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Coffee Candle

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Bramble Berry’s 100% Handmade Mug is just too cute, we HAD to incorporate it into our coffee themed month! One of the best parts when using a mug as a candle jar is the extended burn time! How can you say no to a candle that burns longer?! The mug can handle heat better than normal glass, so the warmth of the container will not melt the wax quickly like a glass container does. This candle had a burn time of almost 40 hours! WOW!

What You’ll Need:

14 oz Nature C-3 Wax
CD 20 Wick
.9 oz Espresso FO
Orange Candle Dye Block
Black Candle Dye Block

100% Handmade Mug
Scale
Large (4 Cup) Pyrex
Butter Knife (2)
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**If you are not local, you can get all of this and more at Bramble Berry! They will ship directly to you!**

**Quick Tip**
Put a butter knife in the freezer. This comes in handy when you want to check on what color your candle will turn once it has completely cooled and solidified.

Weigh out 14 oz of Nature C-3 wax into a microwave safe container (we used a 4 cup Pyrex). Melt in microwave on 30 second bursts until fully melted (Approximately 3 1/2 min and 160 degrees Fahrenheit). Using a butter knife, shave about a third of the Black Candle Dye Block and mix into melted wax and mix well until fully melted.

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Using a clean butter knife, shred about half the amount of Orange Candle Dye Block and mix well until pieces have fully melted.

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It can be difficult to know what color your wax will be once it hardens, as it will look much darker when it is melted. Take the butter knife out of the freezer and dip it in the melted wax. It will instantly solidify to the color your candle will become.

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Once you have reached your desired color, add 0.9 oz Espresso F.O. and mix well.

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 Take the CD-20 wick and dip the end into the melted wax. Follow with ‘gluing’ the wick to the bottom of the mug. After the wick is adhered to the mug, grab a pen and lay it on top of the mug and carefully clip the wick into the pen as shown in the below picture. This helps the wick stay in place when you pour the wax.

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Slowly pour the melted wax into your mug until it is ALMOST full.

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You may have some extra wax. Bramble Berry offers Small Cube Wax Tarts for Wax Melts which are perfect for any extra wax.

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Cover your candle to help it insulate and cool slower. Let sit at least 24 hours before use to ensure the candle has completely solidified.

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Like this blog? Check out this Soap Queen blog on geometric candles!

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Spooky, Bloody Candle

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When Halloween comes around, costumes can range from simple dress up to full on gore. Make it appear as though there’s been a bloody “accident” in your house when you open the door for trick-or-treaters with this fun bloody candle!

What You’ll Need:

16 oz Pillar Blend Soy Wax
1 oz Tobacco & Bay Leaf FO
2 CD-16 Wicks
Red Candle Dye Block
Orange Candle Dye Block
Black Candle Dye Block
Glass Candle Container (your choice for pillar candle)
Easy Pour Container
Dropper

**If you are not local, you can get all of this and more at Bramble Berry! They will ship directly to you!**

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In an easy pour container weigh out 16 oz pillar blend soy wax and heat in the microwave on 30 second bursts until melted.

Once melted, add 1 oz Tobacco & Bay Leaf FO and mix in completely.

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Take the wicks and dip them in the hot wax, followed by ‘gluing’ them to the bottom of the candle container. This helps keep the wicks in place as you pour the wax.

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To help secure the wicks even more, place a pen (or two) against the wicks. This helps to keep them in place so they don’t fall over.

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Once the wicks are securely in place, pour the wax into the candle container to the top. Set aside any left over wax.

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Cover with a box or a bin to help cool down slowly and let it sit overnight to fully harden.

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Because this candle wax is designed not to adhere to the container, it will pop right out.

Melt down the remaining wax you have and add shavings of red, orange and black until you get a nice blood-red color.
*Tip: place a butter knife in the freezer while you are heating your wax and when you think you have the right color, dip that cold knife into the wax and it will instantly solidify to the color it will be hardened.*

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After you have reached your desired color, take a dropper and carefully drip down the entire candle.

