Candlemaking: Creative Designs and Techniques
David Constable considers candlemaking 'to be rather like cookery [in that] a few simple techniques are combined to produce endless variety. It is a fascinating and relaxing hobby which can be enjoyed by the whole family.' With this book you can master the basic techniques and discover a whole world of creative candlemaking. Packed with ideas and step-by-step practical instructions, it shows you how to make a marvellous selection of dipped, moulded and novelty candles. The candles illustrated, range from simple twisted, one colour and perfumed candles, to exotic snakes, landscapes and dramatic water candles. There is also a wealth of ideas for finishing and embellishing the surface of the candles using techniques such as painting, applique, ironing and carving.
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Common sense with candles Working with heat Priming wicks
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25cm lOin 5cm 2in allow the candle Applique approx ball-peen hammer beeswax sheet bowl burning Calligraphy candle EQUIPMENT Candle fruits candle to cool candlemaking carve wax centre chalky white dye chunks cold water coloured wax craft knife decorative diameter dip and carve Dip the candle dipped candle disc egg poacher EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS fill the mould finished candle flatten the base flexible mould Heat the wax hot wax hour layers length of 5cm lengths of 1.25cm liquid wax MATERIALS Double boiler METHOD minutes molten wax mould seal moulded candle one-colour candle overdipping wax Painting paraffin wax plaiting pressed flower prime the wicks primed wick quantities re-dip remove Sand candles saucepan shape shell spermaceti spoon tallow template thermometer thirty seconds three seconds water bath water candle wax wax and heat wax dyes wax glue wax to 82°C wax to 93°C Weighing scales whilst white spirit wicking needle yellow dye