Soap Queen » Home Crafts http://www.soapqueen.com Tutorials on soapmaking, bath fizzies, lotions and more Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:17:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.5 12 Days of Christmas: Winter Gardenia Ombre Candlehttp://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/12-days-christmas-winter-gardenia-ombre-candle/ http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/12-days-christmas-winter-gardenia-ombre-candle/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:16:20 +0000 http://www.soapqueen.com/?p=42081 When temperatures begin to drop, nothing beats cozying up inside. Create a lovely ambiance by making (and lighting) a candle. This Winter Gardenia Fragrance Oil candle fills the room with a […]

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When temperatures begin to drop, nothing beats cozying up inside. Create a lovely ambiance by making (and lighting) a candle. This Winter Gardenia Fragrance Oil candle fills the room with a unique floral scent. With notes of peppermint, gardenia, lily and jasmine, this scent is perfect for the holiday season and cold days.

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This candle features layered blue hues, which become lighter from bottom to top. Easy to make, this project does require a bit of patience as it is important to let each layer cool and harden before pouring the next. As part of our 12 Days of Christmas Promotion, the 8 oz. Glass Bail Jar is 30% off until tomorrow at noon, PST. No coupon is necessary!

 

What You’ll Need:
8 oz. EcoSoya Advanced Wax
8 oz. Glass Bail Jar 30% off until Nov. 17th at noon, PST
Cobalt Blue Wax Dye Block
Black Wax Dye Block
.6 oz. Winter Gardenia Fragrance Oil
Cd-16 Wick

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ONE: In a heat safe container, melt 8 oz. of EcoSoya Advanced Wax in the microwave in 30-second bursts or over a double boiler. Add .6 oz. of Winter Gardenia Fragrance Oil and stir to combine.

ONETWO: Using a cheese grater, grate the Black Wax Dye Block and Cobalt Blue Wax Dye Block. Doing so helps measure more accurate amounts of dye block into each layer of the candle.

THREETHREE: Split the wax into four containers. Each container should weight two ounces. 

TWOFOUR: To one container, add .5 tsp of black wax, and .5 tsp of blue wax. Stir until the colorants have melted and are completely incorporated. Cut through half of a straw and place the wick through it. The wick should touch the bottom of the candle. Pour the wax into the bail jar, and allow to fully cool and harden.

FOURFIVE: Reheat a 2 oz. container of wax in the microwave using 15 second bursts. Add .75 tsp. of blue wax and a small pinch of black wax. Stir until completely incorporated, and pour onto the cooled first layer. Allow to fully cool and harden.

SIX: Reheat a 2 oz. container of wax in the microwave using 15 second bursts. Add .25 tsp. of blue wax and stir until fully incorporated. Pour over the hardened second layer, and allow to fully cool and harden.

SEVENSEVEN: Reheat the last 2 oz. container of wax in the microwave using 15 second bursts. Add a small sprinkle of blue wax, and stir until fully incorporated. Pour over the hardened third layer, and allow to fully cool and harden. Trim the wick, and allow the candle to cure for 48 hours. This allows the fragrance to set up properly. Enjoy!

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 If you are looking for more information on candle making, check out these tips along with a summery layered candle tutorial. What is your favorite fragrance to use when making candles?

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12 Days of Christmas: Holiday Glam Nail Polishhttp://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/holiday-glam-nail-polish/ http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/holiday-glam-nail-polish/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:06:20 +0000 http://www.soapqueen.com/?p=41647 Red and green are classic and beautiful holiday colors. But every once and awhile, it’s nice to shake things up! Gold, silver and merlot hues are both glamorous and sophisticated, […]

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BlogFinal_500pxRed and green are classic and beautiful holiday colors. But every once and awhile, it’s nice to shake things up! Gold, silver and merlot hues are both glamorous and sophisticated, making them perfect for nail polish. These four festive colors make an adorable holiday gift set. They are also the perfect size for stocking stuffers!

