Tag: Candle Moulds

Anyone for cake????

 

The new inserts are ready for the large round candle mould we manufacture which allows you to make segments for candles or soaps.  The insert sits inside the candle mould and makes six equal sized segments.  Anyone else in the mood for chocolate cake now?

Thanks for stopping by.

Isobel

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.

 

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

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

 

 

Fat Ball Bird Feeders

It’s that time of year when the birds may need a little extra nourishment and they love fat ball feeders. I use our sphere candle moulds to make mine, it’s the perfect shape and size and the wick hole is ideal to put the hanging string through, saves messing about cutting holes in yogurt pots or getting your hands covered with the greasy mixture.

I use the fat ball recipe from Gardener’s World.

What you will need:

  • Proops Sphere Candle Mould
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • String or Twine
  • Lard
  • Bird Seed Mix (you could also use raisins, currents, oats or peanuts – this is what I used)

Method:

Melt the lard in a saucepan over a medium heat, add the bird seed mix (or alternative), two parts bird seed to one part lard. Stir until all the mixture has been absorbed and the mixture sticks together.  Place a piece of string or twine through the hole in the bottom of the candle mould, long enough to hang the finished ball up with.  Pack both halves of the candle mould with the lard mixture then join the two halves together and place into the fridge overnight to set or for a quicker result put in the freezer. When set, remove the mould and hang your bird feeder in the garden.

  

Enjoy watching the birds with a cup of hot coffee, or better still a glass of mulled wine!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

 

Isobel

 

 

 

Candles

 

We’ve been getting crafty in Proops again and making some candles using our candle moulds.  We get asked occasionally the best way to use the moulds to stop the wax leaking and the candle sticking, so I plan to put together a little video of the process (and to show you that experienced candle makers can get it wrong sometimes too, I may even post a little bloopers video of how not to do it).

I’m sure I’ve told you all before that I like to give something personal to my nearest and dearest for special occasions and I had a thought of using our push lid solid aluminium storage tins  to make some scented tealight candles.  These could be personalised with labels for birthdays, Christmas, Halloween or any other occasion you can think of and at £3.50 for a pack of three they won’t break the bank either. We will also be listing these in larger quantities.  I plan on making some seasonal scented candles in them for my friends and family, personalised with some lovely individual labels for Christmas.  Of course, you could customise these cute little pots for other gifts too – they are the perfect size for earrings or cufflinks.  Have you used any of our products in a way which we haven’t thought of? We’d love to hear your ideas.

All our candle moulds are designed and made right here at our factory and our designer, Richard, has been working on some new candle mould designs for us, so keep checking the New Arrivals section or the Candle Mould section on the website for the latest designs.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

Isobel