gently in a pot on the stove. When melted add your fragrance oil and pour in your melted wax over the gel wax right to the top. Leave your candle to set. Once it has set you will notice that it has set with a hole in the middle. This is usual when working with wax because it shrinks when it sets. Now melt your left over wax and top up the candle where it has shrunk. Leave the candle now to cool and set completely. For a room filled with a warm coffee ambience these coffee candles are a must! We all know that winter will herald many power outages – think how lovely it would be to light up your home with coffee candles this winter!

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Mochaccino Gel Candles

Requirements:
1lt Gel Wax and 1kg powder wax (Soap Barn)
Glass coffee mugs (Pick and Pay!)
Pre-waxed wicks (Soap Barn)
Coffee fragrance and Chocolate Fragrance(Soap Barn)
Brown mica and white lustre sparkle colouring (Soap Barn)

Please click here to print out Mochaccino Gel Candles labels

Method:
Melt the gel wax in a pot directly on the stove over a very low heat. When the gel is melted it will run like water. Fragrance the melted gel with coffee fragrance and chocokale fragrance and colour it with the brown mica and lustre sparkle. Dip the sustainer end of the wick into the melted gel and position the wick upright in the middle of the glass. Then pour your melted gel into the glass ¾ of the way up. Leave to set. Then melt your powder wax gently in a pot on the stove. When melted add your fragrance oil and pour in your melted wax over the gel wax right to the top. Leave your candle to set. Once it has set you will notice that it has set with a hole in the middle. This is usual when working with wax because it shrinks when it sets. Now melt your left over wax and top up the candle where it has shrunk. Leave the candle now to cool and set completely. For a room filled with a warm coffee ambience these coffee candles are a must! We all know that winter will herald many power outages – think how lovely it would be to light up your home with mochaccino candles this winter!

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Coffee Candles in Antique Buckets

Requirements:
1kg candle wax (Soap Barn)
Nylon core wick (Soap Barn)
Coffee fragrance or Chocolate fragrance or both(Soap Barn)

Please click here to print out Coffee Candles labels

Method:
Melt your wax gently in a pot on the stove. When melted add your fragrance oil. Position your wick in the container and pour in your melted wax right to the top. Leave your candle to set. Once it has set you will notice that it has set with a hole in the middle. This is usual when working with wax because it shrinks when it sets. Now melt your left over wax and top up the candle where it has shrunk. Leave the candle now to cool and set completely. For a room filled with a warm coffee ambience these coffee candles are a must! We all know that winter will herald many power outages – think how lovely it would be to light up your home with coffee candles this winter!

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Ice Lantern Candle

Requirements:
White powder candle wax (Soap Barn)
Candle dyes (Soap Barn) or Wax crayons (for other colours)
Candle mould (Soap Barn)
Tin foil
Wick (Soap Barn)
Sustainers (Soap Barn)

Method:
Melt your wax gently in a pot on the stove. You will need a PVC pipe cylinder that is sealed at the bottom with tin foil. Start by cutting your wick to size (and a bit). Dip your wick into the melted wax and hold it up so it can set straight. Fasten your sustainer to the bottom of your waxed wick. Position the wick in the middle of the cylinder using a tiny bit of prestik under the sustainer. Tie the top of the wick onto a kebab stick that balances on the top of the cylinder. (If you ultimately wish to have a bigger flame you can cut three pieces of wick and plait them. Then dip them in the wax and position them just as you would do with one strand.) Place ice-cubes all around the inside edge of the cylinder, keeping them away from the wick. Pour your melted wax into the sealed ice-packed cylinder all the way to the top. Leave to set. I find it is best to leave this candle on a large plate or even in the basin while it sets. The ice melts quite quickly and soon runs out, so it is best that your candle is left to set in a place that will handle the melting ice. After about two hours you can remove the tin foil off the bottom of the cylinder and un-mould your candle. I like to break through some of the thinner parts to reveal bigger holes. You can even use a hair dryer to open up some of the holes. The more holes you have the nicer your candle will be. As the candle burns down the light shines through the holes and you have a wonderful lantern effect. When your wick has burned right down to the bottom you can replace it with a tea-light candle at the bottom to keep your lantern going.

