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.




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.




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.








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.




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.


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.

color in spinning

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.

colour works for spinners

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.