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Soy Candle Making Class at Gasworks Arts Park

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by Rachael Taylor (subscribe)
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Published February 12th 2013
How to classes are always informative, these are fun too
I was invited to attend a soy candle making workshop at Gasworks Art Park last weekend. I have to admit, I was pretty excited from the start. I also, embarrassed as I am to admit it thought that the class would be fun, but not that informative. After all, how hard can it be, right?

Handmade soy candle thanks to Frosa class at gasworks
My favourite new candle, scented with african geranium.

The first thing that you need to know about the classes, is that Frosa teaches both candle making, and soap making. She offers classes at Gasworks Art Park as I said, and in Gippsland. If you decide to sign up to a class at the Art Park, you should know that the classroom is not easy to find. Luckily Frosa knows this too, and had given me her mobile number so that I could call her for help!

Gasworks Art Park
The Art and Craft room is located in Richardson St, near the Pickle St intersection

It turns out that there's quite a lot you need to know about soy wax. It can only hold certain colour and scent quantities (all of which vary depending on specifics). The choice of wick is surprisingly mathematical, and the containers for the candles, while beautiful, are all chosen carefully. It will also dissolve in hot water, which means you don't need aprons.

Frosa spent the first 30 minutes or so of the class explaining these technical elements, along with how we were actually going to proceed. I feel that without info, we would have been far less successful when it came to the actual making.

Materials for soy candle making
Frosa also gave us a CD with information on it, in case we forgot it once we got home.

As part of the class, each student is supplied with the materials to make 5 candles, and 5 tea lights. There was a huge range of essential oils, fragrances, and colour blocks available with which to personalise our candles.

Melting soy wax in a rice cooker frosa
Frosa recommends that when working at home you use a double boiler, but rice cookers are perfect for in class.

Once we got started melting our wax, it became clear that Frosa, although a talented lecturer, is more comfortable with a casual approach. With a small group of 7 people, she quickly made the rounds, always seeming to appear in time to prevent the burning of wax, or an overly eager pourer.

Pouring a soy candle at gasworks art park
The colour of the candles pale as they cool

Aided by her sister in law, she helped us put into practice the skills that she'd just been telling us about. I'm sure that had I attempted the candle making at home, I would have poorer quality candles: small differences in the making process can drastically reduce burn time, and scent diffusion.

The soy candles I made in Frosa's class
The icy pole sticks keep the wicks centred while the candles set

All in all, I'm exceedingly glad that I was able to take the class, and I feel well equipped to try out more candle making at home.

The best way to book into one of Frosa's classes is via her website, here. If you mention that you came through weekend notes, she'll let you know about any special deals they are running at the time.
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*Rachael Taylor was invited as a guest
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Why? It's fun, and you get candles!
When: Check Frosa's website for upcoming classes
Phone: 0409821444 or 54283043
Where: Gas Works Art Park (or Gippsland)
Cost: $170, but they sometimes run special deals
Your Comment
I did this last weekend as well and the class was fabulous! highly recommend..Frosa was the perfect guide
by kboeh (score: 0|8) 2936 days ago
This looks like a lot of fun! Too bad I'm not in Melbourne or I'd give it a try.
by Sara Ikmal (score: 2|457) 2939 days ago
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