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Spice 'n All Things Nice Candle

Requirements:
Gel wax (Soap Barn)
Powder wax (Soap Barn)
Glass vase
Wick (Soap Barn)
Sustainers (Soap Barn)
Orange peel confetti (Soap Barn)
Dried orange slices (Chocolate Den)
Kebab sticks (Chocolate Den)
Coffee beans
Cinnamon sticks

Method:
Start by cutting your wick to size (and a bit). Melt the gel wax in a pot directly on the stove over a very low heat. When the gel is melted it will run like water. Dip your wick into the melted gel and hold it up so it can set straight. Fasten your sustainer to the bottom of your waxed wick. Position the wick in the middle of the vase using a tiny bit of prestik under the sustainer. Tie the top of the wick onto a kebab stick that balances on the top of the vase. (If you ultimately wish to have a bigger flame you can cut three pieces of wick and plait them. Then dip them in the wax and position them just as you would do with one strand.) Then pour your melted gel into the glass1/5 of the way up. Leave to cool. Position your orange slices around the edges (or which ever of your natural props you choose to have at the bottom of your candle). Leave that layer to set and then pour your next layer and repeat the method till you have almost filled your vase to the top with different layers. Then melt your powder wax gently in a pot on the stove. When melted pour in your melted wax over the gel wax right to the top. Leave your candle to set. Once it has set you will notice that it has set with a hole in the middle. This is usual when working with white wax because it shrinks when it sets. Now melt your left over wax and top up the candle where it has shrunk. Leave the candle now to cool and set completely. Your candle will burn for months! Each layer will yield a different fragrance depending on the natural props you have used.

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Balloon Lantern Candle

Requirements:
White powder candle wax (Soap Barn)
Balloons
Candle dyes (Soap Barn) or Wax crayons (for other colours)
Tea-lights or small candles that you have made yourself (see floating candle recipe)

Method:
Melt your wax gently in a pot on the stove. You will need a medium sized pot that is filled about 2/3 to the top with melted wax. Colour your wax with candle dye or wax crayons. Stir well so the colour is completely mixed through. Fill a balloon with cold water from the tap and tie a knot at the top. Holding on to the knot dip your balloon into the pot of melted wax. Once dipped, place your balloon on the counter next to you (still holding it by the knot) so that it forms a flat bottom. Now repeat that process about eight to ten times. Take your balloon lantern candle over to the basin and pierce a hole in the top of the balloon. If you wish to use the balloon again you will have to try untie the knot. Let the water escape the balloon and as that happens the balloon with shrink and move away from the sides of your candle. Place a small candle or tea-light candle in the middle of your lantern. You will get the most beautiful, ambient light shining through the wax. This candle is a win for romantic candle lit dinners or for relaxing in a hot bubble bath.

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Fresh Flower Candle

Requirements:
1kg candle wax (Soap Barn)
White pebbles
Fresh flowers
Pre-waxed wicks (Soap Barn)
Glass vase
Rose fragrance (Soap Barn)

Method:
Melt your wax gently in a pot on the stove. When melted add your fragrance oil. Position your white pebbles at the bottom of your vase, enough to hold your fresh flowers in place. Now place your fresh flowers in the vase. Fill the vase ¾ of the way to the top, covering the flowers completely and more. Then pour your melted, rose scented wax over the top of the water just about 2cm. Leave it to set. The position your pre-waxed wick in the middle of the vase on top of the set layer of wax. Now fill the rest of the vase with melted wax all the way to the top. This wonderful candle is FABULOUS for every occasion. It makes the most wonderful centre piece for any table for any occasion and you have both your flower arrangement and candle in one! Remember that these candles should be done on the day of the function and the very earliest the day before, but not earlier than that because the fresh flowers will rot in the water.

