Hello WeR fans and welcome! It’s Chantalle with you again and I have to just say, you seriously have to check out the new Wick Candle Maker and the Happy Jig. These two tools are simply out-of-this-world-fun to use and are the focus of the thank you gift I have created, which I can’t wait to show you!
I’ve never made a candle before so I was SO excited to see it come out of the mold and two colours no less!! Lol. My first instinct was to smell it, kinda expecting it to smell like citrus, so that is my next experiment – infusing the wax!
The mason jar serves two purposes: ready-made packaging for my candle and also as a votive for it when lit.
The jar already had an embossed pattern so I’ve kept the embellishments minimal. The word ‘thanks’ can be removed and reused if necessary. It would make a fun bookmark if popped onto some cardstock or could become a title for a scrapbook page!
To make my candle, I started off by reading the instructions that came with the Wick machine. One pops a rubber stopper into the base of your chosen mold, then ties off some wick material onto the metal rod, which balances across the top of the mold.
Next, I added some wax material to the receptacle as well as some colouring. I added red and yellow to get orange. There is no precise way to get an exact match, but it is easy to trial and error as you go to create the shade you are after.
The wax takes about 20 mins to melt completely, but we still have warmer weather so that time is a guide I guess, depending on temps inside your workspace and how much wax you want to melt etc.
Once the wax was totally melted, I opened the little valve and it came running out into the mold.
I wanted to create an ombré effect so I filled it up about ¾ and then melted more wax (this time with less red) and then filled the mold some more. It is important to let your wax dry before you add the next layer. I put mine under the aircon to cool, but you could also put it in the fridge. Another thing that happened to me was that the centre of the candle sank in a bit. This is very common and mentioned in the instructions. If this happens to you, simply pop some holes around the wick area before pouring a bit more melted wax into the area to top it up.
NOTE: It’s best to let your candle set overnight before removing it from the mold.
Another tip would be to cool or heat the mold a bit if you are having trouble removing the candle when it’s set.
Here you can see the finished product! I’m thrilled with how it turned out. How awesome it is going to be to be able to make this kind of home made gift for someone you care about!
I have placed a bit of melted wax into the lid of the jar and then pushed the candle into it to act like a glue, so it’s doesn’t move around too much inside the jar.
The jar itself has been embellished with some Pink Paislee Summer Lights Cardstock Stickers. These stickers are awesome as they have some holographic foil elements!
I mimicked the smaller hexagonal shapes with my Hexagon Clear Cut Punch. The one bigger size helps create balance.
To create the word ‘Thanks’ I grabbed my Happy Jig and set up the guides, ready for the wire. Overall, the word turned out OK. It’s easy to get a couple of areas that don’t look perfect (a bit of stretching can occur when pulling off the Happy Jig guides) I just us my little pairs of pliers that came with my Cinch Binding Tool and tweaked the word here and there.
To add a bit of extra sparkle to my jar, I have threaded some little beads onto the wire. I’ve also added a plastic die cut feather as well as a paper feather die cut shape.
These feather shapes have been cut using my Evolution Advanced along with my magnetic mat.
I snipped a tiny hole into the top of the paper feather, which made it a lot easier to add to the wire word.
The Happy Jig is such a fun tool to own. The instructional booklet is full of ideas and easy-to-follow instructions to create both shapes and paperclip options.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Be sure to tag @wermemorykeepers in your social media posts so we can enjoy seeing you get your craft on! Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy gifting!
Wick Candle Maker
Dear Lizzy Star Gazer 6×6 Pad
Hexagon Clear Cut Punch
Jane Davenport Washi Tape
Crafters Essentials Pick/Stylus
WRMK Feather Metal Die
Pink Paislee Summer Lights Cardstock Stickers