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Published January 20th 2016
I love learning new things and a Christmas present from my son saw me travelling through a rural setting to Arcadia one Sunday morning for a candle making class. The drive in the country was beautiful and I was feeling a million miles away from the big smoke.
On arrival at the property, I was welcomed by the host and a delightful craft room well set up. There was a quite a number of us in the class as it was the first one for the year after the Christmas holiday break. Others came from as far as The Blue Mountains in the west and Cronulla in the south. My trip was only 40 minutes but for all of us the journey was well worth it.
We discovered different waxes and wicks, learnt many tips and tricks, what to do and what not to do when dealing with hot wax, and when to add colour and fragrances. This family run business made it fun with host Doug's humour and easy with clear instruction and detail.
Three different waxes were used on the day – soy wax, palm wax and beeswax. Seven candles were made from standalone to container and tea lights. The beeswax was definitely the easiest with no melting of wax involved, although you can melt it to use in moulds and containers.
These looked plain white when hardened but smelt fantastic
Starting with the hardest first and the one taking the longest to solidify, we filled our glass containers with a fragranced soy wax. There was French Pear and Coconut Lime to choose from. I chose the latter and boy does it smell good. The soy wax gives a nice silky and smooth finish to the candle. We also used this type of wax for our tea light candles.
Our pyramid candles used a mould for the shape and differed in the fragrances and the wax. A passionfruit flavoured soy wax was used with a block of colour added to one whilst the other used palm wax and had a vanilla and raspberry flavour. I love the shattered frozen ice finish that the palm wax creates.
From these two candles below and the colours, without knowing the wax used, you would think the white one with the pinkish circle at the top was the vanilla and raspberry candle and the orange candle was the passionfruit flavoured pyramid. This is what you would normally do if you were making candles to sell, match up the fragrances with the colours you would expect. Yellow or orange for passionfruit and pink or red for raspberry, however, we mixed it up a bit. This is fine too and adds to the surprise of what you think you will smell. Really anything goes, especially if you are making it for yourself or friends.
Creamy soy on the left and crystalized palm on the right
The All Australian Candle Making showroom has all the supplies you need as well as kits to get you started. From glassware to ceramics, tins, antique jars and moulds for your candles, there is a great range to choose from. Some unique fragrances are available, like 'Sex on the Beach', as well as familiar scents and themed scents. For Christmas, there is Holly Berry and Cinnamon flavour, and Sticky Date Pudding flavour. Open from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, you can pick up all you need or you can order online and have your supplies delivered. Soap making supplies and kits are also available.
This half day class runs one Sunday each month (except February) in 2016, from 10am to 12.30pm, at a cost of $95. Check the website for available dates.
Overall, this candle soiree teaches you the basics and lays the foundation for you to continue and venture into more complex-made candles. Free online instructions and videos will help you further, with different techniques addressed.
Making a great hobby or future business and great for gift giving, try a class out for yourself and grab a friend to enjoy it with on a day's outing.