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What You’ll Need:
About 2 oz. Suspending Nail Polish Base
4 Nail Polish Bottles (15 mL size) 30% off until Nov. 16th noon, PST.
4 Nail Polish Mixing Balls
Mini Scoops
Gold (light) Mica
Cellini Red Lip Safe
Mica
Merlot Sparkle Mica
Gold Sparkle Mica
Gold Nail Polish Glitter
Silver Nail Polish Glitter
Super Pearly White Mica
Optional: Tiny Funnels

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ONE: In a well-ventilated space, pour the nail polish base slowly into the nail polish bottles. Fill until just below the shoulder of the bottle to allow for mixing room. If you spill, use an old rag to wipe the neck of the bottle. If you forget to do this, your lid may “glue” itself to the bottle. Please note that nail polish is extremely flammable and should never be customized near any open flame or extremely hot heat source (say, a stove or something like that). TWO: Drop a mixing ball into each nail polish bottle. THREE: Using a mini scoop, add the following:

  • To one bottle, add 16 scoops of Gold (light) Mica.
  • To the second bottle, add 8 scoops Cellini Red Lip Safe Mica and 8 scoops Merlot Sparkle Mica.
  • To the third bottle, add 16 scoops Gold Sparkle Mica and 16 scoops Gold Nail Polish Glitter.
  • To the fourth bottle, add 16 scoops Super Pearly White Mica and 16 scoops Silver Nail Polish Glitter.

FOUR: Insert the brushes into the bottles and twist the black cap over it until you hear a “click.” Once the cap is securely on the bottle, start shaking! Shake the bottle for 3 – 5 minutes to fully disperse the colorant into the nail polish base. FIVE: When the colorant has been fully dispersed, you’re finished. Enjoy! Perhaps create some fun designs with these stand out colors? Some tutorial ideas here, here and here. BlogFinal3Square_500px

 Do you have a go-to nail polish color? I love wearing neutral shades, but for special occasions metallics are a nice change.

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12 Days of Christmas: Green & Red Wax Meltshttp://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/12-days-christmas-green-red-wax-melts/ http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/12-days-christmas-green-red-wax-melts/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:08:34 +0000 http://www.soapqueen.com/?p=42010 With cheery hues and a warm vanilla scent, these Green and Red Wax Melts are perfectly festive! Wax melts, also known as wax tarts, are a great alternative to candles. Flame […]

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With cheery hues and a warm vanilla scent, these Green and Red Wax Melts are perfectly festive! Wax melts, also known as wax tarts, are a great alternative to candles. Flame free and easy to make, wax melts fill your home with scent in minutes. Simply place the cube on a warmer tray to melt the cube and release the fragrance.

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The Small Cube Mold & Package acts as a mold and packaging, making this project incredibly easy to give this holiday season. As a bonus, this mold is 30% off until tomorrow at noon, PST. No coupon is necessary, simply add the item to your cart and complete the purchase before tomorrow at noon, PST.

What You’ll Need:
32 oz. EcoSoya Advanced Wax
Hunter Green Wax Dye Block
Red Wax Dye Block
2 oz. French Vanilla (Candle & Soap) Fragrance Oil
Small Cube Mold & Package, Plastic (Ten molds) 30% off until Nov. 14th at noon, PST

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ONE: In a heatsafe container, melt 32 ounces of EcoSoya Advanced Soy Wax in the microwave or in a double boiler. Split the wax into two equal containers. To one container,  add shavings of the Red Wax Dye Block and stir with a spoon to fully incorporate.

TWO: To test the color, dip a cold spoon into the wax. This allows you to see what the wax will look like after it cools and hardens. If necessary, add more Red Wax Dye Block until a red hue is achieved.

THREE: Add 1 oz. of French Vanilla Soap and Candle Fragrance Oil into both containers, and stir until fully incorporated.

FOUR: Add shavings of the Hunter Green Wax Dye Block to the uncolored container until a rich green color is achieved.

FIVE: Pour the green wax into every other cavity in the Small Cubes Mold and Packaging. Fill in the remaining cavities with the red wax. Set aside to fully cool and harden.

SIX: Continue filling in each cavity with red and green wax. Set all molds aside and let fully cool and harden. This will take several hours.

