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Handmade Candles and Soaps

For Christmas I received a starter soap making kit and also a starter candle making kit. I have always wanted to try making candles and soaps so I was really happy to have received these kits.

Firstly I had a go at making candles. You don’t get much wax or many colours in the kit so I visited Hobbycraft and bought some extras.

The candles were really easy to make, you basically melted the wax, added the colouring, then added the scent (I used aromatherapy oils which I had) and then poured it all into the moulds, then left it to harden before turning out.

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The basic shapes came in the kit but I decided to use different ones, so I set about researching on Ebay what candle moulds they had. Through my research I found out that it was possible to make the candles using silicon cake moulds, so I sent for the little cup cake moulds and got all experimental.

Rather than having the candle in just one colour and one scent, I used three different colours and three different scents, so as you melt each colour you get a different scent.

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Making soap is basically the same as the kit came with prepared soaf which you melt and colour and scent, so the process was exactly the same as candle making.

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For Valentines I decided to make a set of candles and soaps in little heart shapes. They came out really well and I even sold a set in my Etsy shop. Again I used little heart shapes silicone cake moulds.

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You can find all of the above and much more at my Etsyshop and I will be adding more soon. Don’t forget you can subscribe and get an email everytime I put up a new post by entering your email address in the “subscribe” box at the right hand side of this post.

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Colour Work Reviews for Spinning

Last week I bought 2 items to help me with my hand-dyeing fibre and I have just realised that they are both by “Deb Menz” for Colourwork guru..

The first thing I got was the “Color in Spinning” book which I have had on my Amazon wishlist since I began dyeing fibre.

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I haven’t fully read this book, but from what I have read it is a wealth of knowledge. The book is 240 pages and I got the paperback version. There are loads of pictures and a lot of information on the “colour wheel” (which I have but have never used). It also goes through the various ways of dyeing fibre and also carding the fibre.

The second item I bought was the “Colour Works for Spinners” which is a 2 disc dvd. I opted for the download version to save on the postage costs as you can only buy it from America.

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I was hoping to get a lot of information and help on my drumcarding technique and I wasn’t let down. The dvd’s were all about using drumcarders and the various ways of blending different roving/batts to get multi-coloured batts. The end even shows you how to turn the batts into roving ready to spin.

After watching the first dvd I realised that my problems were putting too much fibre at one time on the drumcarder which meant the fibre wasn’t getting as thoroughly carded as I wanted it to be.

The dvd’s also show you how to use the “colour wheel” in an easy, straight-forward manner and most importantly it didn’t bombard you with information that you didn’t need to know at this stage.

I would definitely recommend both the book and the dvd and are well worth the money. I am now looking forward to having a go at dyeing some of my fibre and practising blending it.