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Because the red is such a small amount of wax, it instantly hardens.

Be sure to light the candle within a week or two as the red may bleed onto the white candle.

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If you don’t want to make a pillar candle, you can also make this same sort of candle inside a container!

Use the same method as stated above. Use a dropper to drip red down the sides of the container. Be sure not to turn the container too quickly, otherwise your ‘blood’ will start dripping horizontally.

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Adhere the wick and add the rest of the wax.

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Enjoy your spooky, bloody Halloween candles!

There are so many different ways you can create candles! Check out this Geometric Candle or even this Oil Candle. They both turn out great!

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Shell Candles

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Refresh and renew any room with this adorable beach-inspired decoration! Scented salts fill your space with delightful fragrance and you can customize your design to fit your style with these fun shell candles and display. 🙂

What You’ll Need:

6 oz EcoSoya XCel Wax
10 RRD-29 Wicks
15 oz Espsom Salt
15 oz Black Sea Salt
20 oz Medium Grain Dead Sea Salt
9 mL Island Coconut FO
18 drops Teal LaBomb
Approx. 10 Sea Shells (that can hold wax)
Large Glass or Plastic Container

**If you are not local, you can get all of this and more at Bramble Berry! They will ship directly to you!**

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In a container, weigh out 15 oz epsom salt and add 18 drops teal la bomb colorant. Wearing gloves, mix together until completely incorporated.

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Once the color is completely incorporated, add 3 mL island coconut fragrance oil. Mix mix mix!

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Weigh out 15 oz of black sea salt and add 3 mL island coconut fragrance oil and mix together. Set aside with the epsom salt.

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Last but not least, in the 20 oz of medium dead sea salt, add the remaining 3 mL island coconut fragrance oil and mix in completely. Set aside.

Using some sort of scoop, layer the three salts however you’d like.

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Now for the candles. Using a hot glue gun, glue the wicks to the bottom of the shells. Be sure to try and find shells with no holes in them or else the wax will seep out.

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Once all the wicks are in place, weigh out 6 oz ecosoya xcel wax and heat in the microwave on 30 second bursts. After the wax is completely liquid, pour the candle wax into each shell. Since there is such a small amount of wax, it won’t take long to solidify.

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Let the wax harden completely before you cut the wick down and place in the bowl of layered salt.

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We love these little shell candles for decoration more so then for lighting as there is very little wax. But scenting the salts will still make any room smell great!

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Want more great candle tutorials? This geometric candle is great for anyone!

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Travel Candle Trio

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When traveling, I bring something along with me to remember home. Sometimes it’s a key chain, sometimes a photo, but whatever the object it reminds me of the people and places I get to return to. Create your own comforting travel candle and give any hotel room or guest house that home-y feel.

What You’ll Need:

12 oz Advanced Wax
3 RRD 29 Wicks
3 (4 oz) Square Tins
(Only available at Otion)
0.75 oz Tropical Vacation Fragrance Oil
Easy Pour Container

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In an easy pour container, weigh out 12 oz of advanced wax. Heat in the microwave on 30 second bursts until completely melted.

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Once melted, add 0.75 oz of tropical vacation fragrance oil and mix in completely.

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Take each wick and dip the end into the melted wax. Follow with ‘gluing’ the wicks to the bottom of the tins. After the wicks are adhered to the tin, grab a pen and lay it on top of the tin with the wick laying against it. This helps the wick stay in place when you pour the wax.

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After the wicks are in place, pour the wax into each square tin. Cover so they cool down slowly and let sit at least two days. Trim the wick and enjoy your travel candle trio!

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Candle Loaf

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With the recent arrival of the cold weather and the addition of holidays in the mix, I’ve began to turn my home into a motif of coziness. Extra blankets have been brought out and candles are lit to create that home-y feeling. With friends and family visiting, what better way to help light the festivities than a candle? Or even a candle loaf? This project is fun for all and a great centerpiece for your holiday celebrations!