SEVEN:  Once the melts have hardened, break off a cube of your scented wax, and place it in the warmer tray. Let the warm vanilla scent fill your home!

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12 Days of Christmas: Spicy Holiday Potpourrihttp://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/spicy-sweet-holiday-potpourri/ http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/spicy-sweet-holiday-potpourri/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:23:34 +0000 http://www.soapqueen.com/?p=41620 Around the holidays, homes are filled with delicious scents – baking cookies, savory spices and fresh Christmas trees. If you want a spicy holiday scent to fill your home, potpourri […]

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Around the holidays, homes are filled with delicious scents – baking cookies, savory spices and fresh Christmas trees. If you want a spicy holiday scent to fill your home, potpourri is easy to make and transport. In ten minutes or less, you have delightful potpourri to keep or give away as an adorable and fragrant holiday gift.

Cloves, dried orange peel and cinnamon sticks are layered into organza bags for an elegant and natural look. The natural spices are accented by nature fix scented with citrusy and sweet Christmas Spice Fragrance Oil. It’s the perfect way to fill your home with holiday cheer. As a bonus, Dried Orange Peels are 30% off for 24 hours until November 12 at noon, PST. No coupon necessary. 

What You’ll Need:

3 oz. Nature Fix

4 mL Christmas Spice Fragrance Oil

3 oz. Whole Cloves

2 oz. Orange Peel, Ribbon Cut 30% off until November 12th at noon, PST. 

18-20 Cinnamon Sticks

2 Large White Organza Bags

Optional: Droppers

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ONE: In a glass container, measure out 3 oz. of Nature Fix. Add 4 mL of Christmas Spice Fragrance Oil and mix together with gloved hands. Ideally, you’ll let it sit for at least 2 hours to allow the fragrance to soak in. But, if you’re in a gift-giving pinch, you can skip that 2-hour process.

TWO: Add 1.5 oz. of cloves to each organza bag. You can use a scale to measure out your ingredients, or you can eyeball half in each bag.

THREE: Add 1.5 oz. of nature fix to each bag.

FOUR: Add several pieces of orange peel into each bag. 

FIVE: Add about 8 cinnamon sticks to each bag.

SIX: Pull the bag strings tight and your project is ready to gift, sell or keep at home!

What is your favorite holiday-type scent to fill your home with? 

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12 Days of Christmas: Scented Beeswax Ornamentshttp://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/12-days-christmas-festive-beeswax-ornaments-2/ http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/12-days-christmas-festive-beeswax-ornaments-2/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:00:49 +0000 http://www.soapqueen.com/?p=41944 The holiday season will soon be upon us. With only 44 days until Christmas, now is the perfect time to start creating homemade gifts. Starting today, keep your eyes on […]

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The holiday season will soon be upon us. With only 44 days until Christmas, now is the perfect time to start creating homemade gifts. Starting today, keep your eyes on the blog for 12 days of consecutive holiday inspired tutorials. All the projects are easy to make and even easier to give!


As a bonus, each tutorial features one ingredient that will be 30% off for 24 hours starting at noon, PST. No coupon necessary, simply add the item to your cart and finalize your purchase before noon tomorrow.

To kick things off, these Scented Beeswax Ornaments are the perfect addition to your Christmas tree. Scented with Woodland Elves Fragrance Oil, these ornaments smell like a fresh pine, clove and juniper. If you have a fake tree this year, these ornaments are a great way to bring the fresh Christmas tree scent inside!

What You’ll Need:
Medium 9 Ball Silicone Mold 30% off until Nov. 11th at noon, PST
16 oz. White Beeswax
4 oz. Woodland Elves Fragrance Oil
1/2 tsp. Merlot Mica
1/2 tsp. Super Pearly White Mica
1/2 tsp. Gold Sparkle Mica
1/2 tsp.  Green Chrome Oxide
1/2 tsp. Cellini Red Mica
Droppers
Ribbon

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Note: This recipe makes several batches of ornaments. Once you make the first batch and remove the cooled ornaments, reheat the beeswax in the microwave to make another! 
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: To a separate heat safe containers,  add 1/2 tsp. of Super Pearly White Mica, Green Chrome Oxide, Gold Sparkle Mica, and Merlot Mica. To the container containing Merlot Mica, add 1/2 tsp. Cellini Red Mica.
TWO: To each container, add 2 tbs. of Woodland Elves Fragrance Oil and use a spoon to thoroughly mix.

