Beeswax Candles and how I made them!

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Today I decided to make beeswax candles.  My results are interesting, but the candles are still hardening as it takes 48hours before the candles are ready to be used!

Here’s what I needed:

  • 1lb of Organic Beeswax
  • 3/4 cup of Coconut Oil (I purchased mine at Costco)
  • Cotton Square Braid Candle Wicks
  • Glass Jars (I upcycled jars that used to contain food, etc.)
  • Large pot for boiling water
  • Chopsticks (or pencils/pens you don’t care get wax on them)
  • Tape, scissors, tongs, and hot mittsImage

Here’s how I made my candles:

  1. I found a jar large enough to hold the beeswax and coconut oil.  I filled this jar with the beeswax, put the lid on it, and put it inside the large pot. 
  2. I then filled the large pot with water and put the burner on high.  I let this sit and do its thing until all the beeswax was melted.  The beeswax formed a large sphere and then slowly melted away.  Image
  3. While the wax was melting I found my jars of choice!  I then grabbed my wicks, scissors, tape, and chopsticks.  I cut the wicks a few inches longer than the jars.  I then put a piece of tape at one end of  each of the wicks and taped it to the bottom of each jar.  I placed a chopstick on each jar opening and wrapped the wick around it.  I used tape to hold the wicks in place here too.  Take a look:
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  4. When the wax finally melted (it took awhile) I took it out of the pot with tongs.  I handled the jar with hot mitts and removed the jar’s lid.  I then put the coconut oil inside the jar, replaced the lid, and boiled the jar a tad more until everything was melted. 
  5. I then shut the heat off, removed the jar from the boiling water for the last time, took the lid off, and poured the wax and oil into each of the jars.  As you pour, make sure the wicks stay centered in the jars. 
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  6. From what I understand the candles have to sit 24 hours, then I cut the wicks from the chopsticks.  The candles then need to sit another 24hours before being used. 

Some Notes:

  • I based a lot of my DIY project on this blog
  • I wish I could say the brilliant idea of taping the wicks to the bottom of the jar was mine, but it’s not.  I found this idea in another blog, which I would LOVE to credit, but I currently can’t find it. =[  However, it was my idea to tape the top of the wicks to the outside of the jar to assist in keeping the wicks in the center of each jar.
  • You want to make sure the wick is kept centered in the jar while pouring the hot liquids.  I did not have any problems with this thanks to the tape on both ends of the wick.
  • I think my idea of using chopsticks was great as opposed to pencils because you can just throw away the chopsticks when you’re finished using them.  Also, you don’t have to waste any good pencils or pens behind this project either!  You could always save the chopsticks for next time too. 
  • I also preferred to use a big glass jar to melt the wax and oil so that I did not have to deal with the hassle of cleaning wax and oil out of pot I cared about. By using a glass jar I have lessened my clean up immensely! 
  • After my candles were made, I noticed there was directions on the wick’s package explaining to soak them in wax before use.  I did not do this so hopefully as the wicks soak in the wax and oil as the candle hardens this is enough…!  

I hope you enjoy this DIY.  I plan to post pictures of my finished candles too!

Until Next Time,

~SF

What’s going on SewFlo?!

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Hi Y’all,

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                This week I finished up my Fall 2013 semester of graduate school!  YES!  ::happy dance, happy dance::  This has given me a lot more time to dedicate to SewFlo.  Of course, I am super stoked about this little occurrence until I start my next semester in a few weeks. 

                In other news, we finally bought our Christmas tree this past Sunday.  The tree is so beautiful and our home looks absolutely festive now.  Christmas is such a fun holiday and I am going to try and give quite a bit of handmade gifts this holiday season.  As an Etsy shop owner, I can really appreciate beautiful handmade items and I hope others do too!

  The Shop

                Just a little FYI, today is the birthday of one of our shop members!  She makes the fabric storage baskets and knitting bags in our shop.  So a VERY Happy Birthday to her!  Love ya! Xo0oxo0

                We currently have over 60 items in the shop!  We are adding new items just about every week.  We are currently working on expanding the items offered to you.  Right now we have several knitting and cosmetic bags in the works.  We are also working on several women’s accessories, such as earrings and scarves. We have recently placed an order for new twill tags and are excited to receive them next week.=]  We plan to offer pacifier leashes in the near future too.  Needless to say we have been having a lot of fun making new items for you.

               I just wanted to remind you we have some AWESOME promotions going on in the shop right now.  For one, all domestic orders ship for free through December 25th.  We also are offering free gift wrapping so your goodies come wrapped and ready for gift giving this holiday season.  And last, but not least, you can get 15% off your order by being one of our 1st 15 customers with coupon code: 15to1st15

 Happy Shopping!

Until Next Time,

~SF

Star Wars and Free Stuff!

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Star Wars and Free Stuff!

FREE shipping and FREE gift wrapping on all domestic orders through December 25th! No coupon code required.

According to USPS:
Want your domestic packages by the 24th?
Package must be shipped by:
December 20th via First Class Mail
December 21st via Priority Mail Flat Rate
December 23rd via Priority Mail Express

Get your orders in now! New items to post to the shop this week too!

Until Next Time,

~SF

Giveaway! Click here to check it out!

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We’re involved in a Giveaway!

Hey Y’all,

We’re involved in a giveaway! There are also nine other small businesses owned by women involved too.  By entering this giveaway you have the opportunity to win great prizes.  There are many prizes and lots of ways to enter.  You should check it out and win yourself a nice gift for the holiday season.  You can also win items and give them as holiday gifts, that’s pretty sweet!  Check it out and good luck!

Until next time,

~SF