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Gel Candy Candle

Requirements:
Gel wax (Soap Barn)
Glass vase
Wick (Soap Barn)
Sustainers (Soap Barn)
Kebab sticks (Chocolate Den)
Romance fragrance (Soap Barn) – Smells exactly like those little pink sweets
Candies:
Jelly beans
Romantics
Mini liquorice allsorts

Method:
Start by cutting your wick to size (and a bit). Melt the gel wax in a pot directly on the stove over a very low heat. When the gel is melted it will run like water. Dip your wick into the melted gel and hold it up so it can set straight. Fasten your sustainer to the bottom of your waxed wick. Position the wick in the middle of the vase using a tiny bit of prestik under the sustainer. Tie the top of the wick onto a kebab stick that balances on the top of the vase. (If you ultimately wish to have a bigger flame you can cut three pieces of wick and plait them. Then dip them in the wax and position them just as you would do with one strand.) Add Romance fragrance to your melted gel and then pour your melted gel into the glass1/5 of the way up. Leave to cool. Drop an assortment of your candies into the gel and leave them to suspend and set in the gel. Leave that layer to set and then pour your next layer and repeat the method till you have filled your vase to the top with different layers. You have to make this candle in stages because you need your sweets to be suspended throughout the candle and if you just fill your vase with gel and drop in the sweets all your sweets will just sink to the bottom. Your candle will burn for months because gel wax is a very slow burner. The house will be filled with the gorgeous scent of Romance.

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Mango + Orange Body Butter Candle

Requirements:
250g Soy wax (Soap Barn)
Mango fragrance and orange fragrance (Soap Barn)
Orange oil colouring (Soap Barn)
Candle wick (Soap Barn)
Box and lid candle holder (Soap Barn)

Method:
Melt the soy wax in the microwave for three minutes. When melted add your fragrance. Position your wick in the middle of the container and make sure it stays upright by placing kebab sticks on either side. Leave to set. Light the candle when you go for a bath or shower. The room will be filled with ambient light and wonderful fragrance. After bathing use the warm melted wax to rub all over your body for the softest, smoothest skin.

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Vanilla + Lemon Scented Paste Candle

Requirements:
250ml Candle Paste (Soap Barn)
Brown oil colouring (Soap Barn)
Vanilla fragrance and lemon fragrance (Soap Barn)
Candle wick (Soap Barn)
Box and lid candle holder (Soap Barn)

Method:
Melt the candle paste in a pot on the stove. It will not melt in the microwave. When melted add 50ml vanilla fragrance and 50ml lemon fragrance and 2 drops of brown oil colouring. Position your wick in the middle of the container and make sure it stays upright by placing a tiny bit of prestik under the wick’s sustainer. Pour the melted candle paste into the container and leave it to set. Your candle paste candle will burn for hours and hours and hours. It has fantastic scent throw and your whole house will be filled with a gorgeous vanilla and lemon scent for days on end.

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Floating Candles

Requirements:
White powder candle wax (Soap Barn)
Pre-waxed wicks (Soap Barn)
Cookie cutter (Chocolate Den)
Baking tray (Chocolate Den)
Kebab sticks (Chocolate Den)
Tin foil
Candle dyes (Soap Barn) or Wax crayons (for other colours)

Method:
Melt your wax gently in a pot on the stove. When melted pour your wax into a baking tray that you have covered in foil. Leave to cool and set partially. When your wax is almost set (still warm and not yet hard) take your cookie cutter and cut shapes out of all the wax on the tray. Take a kebab stick and make a hole through each shape you have cut. Leave your wax to cool completely and set. Once set separate out all your shapes. Now thread your pre-waxed wicks (with sustainers attached) through each cut out shape. Your candles are now ready to be dipped. Fill a small pot or tin with melted wax. Throw a piece of wax crayon into your melted wax and stir it well till the crayon is melted and the colour properly mixed through. Hold your candle by the wick and dip it in the brightly coloured wax – dip it as many times as you like but not less than seven or eight times. When you have finished dipping your candles cut your wicks down to size. Float your candles in a bowl of water with flowers (for a dinner party) or in your bath (for romance) or in your swimming pool when you have your friends over for a braai!