THREE: If necessary, use a mini mixer to get rid of any clumps.

FOUR: Melt beeswax over a double boiler. If you’d like you can use the microwave, just be careful! Because beeswax has an extremely high melting point, the container can get very hot (and possibly explode) if microwaved too long. Pour the melted beeswax evenly into each container, about 4 ounces.

FIVE: Use a spoon to thoroughly mix the wax, fragrance and colorants.

SIX: Using droppers, add 6 mL of wax into each cavity using various colors to complete the first layer. Allow to cool and harden. For our ornaments, we used a combination of red/gold and green/white, but you can use whatever color combinations you like!
Note: Work quickly, as the wax will harden in the droppers if it gets too cool. 

SEVEN: Using the droppers, add 6 mL  of wax on top of the hardened first layer using a contrasting color. Allow to full cool and harden.

EIGHT: Continue layering colors until each cavity has three 6 mL layers of beeswax.

NINE: After pouring the last layer, place a ribbon on top of the melted wax, and hold for several seconds until the wax cools and is able to support the ribbon. Once the ornaments are fully cool, remove from the mold and enjoy!


 What are you decorating your tree with this year? Have a fun color scheme? 

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Neroli & Shea Blossom Wax Tart Meltshttp://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/neroli-shea-blossom-wax-tart-melts/ http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/neroli-shea-blossom-wax-tart-melts/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:06:07 +0000 http://www.soapqueen.com/?p=41434 On a cold and rainy day, there is nothing better than filling your home with a warm scent. Wax tart melts are a fun alternative to candles and require no […]

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On a cold and rainy day, there is nothing better than filling your home with a warm scent. Wax tart melts are a fun alternative to candles and require no open flame. Simply melt down wax, add your fragrance and color, and heat the tart on a warmer tray to release the fragrance. They’re easy to create and are a great project for beginners.


Neroli & Shea Blossom Fragrance Oil is a fantastic blend of bergamot, orange blossom and amber, making it a great choice for a home fragrance. It also blends beautifully with a wide variety of fragrances, including Smoky Patchouli and Vetyver Fragrance Oils. If you’d like more blending ideas for this project, check out this idea sheet!

What You’ll Need:
32 oz. Ecosoya Advanced Wax
2 oz. Neroli and Shea Blossom Fragrance Oil
Orange Wax Dye Block
10 Small Cubes Mold and Package, Plastic
Clean Up Tool

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ONE: In a heat safe container, measure 32 oz of Ecosoya Advanced Wax. Heat this in 30 second bursts in the microwave until completely liquid.

TWO: Add 2 oz of Neroli and Shea Blossom to the melted wax, and stir gently.
THREE: Now, add your colorant. Using the wide end of the soap clean up tool, scrape off shreds of the orange dye block. We used approximately 1 tsp of shreds to achieve our light orange color, but you can add more.
TIP: To check what color the final bars will be, run cold water or an ice cube over a spoon. Quickly dip the cold spoon into wax, and the solidified wax will be a good representation of the color of your final product.

FOUR: Pour the mixture into the small cubes molds, just below the brim. Let the molds set for at least 6 hours, or until fully hard.
TO USE: Break off a cube of your scented wax, and place it in the warmer tray. Let the fresh scent of a relaxing getaway fill your home.
What is your favorite type of fragrance to fill your home with? In addition to Neroli and Shea Blossom Fragrance Oil, I love Chai Tea Cybilla Fragrance Oil used in this Chai Tea Latte Candle project!