What You’ll Need:

40 oz EcoSoya Pillar Blend Wax
2 oz Apple Macintosh Candle & Soap Fragrance Oil
0.5 oz Cinnamon Sticks Fragrance Oil
5 CD-16 Wicks
Tall Silicone Loaf Mold

Using masking tape and a hole punch, put 5 strips on the silicone loaf mold where you’d like your wicks to go. Put the wicks through each hole, this helps them to stay in place.

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Once you have taped your mold, weigh out 40 oz of pillar wax and melt down in the microwave.

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Once completely melted add in the apple macintosh and cinnamon sticks fragrance oils. Mix until completely incorporated.

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After the fragrance oils are added, you can now pour the wax into the mold. After you have poured, insulate with a box and wait until it has completely hardened.

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After about a day umold your wax loaf and place it on a decorative plate. This will catch the melted wax and save your table top.

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12 Blogs of Christmas Schedule:

December 10th – Candle Loaf
December 14th – Stocking Stuffer Certified: Melt & Pour Gingerbread Houses
December 17th – Grinch Kabobs (yummy!)
December 21st – Stocking Stuff Certified: Peppermint Shampoo

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Geometric Candle

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Let this fragrance take you away to a warm cabin in the woods!
It’s so inviting and an amazing addition to your home. Plus with these fun colors, the candle is a great stand alone piece when your not enjoying the warmth. It takes a bit more time to accomplish this geometric design, but we think it’s worth the wait!

What You’ll Need:

8 oz EcoSoya X-Cel Wax
(2) RRD-29 Wicks
0.5 oz Warm Flannel Fragrance Oil
Cobalt Blue Dye Block
Hunter Green Dye Block
8 oz Glass Bail Jar
Easy Pour Container

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Weigh out 2.65 oz of x-cel wax and heat in the microwave on 30 second bursts until fully melted.

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Once melted, dip the bottom of your wicks in the wax and ‘glue’ to the bottom of the candle jar. You then can use a straw to keep the wicks in place while pouring your layers.

Now, add 0.16 oz warm flannel fragrance oil and shavings of the cobalt blue dye block. Hot wax will always look darker then solidified wax, so place a butter knife in the freezer and when you think you’ve added enough color, dip the tip of the knife in and it will instantly solidify.

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Take a hand towel and fold it twice, this will be used to make your candle jar be at an angle. Once your wax is at your desired color, take your candle jar and lay it at an angle on your folded towel. Make sure that it is secure and won’t slide off. Then, pour your first layer of wax and place a box or bin over the jar so it insulates. This will help with cooling slowly.

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After a couple hours, your first layer should be solidified by now. Weigh out 2.65 oz of wax, melt in the microwave and add 0.16 oz warm flannel and this time, you will not be adding color to this layer. Be sure to check the temperature of your wax, as it should be below 110 degrees so it doesn’t cause any bleeding of your previous layer. Now you will take your bail jar and turn it 180 degrees to pour your next layer. Once the fragrance is added in, pour your next layer and insulate.

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Again, wait a couple hours before adding your third and final layer.
Melt down 2.65 oz of wax, add 0.16 oz warm flannel fo, and add shavings of the hunter green dye block. You can use the butter knife trick again if you’re looking for a specific shade of green.

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Because this is your final layer, you don’t need to angle the candle jar. Go ahead and take the towel out from under the candle so that it is laying flat on the table. Now, pour the green layer slowly.

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Insulate the candle again until it is fully solidified. Then cut the wick and enjoy!

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If you like candles, try this oil candle tutorial! It uses olive oil instead of soy wax.
http://otionsoap.com/oil-candle/

You can also use the soy wax to make wax tarts for your warmers at home!
http://otionsoap.com/chocolate-truffle-wax-tart-melts/

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