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The Art of Gel Wax Candle Making
by Roger Bussey
When Penreco© introduced their Gel Wax product several years ago, there were a number of short articles in magazines on how to make candles with gel wax. Generally the recipe was to melt the wax in a pan, add color and scent and pour into a pre-wicked glass container of your choice.
I was fascinated with the gel wax products attributes, most of all that you got to start with a clean slate crystal clear wax. I felt that melting and pouring sounded somewhat boring and that there must be much more creative avenues with which to take this new medium.
Being a Coca Cola collector, I had always wanted a fake coke. I had been looking for a long time and had no luck. So that is what I started off to do make just one fake Coke to sit in my kitchen to match my décor. I bought some gel wax at a craft store but didn t find any color or scent that was recommended to use with gel wax. So I figured I would improvise. I used products recommended for parafin wax because that is all I could find. I had moderate success but found the end product looking and smelling dull. The wax ended up cloudy and the Coke didn t look REAL.
I finally turned to the internet to find gel candle supplies and found a new world of products awaiting to be turned into real looking fake drinks. It took me six months to realize that there were no shortcuts in making a realistic looking and scented fake drink. Once having the right products, the next level was learning how to use them correctly. How much and what combination of colors were needed to used for how much wax, at what temperature, with how much scent, to make whatever it was you were trying to mimic.
After countless hours of working with these products I realized that my initial feeling about gel wax had been correct there is no end to what you can make. My one candle project had suddenly turned into literally hundreds of candles from fake beer, to wine and champagne, margaritas, martinis, mountain dew, pepsi, pina coladas, daiquiris, candle-making kits, accessories and MORE.
Now, after six years of being hooked, my products look like and are scented to match almost any drink you can find in real life. It has become not only an obsession but a more than part-time business. I now have representation on several websites as well as an established wholesale base.
If you use your imagination, it's no telling where it can take you.
About the Author:
Roger Bussey is the owner of Little House of Gel Candles and a professional maker of handmade gel candles. Check out his site:
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