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Mica Paint & Glitter Pumpkins (3 Different Ways!)http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/mica-glitter-pumpkins-3-different-ways/ http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/mica-glitter-pumpkins-3-different-ways/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:09:23 +0000 http://www.soapqueen.com/?p=41327 One of my favorite things about Halloween is the decorating. Yes, candy and costumes are fun, but Halloween decorations means crafting! If you are throwing a Halloween party (or even […]

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One of my favorite things about Halloween is the decorating. Yes, candy and costumes are fun, but Halloween decorations means crafting! If you are throwing a Halloween party (or even if you aren’t) these pumpkins covered in metallic glitter and mica really bring the wow factor. While they are not suitable for the outdoor elements, they make fantastic centerpieces and indoor flair.
Making these pumpkins is a ton of fun, and does not involve any sharp and dangerous tools. In fact, you probably have a large majority of the necessary supplies already! The mica painted pumpkins are a great rainy day project. If you are making the glitter pumpkin you may consider crafting outside or covering your work surface. The glitter can get a little messy =)

What You’ll Need (for all three pumpkins):
Gold Nail Polish Glitter
Silver Nail Polish Glitter
Heavy Gold Mica
Black Oxide Pigment
Luster Black Mica
99% Isopropyl Alcohol
Mod Podge
Masking/painters tape
Various paint brushes

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Let’s make some pumpkins! This post includes three different styles: mica painted polka dots, glitter stripes and a combo of the two. Of course you are not limited to these ideas, there are so many designs and colors that would work well. Some other ideas include chevron, spiderwebs, neon micas and various glitter colors!

Technique One: Mica Painted Polka Dots

ONE: To create the mica and oxide paint, mix equal parts mica or oxide with 99% isopropyl alcohol in a small container. If necessary, use a mini mixer to stir out the clumps. How much paint you need will depend on the size and quantity of your pumpkins, but a little goes a long way!
TWO: For this project, mix 1 tsp. Heavy Gold Mica, Black Oxide and Luster Black Mica with 1 tsp. 99% isopropyl alcohol. Fill a small container with alcohol to clean the brush in between colors. If necessary, wash off any dirt on the pumpkin and dry.
THREE: Begin drawing polka dots on the pumpkin. Because the paint is thin, do not put too much on your brush or it may drip.
FOUR: In between colors, dip the paint brush in a small amount of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol to clean the brush. Continue painting polka dots of various shades all over the pumpkin.
FIVE: Once happy with the design, spray the design with a thin layer of aerosol hairspray about 10 inches away from the pumpkin. Spraying with aerosol hairspray helps seal the paint, making it more resistant to smudging. It will not water proof the pumpkin.
TIP: Don’t spray too much hairspray, or the paint will begin to drip! Spraying the hairspray too close to the pumpkin can also lead to dripping. If this happens, use a wet paper towel or rag to clean up the drips, and touch up any smudged paint. 



Technique Two: Glitter Stripes

ONE: Rinse and dry your pumpkin. Using masking or painters tape, apply stripes of tape from the stem to the bottom until the entire pumpkin is covered. Applying the tape as even and straight as possible will lead to better results.
TIP: Place the pumpkin on top of newspaper or several small pieces of paper to aid in the cleanup.
TWO: Using a sturdy paint brush, apply Mod Podge glue to one section of pumpkin skin in between strips of tape.
THREE: Pour gold glitter onto the glue, allowing the glitter to fall onto the sheet of paper that the pumpkin is sitting on. Continue applying the gold glitter until the entire strip is covered. Pour the excess gold glitter back into the container.
FOUR: Repeat step three with silver glitter. Continue applying gold and silver glitter until the entire pumpkin is covered.
FIVE: Gently remove the tape strips. If necessary, clean up any glitter that got under the tape.
SIX: To prevent the glitter from falling off the pumpkin, spray the entire pumpkin with aerosol hairspray. Allow to dry, and apply another coat of hairspray.


