Saturday, March 25, 2017

Rose Wax Sachets

I posted some pictures of wax sachets on my Facebook a while ago and finally got around to making some. I used a soap mold, but you can use anything as long as its not too big. Here are mine.

I used the Breakaway Hearts Milky Way Mold, this gave me one side with a design. Believe it or not it was tricky to drill a hole in the centre of the hearts though:) So my bits in the sachets are rose petals, lavender buds and artificial greenery (just a bit of the artificial stuff, I wanted a touch of green but no potential of shriveling & shedding).

Here's the soy wax after melting and colouring, you can see its a lot brighter in liquid form. You can put a drop on to some freezer paper and check the colour before you pour it.
Here's everything in the molds, it starts to cool and harden fairly quickly. I scented the wax pretty heavily with rose fragrance oil, they are sachets after all. This is a link to the mold, if you're using it for soap you can cut along the lines of the bars and get individual guest soaps with a heart on each soap, but I don't recommend trying that with wax.
These were fun and easy to make and I'm hoping to do some matching candles before Mothers Day.
Any questions, let me know:)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bath Bombs + Embeds + Mica Painting

The batch of bath bombs pictured below are hiding pink & purple embeds, sorry you can't see them and I wasn't smart enough to take of picture of them before I placed them in the bombs. I made the embeds with equal parts citric acid and baking soda, plus a fair amount of powdered colourant. They were dampened with rubbing alcohol but witch hazel would work too. I made mine a little too wet and it took a few days for them to dry, they weren't the prettiest but it doesn't matter.
I mixed some micas with alcohol and practiced a little painting on this plain bath bomb I had left over from Christmas. I've used gold, silver mist and purple haze micas.

Then I was brave enough to try it on these hearts. I'm not a good painter so I'm really just highlighting the design on the bath bombs.

The larger hearts I had to do more freehand. These hearts were made in a baking tray.

Here's the tray (from Dollarama) it was $3.00, not sure if its for cookies or cupcakes. I'm sure it would make nice Melt & Pour soaps too.
These are the micas mixed with alcohol. If you have any left over it will dry up but you can add more alcohol and use it again.

And below you can see the pink/purple/fizz/foam from the bath bomb. I added polysorbate to my bath bomb mixture which created the foam and also emulsified the colours and the water.

Thanks for looking/ reading, any questions let me know!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Lemongrass & Myrtle

I made some soap yesterday with a new to me scent blend of Lemongrass and Myrtle essential oils, equal parts. Smells great that's for certain!
 I used chromium green oxide and blue ultramarine powders for my colourants with a little green mica added to each and tried to do minimal swirling with my hanger LOL. And I did add Titanium Dioxide to the rest of the soap to whiten it up.
So its nothing too fancy, the fragrance is the star of these bars, and of course they won't be ready for Christmas. Here's a link where you will find the recipe.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Thrift Store (Sally Ann) Finds

So I've had thrift shop envy, I lot of customers have been showing be me really neat cups etc that they've picked up at thrift stores and garage sales. I took my self to the Salvation Army last week and found these treasures. The cup and saucer set was $2.00 and the pinwheel crystal wine glasses were $3.00 each. Of course they are for candles.
I melted a few shavings of green candle dye with the wax, trying to go for the lighter green in the holly on the teacup. The fragrance I used is a mish mash of Peppermint, Pine and Christmas Spice.

 A warm kitchen makes for nice smooth tops LOL, I am going to have to remelt the wax in the cup to add some wax berries though.
 These boxes from the dollar store (I bought a couple) will hold one of these candles perfectly, there will be room to wrap the glass in tissue paper too.
My wax berries are not the right red to go with the berries on the cup and saucer, I'm going to tone down the colour a bit. At the bottom of this post I'll put a picture of the pearlizer I used. Years ago one of my boys made a ton of beeswax candles and we used to put this pearlizer on the red and green ones, I can't believe I found it.
 So I put pearlizer on the berries and the rest of the candle too and on a whim I set it with a few hair dryer blasts. The bit of heat on the pearlizer has given it a sort of antique look in real life.
 I do not have a box for this one (yet) but I know who I'm giving this too. She's a relative who loves Christmas dishes and I hope this will go with one of her sets called The Holly & The Ivy.
 Here's the Pealizer, it looks like white eye shadow and I'm sure that would work too.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Little Bath Bombs, Gingerbread Men & Trees

 I said I was going to make these in my last post. Here are some little Gingerbread Man Bath Bombs made in my new silicone mold (from Michaels) and at the same time I made Trees too. The tree mold is also silicone (for ice cubes?) and I've had it for years. This was a very small batch using 1 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of Citric Acid. After they had hardened I spritzed them with their respective colours and added a little glitter. These are going to little great nieces and nephews so I left the Almond Oil out, I know they often have their hair washed in the tub and no one wants oil in their hair:)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Gingerbread Candle

I may have mentioned I have been trolling the stores for a mold with little Gingerbread Men. My sister found this for me at Michaels and it is over the moon perfect. I plan to use it for soap and wax embeds and for tiny bath bombs. The little Gingerbread Men  I made today are wax and I only filled the molds about 1/4 inch.
Aren't they the cutest!

I've used another glass  yogourt container for this Gingerbread candle. The wax is scented with Gingerbread fragrance and just a hint of Christmas Spice fragrance ( I like my Gingerbread spicey) and its coloured a light tan. I had leftover wax from making the Gingerbread Men and added a bit of that coloured wax to the soy wax flakes. I'm sure the next one I do will be a little lighter or darker, I didn't pay too much attention to how much coloured wax I added.
Anyway, I'm happy with the mold and how the candle turned out. There was barely enough room for my little man, after carefully remelting the top of the candle with my hair dryer I carefully placed the Gingerbread Man with the wick sitting right in his armpit. I was prepared to cut off a bit of his hand and foot but he got to stay whole LOL.
Thanks for reading, any questions let me know!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Cranberry Peppermint Candles (& Yogourt)

Ok, my candles don't contain  yogourt , but the jars I used came with yogourt in them.
Its unusual to find yogourt in glass jars, this brand came from Thrifty's and the glass jars (once washed LOL) are great for making little candles or you could plunk a T lite or votive inside too.
I wanted to make little Cranberries for my candles so I used my silicone Blueberry mold with red wax, I'm hoping to pass them off as Cranberries due to the colour.
So whatcha think?
And here's a jar with the soy wax. I poured red coloured wax in the bottom, this wax is scented Cranberry and the red is not as dark as the Cranberries, its more of a rosie red. I thought the red wax might tint the white wax I was pouring on top (and it did a bit) so that's why I didn't make the red really dark. Once the red wax had set, it will go from transparent to opaque, the next layer was ready to be poured. The white layer is scented with Peppermint Essential Oil, yum.

Now even though my kitchen was warm, I did have a little crater around the wick after the wax hardened, which was fine, I needed to remelt the top anyway.

So below is the finished candle. I carefully remelted the top of the candle with my hair dryer. Don't go crazy or you will have wax splattering. Then I set my Cranberries on the melted wax and was really happy the red didn't bleed! They were fun and easy to make and I will use the rest of my wax berries today ( making more candles with some friends!).
Thanks for stopping by!