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Waterlily Floating Candle

Requirements:
White powder candle wax (Soap Barn)
Pre-waxed wicks (Soap Barn)
Round cookie cutter (Chocolate Den)
Baking tray (Chocolate Den)
Kebab sticks (Chocolate Den)
Tin foil
Candle dyes (Soap Barn) or Wax crayons (for other colours)

Method:
Melt your wax gently in a pot on the stove. When melted pour your wax into a baking tray that you have covered in foil. Leave to cool and set partially. When your wax is almost set (still warm and not yet hard) take your cookie cutter and cut shapes out of all the wax on the tray. Take a kebab stick and make a hole through each circle you have cut. Leave your wax to cool completely and set. Once set separate out all your circles. Now thread your pre-waxed wicks (with sustainers attached) through each cut out shape. Your candles are now ready to be dipped. Fill a small pot or tin with melted wax. Hold your candle by the wick and dip it in the wax – dip it as many times as you like but not less than seven or eight times. When you have finished dipping your candles they are ready to be made into waterlilies. Have a jug of cold water next to you. Take a dessert spoon and dip it twice into your melted wax. Then scrape away the wax on the edges so that the wax in the front of the spoon is not attached to the wax at the back of the spoon. Then place your spoon in the jug of cold water. Repeat this process with more spoons. The wax will lift off the spoons in the cold water jug and you will have all the petals you require to make your waterlily. Scoop some melted wax into the bottom of your petal and quickly place it on the dipped circle you made earlier. Start close to the wick and do the inner circle of petals first. Then stick more petals around first petals so that your waterlily grows bigger. Continue till you have no more space left on your dipped circle. These unique and gorgeous candles are really beautiful for very special parties for very special guests. Light them just as the guests sit down to dinner. The waterlilies will melt quite fast but the rest of the candle will burn throughout your meal. Float your candles in a bowl of water with flowers (for a dinner party) or in your bath (for romance) or in your swimming pool when you have your friends over for a braai!


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Lemongrass Body Butter Candle

Requirements:
250g Soy wax (Soap Barn)
Lemongrass fragrance (Soap Barn)
Yellow oil colouring (Soap Barn)
Candle wick (Soap Barn)
RBS box square natural (Soap Barn)

Method:
Melt the soy wax in the microwave for three minutes. When melted add your fragrance. Position your wicks in the middle of the square container (tow or three) and make sure they stay upright by placing a tiny bit of prestik under each sustainer and kebab sticks on either side. Pour your melted soy wax inot the RBS square box natural and leave to set.
Light the candle when you go for a bath or shower. The room will be filled with ambient light and wonderful fragrance. After bathing use the warm melted wax to rub all over your body for the best body butter ever and the softest, smoothest skin.

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Orange and Lemon Candle

Requirements:
White powder candle wax (Soap Barn)
Pre-waxed wicks (Soap Barn)
Flower cookie cutter (Chocolate Den)
Baking tray (Chocolate Den)
Kebab sticks (Chocolate Den)
Tin foil
Candle dyes (Soap Barn) or Wax crayons (for other colours)
Gel Wax

Method:
Melt your wax gently in a pot on the stove. When melted pour your wax into a baking tray that you have covered in foil. Leave to cool and set partially.
When your wax is almost set (still warm and not yet hard) take your cookie cutter and cut flowers out of all the wax on the tray. Take a kebab stick and make a hole through each shape you have cut. Leave your wax to cool completely and set.
Once set separate out all your flowers. Now thread your pre-waxed wicks (with sustainers attached) through each cut out shape. Your candles are now ready to be dipped.
Fill a small pot or tin with melted wax. Throw a piece of wax crayon into your melted wax and stir it well till the crayon is melted and the colour properly mixed through.
Hold your candle by the wick and dip it in the brightly coloured wax – dip it as many times as you like but not less than seven or eight times. When you have finished dipping your candles cut your wicks down to size. Now place them in your RBS box square natural.
Melt your gel wax gently in a pot on the stove. When melted pour it over the flower candles filling the RBS square box natural to the top.
This unusual candle will burn for so many hours you may have to leave it in your will to your grandchildren! When it is not burning keep the lid on to keep the dust off. This is a wonderful gift to give – gorgeous when lit or lovely when just closed.

