Thursday, June 10, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Making Gel Candles for the Strawberry Festival

I decided to use gel wax in some of my strawberry scented candles. But since it was my first time using it I had a little trouble. For one thing, a double-boiler is insufficient! I figured this out after 5 hours! Thanks to the internet, I was able to find information that said I should melt over direct heat to 180-220 degrees using a thermometer and under strict supervision. If the wax burns, it apparently turns yellow and smells bad. I was good with that so I can't verify the color change and smell.

Next, when they say use the liquid dye sparingly, they mean it. I barely had some on the tip of a toothpick and that was just enough to tint the wax a blush color but my second batch ended up a little darker than I wanted but it still looks cool.

And last, if you want bubbles be sure to wait for your wax to cool. I guess I had lost patience on the second batch. I pour it too hot so not as many bubbles as first batch. It looks more like white zinfandel than champagne but oh well.

I think they turned out great! I wished I was able to get actual champagne glasses and I kinda wanted the strawberry to be suspended and not on the bottom. But they smell awesome and if they sell, I will be able to get the next batch closer to my vision.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Flea market update and new website design coming soon.

I was supposed to start going to the flea market to sell my products in April. Now April is gone and so is May. I really need to do this so that I can get past my fears. I am very disappointed in myself. I am going to try to shoot starting after the Strawberry Festival, like the next weekend (June 23?). I will probably have products left and I could take them to the flea market. Hopefully there are spaces inside and that it is not too far into summer to start trying. FOCUS AND MOTIVATION.

Also, I have spoken with my website designer and we are working on a new look for my site.  I am very excited about the change and am hopeful that it will be instrumental in improving my business. I hope we can unveil the new site by the end of the summer.