Technique Three: Mica Dots & Glitter Stripes

ONE: Apply strips of masking or painters tape from the stem of the pumpkin, to the bottom of the pumpkin. Apply Mod Podge glue to every other section of pumpkin skin with glue. Pour silver glitter onto the glue, allowing the excess glitter to fall off.
TWO: Once every other taped section of pumpkin has been covered with silver glitter, gently remove the strips of tape.
THREE: Make mica/oxide paint using equal parts mica/oxide and 99% isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol. Stir thoroughly to mix, and if necessary, use a mini mixer to remove any clumps. Begin painting dots of various sizes and colors in between the strips of silver glitter.
FOUR: Once you’re happy with the design, spray the entire pumpkin with aerosol hairspray. Do not spray too much or too close, or the mica painting may drip (see photo above). Allow to fully dry, and apply another coat of hairspray. Allow to dry and enjoy!

What is your favorite way to decorate pumpkins for Halloween? Of course, I’m a fan of basic carving too!

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Orange Blossom Candle Tutorial + Candle Tipshttp://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/candles-q/ http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/candles-q/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 05:19:22 +0000 http://www.soapqueen.com/?p=21038 While candles are prominent in the fall and winter, when the correct fragrance is used candles are equally as enjoyable during summer. Using Orange Blossom Fragrance Oil, this candle project […]

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While candles are prominent in the fall and winter, when the correct fragrance is used candles are equally as enjoyable during summer. Using Orange Blossom Fragrance Oil, this candle project is perfect for adding fragrance and color to your home.

Need some tips for candle making? Below, I answer many common candle making questions. Covering everything from wick selection to frosting, your next candle project will be a breeze.

What You’ll Need:
16 oz. EcoSoya Advanced Soy Wax
Teal Wax Dye Block
Orange Wax Dye Block
Cd-16 Wicks (2 wicks)
.4 oz Orange Blossom (Candle and Soap) Fragrance Oil
8 oz Glass Bail Jars (2 jars)

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ONE: Shave off pieces of the Orange Wax Dye Block and Teal Wax Dye Block and set aside.

TWO: Melt 16 ounces of EcoSoya Advanced Soy Wax in the microwave on 30 second bursts. Once thoroughly melted, pour 8 ounces of wax into a separate container.

THREE: Add shavings of the Teal Wax Dye Block to one container of melted wax, and shavings of the Orange Wax Dye Block to the other container. Use a spoon to thoroughly mix the color. To test the color before pouring, use the “Frozen Spoon Trick.”

FOUR: Once you are happy with the colors, add .2 ounces of Orange Blossom Soap and Candle Fragrance Oil to each container. Stir to combine.
FIVE: Carefully pour 2 ounces of the blue wax into each 8 ounce bail jar. Place wick in the center, and use chopsticks, pencils or dowels to hold the wicks in place while the wax hardens.
SIX: Once the blue layer has cooled and hardened, pour 4 ounces of the orange wax into each glass bail jars. Pour the orange wax around 90 degrees to avoid it from melting the blue layer. At this point the orange wax may have cooled. Feel free to put it back into the microwave using 20 second bursts. Allow the orange layer to fully cool and harden.
Note: Dry time will vary depending on room temperature, but on average will take about 2 hours. 

SEVEN: Pour the remaining blue wax evenly into each glass bail jar, about 2 ounces for each jar. Allow to fully cool and harden.
EIGHT: Trim the wicks, and allow the candle to cure for 48 hours. This allows the fragrance to set up properly. Enjoy!

Q: Help! The top of my candle isn’t nice and smooth, what do I do?
Lumpy tops, divots or bumps your candles can be caused by too slow of a cooling process. You can fix this in a couple of different ways. Try increasing (or decreasing) your pour temperature in increments of +/- 10 degrees. Adjusting your ambient temperature and increasing air flow can also help prevent problems with your candles. Another way to remedy this problem is to grab a heat gun and aim it at those trouble spots from a 3-5 inch distance.

Q: I put fragrance in my candle, and now I can’t smell it!
We always recommend allowing your candles to sit (or cure) for at least 48 hours before burning to make sure the candle sets up properly. Another thing you want to make sure of, is that you are using fragrance that is compatible with your candle wax. Typically, adding in your fragrances above 135°F is going to give your candle a good hot throw. And, Bramble Berry has recently reformulated the candle fragrance line to use in candles, soap and lotions. Now you can make perfectly matching candle, soap and lotion ensembles; some the team’s favorites are Apple Macintosh and Pumpkin Pie.