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Midnight Gel Candle

Requirements:
1kg plaster of paris (Soap Barn)
1 Giant Cup Cake mould (Chocolate Den)
Black paint
Crystal stickers (Soap Barn and Chocolate Den)

Method:
Mix the plaster of paris with warm water till you have a porridge consistency. Coat the inside of both moulds with the plaster of paris mixture. Try and get the mixture as smooth and as even as possible. Leave the two sides a couple of days to set. When they are well set they will come out of the moulds very easily. Leave them to set in the sun for a day or two till they are white in colour and light in weight. Now mix some lustre sparkle into your black paint and paint the outside of the cup cake container top and bottom. Decorate the lid with crystal stickers. Your container is now ready to be filled with gel wax.


For the candle you will need:

Requirements:
1lt Gel Wax (Soap Barn)
Lustre sparkle (Soap Barn)
1 pack pre-waxed wicks (Soap Barn)
Black candle dye (Soap Barn)
Midnight perfume (Soap Barn)

Method:
Melt the gel wax in a pot directly on the stove over a very low heat. When the gel is melted it will run like water. Then add black candle dye and 20ml Midnight perfume to the melted gel. Dip the sustainer end of the wick into the melted gel and position the wick in the bottom of your cup cake. Then fill the cup cake to the top with black gel. Leave to set. This Midnight candle is spectacular and very in-expensive to make. It will be a wonderful gift to give at Christmas time and would also be stunning on your Christmas table.




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'Bug-Off' Citronella Candle

Ingredients:
1kg candle wax (Soap Barn)
Metal core wick (Soap Barn)
1 PVC cylinder and corrugated cardboard (Chocolate Den)
Citronella essential oil and yellow candle colouring(Soap Barn)

Method:
Melt your wax gently in a pot on the stove. When melted add your citronella essential oil and your yellow candle colouring. Cut a piece of corrugated cardboard to fit the bottom of the cylinder and a piece to fit around the inside. This protects the PVC from the hot wax and gives your candle a lovely textured feel and look. Place your pieces of corrugated cardboard in the PVC cylinder so the corrugated side faces in. Position your wick in the container and pour in your melted wax, leaving aside 1/5 of the wax. Leave your candle to set. Once it has set you will notice that it has set with a hole in the middle. This is usual when working with wax because it shrinks when it sets. Now melt the 1/5 left over wax and top up the candle where it has shrunk. Leave the candle now to cool and set completely. Then remove the PVC cylinder and corrugated cardboard from the candle and you have a gorgeous ‘Bug-Off’ citronella candle. Use your ‘Bug- Off’ citronella candle all summer (day and night) to keep away flies and mosquitoes and other undesirable creatures.

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'Bug-Off' Citronella Gel Travel Candle

Ingredients:
1lt Gel Wax (Soap Barn)
Tins (Soap Barn)
1 pack pre-waxed wicks (Soap Barn)
Yellow candle dye (Soap Barn)
Citronella essential oil (Soap Barn)

Method:
Melt the gel wax in a pot directly on the stove over a very low heat. When the gel is melted it will run like water. Then add a couple of drops of yellow candle dye and 20ml citronella essential oil to the melted gel. Dip the sustainer end of the wick into the melted gel and position the wick in the tin. Then fill the tin to the top. Leave to set. Use these ‘Bug-Off’ citronella candles indoors and outdoors all summer to keep away flies and mosquitoes and other bugs. These candles are wonderful to use when camping, hiking or out on a safari. Just close the lid and drop it in your travel pack to take with you wherever you go this summer.

