Egg-Shaped Candles

 

There’s an old saying about not putting all your eggs in one basket, but we think these colourful egg shaped candles all look lovely together in this basket and would make a pretty centre piece or table decoration for Easter.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a lovely week.

Isobel

   

 

PS  The candles in the basket are being used for decoration only.  Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire.

 

A lovely welcome back

 

We have the loveliest customers!!  We always receive such positive feedback and support from the community of crafters, modellers and jewellery makers, etc who buy our products and as well as all the many get well messages I have received, this morning these ‘welcome back to the office’ flowers arrived from two lovely ladies who have supported Proops Brothers for a long time.  They are always generous with their words about our service and products and I have been able to meet both of them at events and they are just as lovely in person!

I am very touched ladies for the flowers and your continued support.  Looking forward to seeing you both at our next event.

Just a little reminder, we have been asked quite a lot recently about postage costs, all standard delivery costs to UK addresses are included in the price, there is no extra VAT or postage costs added at the checkout, the price you see is what you pay.  Delivery charges only apply to next day deliveries on orders placed before 11am and some of the larger items going outwith the UK.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you all have a great week.

Isobel

From my desk ……..

Thank you for all of your kind messages following my recent hip operation.  I am well on the road to recovery and  am easing myself back into work gradually.

I am excited to be back in the office. With another new shipment of tools due to arrive and ideas for new products, there is lots to do.  I have been spending some of my recovery time looking at trends for the year ahead.  Whilst the fashion for clothing and footwear has gone more feminine and delicate with pencil skirts and kitten heels, the latest trends in jewellery are statement pieces, worn stacked and layered.  Think chunky rings, chain link bracelets of different thickness, pendant necklaces, layered together and big earrings.

We think the best statement you can make is being individual, creating and designing unique pieces which no-one else has.  We’d love to hear about what is currently inspiring you and see some of your designs. You can get in touch by emailing us at proopsbrothers@gmail.com, commenting on the blog or hashtag us on Instagram at #proopsbrothersltd.

We sell lots of jewellery making tools, from mandrels for necklaces, rings and bracelets to stone setting tools, shaping and forming tools and rolling machines.  There’s something for every budget and design idea and with another shipment arriving there will be lots more new products listed soon.  Why not pop over to our website and have a look.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week and happy creating.

Isobel

Happy Valentines Day ……

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” George Sand

 

Happy Valentines Day!  I thought Valentines Day was a bit of a made up ‘Hallmark’ holiday, however, it seems people have been giving flowers and chocolates (or keys in Europe, as a symbolic gesture of unlocking their hearts) to celebrate Valentines Day since the 14th century and although it has been hijacked a little by the card companies, isn’t it nice to have a day which celebrates love.

Thanks for stopping by.

Isobel

 

Heart Shaped Candle Mould

….. and relax

 

Some of you may know that I have just had my hip operation and am recovering at home for a little while.  I’m taking it easy with a few magazines and some tea and muffins and enjoying the aroma of Blueberry Muffin from the wax melts we made using our new wax melt tray.  This tray makes 12 wax melts, two of each design: swirl, flower, heart, two different patterns and one plain.  We made some in pinks, purples and yellow.  How pretty would these look in a little box as a gift for someone?

 

  

I’m going to get back to my tea and magazines now.  And don’t worry, the girls in the office have got your orders covered while I’m off so it is business as usual.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a great week.

Isobel

Candle Making

We often get questions from people starting out making candles for some tips on how best to use our candle moulds so I have put together a little tutorial.

 

 

Cut a piece of wick long enough to go through the mould and allowing extra at both the top and bottom.  Put the wick through the hole in the base of the mould and secure with a piece of blutac, this will hold the wick in place and prevent the wax from leaking out.

 

 

 

 

Turn the mould upright and spray the inside with mould release spray or coat with a little olive oil.

 

 

 

 

Place a wick holder across the top of the mould and secure the wick.

 

 

 

Heat the wax and then add the colour.

 

Turn the temperature down and add the fragrance if you are using it.

Allow the wax to cool a little before pouring into the mould.

 

Allow the wax to cool and set fully before removing from mould.

And there you have your finished candle.  This is by no means a comprehensive tutorial on candle making but hopefully it will get you started without too many problems.  Any of our readers who have more experience in candle making, if you have any tips you could share, we’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a great week.

Isobel

 

 

Plastic fantastic???

 

The hot topic at the moment is plastic or, more specifically, the recycling of plastic.  I’m sure you have all read in the newspapers and heard on the news these last few weeks the concerns for the amount of plastic waste building up in the UK since China’s ban on importing the millions of tonnes of plastic they previously took from our small island.

The concept of reducing plastic waste and recycling is nothing new to us here at Proops. Our parent company, Linic Plastics, who make a lot of the tools we sell, have been recycling their own scrap and buying in hundreds of tons of reprocessed polymer for over 35 years. Wherever suitable, recycled material is used and our products are then packed in minimal packaging. The use of mixed material and difficult to recycle packaging is kept to a bare minimum.

 

 

Look for the logo on the products which we make from recycled plastic.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you are having a good week.

Isobel

 

Lost in the post ………

 

Lost in the post …. does that sound familiar?  Unfortunately the Postie is usually the first to get the blame whenever any packages go missing and, as a company who receive and send lots of parcels, we understand that it can be frustrating and difficult for them when things are addressed incorrectly, but we really had to chuckle when we received this package back in the office this week with a sticker saying it couldn’t be delivered because the address was incomplete…. errrm, is that perhaps because whatever machine it got stuck in at the Post Office destroyed the address label (and bent the scraper)?

Don’t worry, no Post Office staff were hurt in the making of this blog post and the rightful owner of the pastry scraper has received a nice new (flat) one.

 

 

Hope this brings a smile to your day!  Thanks for stopping by.

Isobel

 

Love is in the air ……..

Our newest candle mould is here just in time for Valentine’s Day.  This heart shaped pillar mould would make a perfect gift for your candle-making Valentine or if you are a candle maker, what better way to say ‘I love you’ than with heart shaped candles lighting your room, perhaps even scented with some of the lovely spring flower scents available.

Of course, these candles aren’t only for Valentine’s Day, hearts are the perfect way to say I love you for any occasion, or even not for a specific event but just because.

If you like keeping up with current trends why not make some in Ultra Violet, the pantone colour of the year.  They would make the perfect decorative finishing touch for your room.

And here’s a little sneak peak at our latest wax melt mould which is just about to go into production.  These will be available soon, so do keep popping back to our candle mould section and have a look.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

 

Isobel