Q: How much fragrance should I use in my candles?
When making container candles, we typically recommend using your fragrance choice at 4-6% of your entire candle weight. If you would rather work with actual numbers than percentages, hop on over to to the this blog post to learn how to to convert from %s to actual numbers.

Q: What do I use to color my candles?
Micas and oxides are great for soaping projects, but they don’t work as well in candles because they can clog the wick. Because pigments are heavy, they may fall to the bottom of the candle. The best colorants to use in candles are Wax Dye Blocks. Extremely concentrated and easy to mix in, one ounce of Wax Dye Blocks can color approximately 100 pounds of wax!

Q: What wick should I use for my candle?
When choosing a wick for your candle, it may seem that there are a million choices! Here is an easy chart that will help you decide:

Q: My candles are frosting, why?
Frosting on candles can occur when using soy or vegetable waxes and appears on the tops of candles as a white film or coating. Some factors that can affect the formation of frosting on your candles are fragrance, dye, pour temperature  cooling temperature and storage temperature. If you find that your candles are frosting, try increasing or decreasing the pour temperature by 10 to 30 degrees. While the candles cool, ensure the ambient room temperature remains fairly consistent. A room temperature of about 70 degrees is recommended.

Q: My candles are pulling away from the container, why?
If you find that there are gaps between the container and wax, this often occurs because of fluctuating temperatures that cause the wax to expand or condense. This problem is sometimes referred to as “wet spots.” Unfortunately once the candle pulls away from the container, it will not adhere again. If you find your candles separate from your containers, try increasing your pour temperatures or pouring into warm containers so that the wax and containers cool down at the same rate.

Have you made candles before? We would love to hear about your candle making experiences – and any tips I missed for the common candle problems.

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Garden Candle Tutorialhttp://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/garden-candle-tutorial/ http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/garden-candle-tutorial/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 21:13:18 +0000 http://www.soapqueen.com/?p=38334 April showers didn’t fail to deliver lots of May flowers. This clever Garden Candle is a fun way to bring the fresh scent of a spring garden inside. This candle […]

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April showers didn’t fail to deliver lots of May flowers. This clever Garden Candle is a fun way to bring the fresh scent of a spring garden inside. This candle features Sunny Herb Garden, which is May’s Sample of the Month. This fragrance performs wonderfully in cold process soap as it does not accelerate trace or discolor. It’s a sweet, floral scent, which makes it a great choice for fresh-smelling hair products or lotions.

And don’t forget, you can also use this project to participate in our Make It Month!

To participate, simple make a project using Sunny Herb Garden or Carnation Fragrance Oil. Then, post your photo on the Bramble Berry Facebook Page with the hashtag, ‘#BrambleGarden.’ We’ll post a collage of our favorite projects on the Soap Queen blog on June 9. Hurry, because the posting fun ends Friday, May 30. If you need a little inspiration, check out the photos that have already been posted here.

What You’ll Need:

20 oz Ecosoya Advanced Soy Wax

1 oz Sunny Herb Garden Fragrance Oil

4 Candle Pot Candle Containers

10 CD-12 Wicks

1 Orange Wax Dye Block

1 Hunter Green Wax Dye Block

1 Red Wax Dye Block

1 Dropper with Suction Bulb

1 Guest Botanicals Mold

1 Clean Up Tool

Click here to add everything you need for this project to your Bramble Berry shopping cart!

ONE: Melt 20 oz. of Ecosoya Advanced wax in a microwave safe container in 30 second bursts until clear.

TWO: Pour 4 oz. (volume measurement) of melted wax into smaller container.

THREE: Shave off a small pile of Hunter Green wax dye block, and put shavings into the 4 oz. of wax. To check the color, try the spoon trick: run cold water over a metal spoon, dry off, and quickly dip the tip of the spoon in your colored wax. This should give you an idea of what the green will look like when it is hardened.

FOUR: Once you are happy with the green, use your dropper to fill just the leaf section of the Guest Botanicals mold. Don’t fill this too full! You want just the leaf itself, not the rectangle part of the mold.