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Gel Candles Cocktails

   

Ingredients:
1lt Gel Wax and 1kg powder wax (Soap Barn)
Attractive glasses
Pre-waxed wicks (Soap Barn)
Candle colours (Soap Barn)
Fragrances (Soap Barn)

Method:
Melt the gel wax in a pot directly on the stove over a very low heat. When the gel is melted it will run like water. Separate your gel into small holders so you can make different colours. Use one or two drops of colouring to each holder. You can fragrance the melted gel with a matching fragrance – eg. red cherry, yellow lemon, green mint… Dip the sustainer end of the wick into the melted gel and position the wick upright in the middle of the glass. Then pour one colour of melted gel into the glass. Leave to set. Then pour a layer of powder wax over the gel. Now pour another colour of melted wax over the layer of powdered wax. Continue this way till you fill the glass. Make a big mound of powder wax at the top of the glass. Very gently, warm your powder wax with your hairdryer. Start from far and come in closer and closer till the wax is warm and melting. Once the top of your candle is set your candle is ready to use. These candles make wonderful gifts and are stunning on a party table.

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Christmas Candle Lantern

  

Requirements:
1kg candle wax (Soap Barn)
Wick (Soap Barn)
Cinnamon fragrance (Soap Barn)
1lt plastic bucket for a mould
Decorative paper

Method:
Melt your wax gently in a pot on the stove. When melted add your fragrance oil. Position your wick in the bucket and pour in your melted wax. Leave your candle to set. Once it has set you will notice that it has set with a hole in the middle. This is usual when working with wax because it shrinks when it sets. Now melt your leftover wax and top up the candle where it has shrunk. Leave the candle now to cool and set completely. When your candle has set take it out of the bucket. Make a cylinder out of your decorative paper that will fit exactly around your candle. Light your candle and carefully place the cylinder over. This gorgeous candle shines a wonderful romantic light and delivers a warm, homely smell

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Christmas Candle

Requirements:
1kg candle wax (Soap Barn)
Wick (Soap Barn)
Cranberry fragrance (Soap Barn)
Red candle colouring (Soap Barn)
1lt plastic bucket for a mould
Decorative paper
Ribbon

Method:
Melt your wax gently in a pot on the stove. When melted add your fragrance oil and colouring. Position your wick in the bucket and pour in your melted wax. Leave your candle to set. Once it has set you will notice that it has set with a hole in the middle. This is usual when working with wax because it shrinks when it sets. Now melt your leftover wax and top up the candle where it has shrunk. Leave the candle now to cool and set completely. When your candle has set take it out of the bucket. Wrap decorative paper and ribbon around. For a room filled with a Christmas cranberry ambience these candles are a must!

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Cinnamon and Vanilla Body Butter Candle

Requirements:
350g Soy Wax (Soap Barn)
Vanilla fragrance (Soap Barn)
Cinnamon Fragrance (Soap Barn)
Candle Wick (Soap Barn)
Tea cup and saucer

Method:
Melt the soy wax in the microwave for three to five minutes. When melted add 10ml vanilla fragrance and three drops of cinnamon fragrance. Position your wick in the middle of the cup and make sure it stays upright by placing kebab sticks on either side. Pour your melted wax into the cup. Leave to set. Using Body Butter Candles: Light the candle and let the wax melt. Use the warm melted wax to rub all over your body for the softest, smoothest skin.

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Festive Gel Candle

Requirements:
Gel wax (Soap Barn)
Glass vase
Wick (Soap Barn)
Sustainers (Soap Barn)
Lustre colours: gold, lustre sparkle (Soap Barn)
Pink neon colour (Soap Barn)
Cranberry fragrance (Soap Barn)
Vanilla fragrance (Soap Barn)

Method:
Start by cutting your wick to size (and a bit). Melt the gel wax in a pot directly on the stove over a very low heat. When the gel is melted it will run like water. Dip your wick into the melted gel and hold it up so it can set straight. Fasten your sustainer to the bottom of your waxed wick. Position the wick in the middle of the vase using a tiny bit of prestik under the sustainer. Tie the top of the wick onto a kebab stick that balances on the top of the vase. (If you ultimately wish to have a bigger flame you can cut three pieces of wick and plait them. Then dip them in the wax and position them just as you would do with one strand.) Fragrance your melted gel. Divide the fragranced gel into three and colour each third with a different lustre powder. You can mix the neon pink and the lustre sparkle to get a sparkling bright pink. Then pour one colour of your melted gel into the glass 1/6 of the way up. Leave that layer to set and then pour your next layer and repeat the method till you have filled your vase to the top with different layers. Leave your candle to set. Your candle will burn for ages filling your house with the wonderful smells of cranberry and vanilla.

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Sand and Ice Lantern

Requirements:
Candle wax (The Soap Barn)
Candle wick (The Soap Barn)
Gold powder colouring (The Soap Barn)
Big bucket
Smaller bucket
Sand
Ice
White tapered candles

Method Step-by-Step:
Fill your big bucket with soft river sand. I bought a big bag at the toy shop. Stuff they use for children't sandpits. Press your smaller bucket (or any other container) into the sand in the big bucket. This is the shape your candle will be. So you can choose any shape depending on the container you press in.

Put your wax in a pot on the stove (never the microwave!) and melt it gently.

Remove your smaller bucket and you will find your chosen shape pressed into the sand

Now place your white tapered candle (from any supermarket) into the middle of the sand shape. Push it in a way so it holds in postion well.

Fill the sand shape around the tapered candle with ice cubes

Pour your melted wax over the ice so that it fills the entire sand shape

When your wax has set and hardened remove the candle from the sand and place it in your basin. The ice will continue to melt for some time and the candle needs to stand in a safe place while all the water runs off. Cut off the piece of candle sticking out the bottom of your ice lantern. Also cut down the tapered candle. Dust your candle in gold powder colouring and light it.

As the ice and sand candle burns down you will get a gorgeous lantern effect

Turn the lights off and see the stunning glow from your sand and ice lantern

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Floating Rose Candles

Requirements:
Candle wax (The Soap Barn)
Candle wick - pre-waxed with sustainer (The Soap Barn)
Rose mould (The Soap Barn)
Oil colours (The Soap Barn)
Long thin nail or metal knitting needle
Empty tin

Method:
Gently melt the candle wax in a pot on the stove. Once melted leave it to cool till it starts looking less like water and more like milk. But don't over do the waiting because it will set. You need to let it cool to pour into the mould. Once you have tried this you will know exactly what I mean. Pour the cool wax into the mould and leave it to set. When it has set it will fall out of the mould with great ease. So make sure you unmould the roses over a table so they don't fall on the floor and break. Heat your long thin nail or knitting needle over the stove. Pick it up with oven gloves and make holes directly through the middle of the roses. Thread your wick through the hole. The sustainer will keep it in place. Pour melted wax into a tin and colour it with candle/oil colouring. Hold the rose by the wick and dip it once or twice into the coloured wax in the tin. You can decorate the dipped roses with melted wax of different colours. Your floating roses will make a lovely centerpiece for your table when you have guests.

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Ladybird Candles

Requirements:
Candle wax (The Soap Barn)
Candle wick - pre-waxed with sustainer (The Soap Barn)
Ladybird mould (The Soap Barn)
Oil colours (The Soap Barn)
Long thin nail or metal knitting needle
Empty tin

Method:
Gently melt the candle wax in a pot on the stove. Once melted leave it to cool till it starts looking less like water and more like milk. But don't over do the waiting because it will set. You need to let it cool to pour into the mould. Once you have tried this you will know exactly what I mean. Pour the cool wax into the mould and leave it to set. When it has set it will fall out of the mould with great ease. So make sure you unmould the ladybirds over a table so they don't fall on the floor and break. Heat your long thin nail or knitting needle over the stove. Pick it up with oven gloves and make holes directly through the middle of the ladybirds. (Cruel! But necessary) Thread your wick through the hole. The sustainer will keep it in place. Pour melted wax into a tin and colour it with red candle/oil colouring. Hold the ladybird by the wick and dip it once or twice into the coloured wax in the tin. You can decorate the dipped ladybirds with melted wax coloured black. These are fun fantastic candles for any occassion.