Tip: Wax that cools too rapidly can get a white haze on the surface. To prevent this haze on the leaves, fill a large flat container with hot water. Gently lay your leaf mold that has the wax in it, to float in this water. This will ensure your wax doesn’t cool too quickly.

FIVE: Shave off a pile of Orange and Red wax dye blocks. We used approximately 4 times the amount of orange to red. Add this to the large batch of uncolored wax, reheating it if necessary. Again, you can check the color of this wax using a cold metal spoon. Once you have a nice terra cotta color, measure out 1 oz. of Sunny Herb Garden Fragrance Oil. Add to colored wax and stir well.

SIX: Grab your flower pot containers and wicks. Using another dropper, place one drop of terra cotta wax in the center of a flower pot. Place a wick in this puddle of wax and hold it firmly until the wax sets up (about 10 seconds). Repeat for all four pots.

SEVEN: Fill flower pots almost to the brim with terra cotta wax. Use two pencils or chopsticks to hold wicks centered in the pot. Place each pot in a warm bath of water to help them to slowly cool.

EIGHT: Check on the green leaves. If they are solid, gently press on the back of the mold to release them. You will need three leaves per flower pot, so refill the leaves again, and repeat the water bath until you have 12 leaves total.

NINE: Once you have 12 leaves and all your terra cotta pots are set up, it is time to assemble the candles. Melt the remainder of the green wax. Using a dropper, dribble a little wax on top of the candle. Use this wax like glue to arrange three leaves around the top of each candle.

TEN: Trim wick to 1/2″, and your candle is ready to use! In case of waxy leaf dribbles, place your candle on a heat-safe surface so you can easily scrape away fallen wax. Our tests didn’t leak but just in case, protecting your surface is worth the extra step.

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Easy Elegant Coffee Filter Flowershttp://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/easy-elegant-coffee-filter-flowers/ http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/home-crafts/easy-elegant-coffee-filter-flowers/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 20:10:32 +0000 http://www.soapqueen.com/?p=38066 Real flowers are beautiful, but sadly they can’t last forever. These coffee filter flowers (yes, those are coffee filters) not only look like the real thing, but they also have […]

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Real flowers are beautiful, but sadly they can’t last forever. These coffee filter flowers (yes, those are coffee filters) not only look like the real thing, but they also have a much longer shelf life! These filter “flowers” are incredibly easy to make, and you can dye them an infinite number of colors using a wide array of LabColors. Make a dozen of them for a bouquet, place setting or cute garland.

What You’ll Need:

Pinkberry Sherbert LabColor

Impatient Pink LabColor

Coffee Filters

Note: Because LabColors are highly concentrated and will stain the skin, gloves are recommended for this project. For information on how to dilute LabColors, check out this blog post.

ONE: In a small container, pour a small amount of dilute one part Pinkberry Sherbet LabColor to two parts distilled water. In a small separate container, dilute one part Impatient Pink LabColor to three parts water. For an explanation of working in parts, see this blog post.

 TWO: Grab the coffee filter by the center, and gently fold up to create a cone-like shape.

THREE: Gently place the ends of the coffee filter into the Impatient Pink LabColor, flip up, and allow the color to drip down and saturate the filter. Set aside on a paper towel. The color will continue to absorb and color the entire coffee filter. If you’d like more color, simply dip into the LabColor again.

FOUR: Repeat this process with all coffee filters. Once the Impatient Pink has saturated the filter, dip the very ends into the PinkBerry LabColor and set aside on the paper towel.

FIVE:  If you’d like to make some darker petals as well (this color is shown on the right in the above photo), dip the coffee filter into the Pinkberry LabColor and let the color saturate the entire filter Set aside on a paper towel, and let dry.

SIX: Once the filters are fully dried, lay two filters on top of the other, grab from the center to make a cone shape, and wrap the tape around to create a “stem” and hold the two layers together. We used decorative washi tape for an extra splash of fun.

Have fun crafting – and if you make something fun, we want to see it on our Facebook page or just tag us on Instagram! =)

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