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Water Candles

Requirements:
Candle wax (The Soap Barn)
Big bucket
White tapered candles

Method:
This candle takes a little practice. The ones you see in the pic above are my third and fourth attempt. The first two attempts were about learning the technique. Fill a deep bucket with cold water. Gently melt your wax in a pot on the stove - NOT in the microwave. Hold your tapered candle so the bottom is submerged into the water about 4cm. Pour some melted wax into the bucket of water and allow it to settle around the bottom of the candle. You can slowly twist the candle while this happens. Stand there about 20 seconds while the wax sets and sticks to the tapered candle. Now lower the candle a little more and pour in more melted wax. Slowly turn the candle and let the wax set around it. Keep doing this till you reach the top of the candle. Don't try to do too much at a time and don't twist your candle too fast or too much. I found that quiet, gentle patience worked best while making this candle. Do little bit by little bit and you will get the best results. These are great fun to make and of course they are unique, each one different. Of course they will make glorious centre piece candles for your dinner table.

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Cup Cake Candles

Requirements:
Candle wax (The Soap Barn)
Candle wick - pre-waxed with sustainer (The Soap Barn)
Cup Cake mould (The Soap Barn)
Oil colours (The Soap Barn)
Long thin nail or metal knitting needle
Empty tin

Method:
Gently melt the candle wax in a pot on the stove. Once melted leave it to cool till it starts looking less like water and more like milk. But don't over do the waiting because it will set. You need to let it cool to pour into the mould. Pour into the cavities for the top and bottom of the cup cake. Once you have tried this you will know exactly what I mean. Pour the cool wax into the mould and leave it to set. When it has set it will fall out of the mould with great ease. So make sure you unmould the cup cakes over a table so they don't fall on the floor and break. Heat your long thin nail or knitting needle over the stove. Pick it up with oven gloves and make holes directly through the middle of the cup cakes, top and bottom. Thread your wick through the holes of both top and bottom of the cup cake so it comes together as one. The sustainer will keep it in place. Pour melted wax into a tin and colour it with candle/oil colouring. Hold the cup cake by the wick and dip it once or twice into the coloured wax in the tin. You can decorate the dipped cup cakes with melted wax of different colours. These are lovely candles for parties - They will go down a treat!

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Apple and Pear Candles

Requirements:
Candle wax (The Soap Barn)
Candle wick (The Soap Barn)
Apple mould (The Soap Barn)
Pear mould (The Soap Barn)
Oil colours (The Soap Barn)
Long thin nail or metal knitting needle
Empty tin
Bulldog clips (The Chocolate Den)
Empty tin

Method:
Firstly cut out your moulds with about 1cm border around the edges. Make a small hole (10c piece size) in the leaf at the top of one side. Take a long piece of wick and position it in the middle of the two moulds when you clip them together with bulldog clips. Gently melt the candle wax in a pot on the stove. Once melted leave it to cool till it starts looking less like water and more like milk. But don't over do the waiting because it will set. You need to let it cool to pour into the mould. Once you have tried this you will know exactly what I mean. Pour the cool wax into the mould though the small hole you made on top in the leaf and leave it to set. When it has set it will come out of the mould with great ease. Release the bulldog clips and pop your candle out. Pour melted wax into a tin and colour it with candle/oil colouring. Hold the apple/pear by the wick and dip it once or twice into the coloured wax in the tin. You can decorate the dipped fruit with melted green wax on the leaves. A bowl of candle fruit will look stunning on your table when you have guests.

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