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A Day in the Life of a Candle Maker!

2 Sep

I often get asked how I make the candles at Just Jane, so I decided that it was time to create a video and let you all see just how it all comes together.

Enjoy

 

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Candle Safety

14 Mar Candles burn please enjoy them safely.

As a chandler I have candles burning all the time in my home … and I mean all the time! I am constantly testing wick sizes, new fragrances and new containers BUT I NEVER leave them burning in a room where there is no-one to keep a check on them. If that means I have to test an enormous candle in my small home office then so be it. My home, family and pets are worth too much for me to risk losing them to one moment of inattention.

I wasn’t always like this though. Yes, in the past I have left candles burning unattended, sometimes overnight! When I think back now I realise just how lucky I was on those occasions.

I suspect that one of the reasons I have been so lucky is that even in my foolish days I was always careful about where my candles stood. They were always on protective plates, always away from windows and window dressings, always clear of draughts and usually in the centre of tables or on mantelpieces with no decoration above.

Unfortunately it seems though that no matter how often we candle makers stress the safety aspects of burning candles there will always be those who don’t follow our advice. My candles have warning safety labels on the bottom and they all come with a mini card (usually stuck to the lid) with advice on how to enjoy the candle safely. Yet still I read about homes burning down due to candles being left unattended or too close to highly flammable materials.

So here are 6 simple tips on avoiding burning your house down. I’ve even included some answers for those who want to know why they should do as is suggested. 6 simple tips to help you enjoy your candle safely. And if you can’t be bothered with following all of them then at least take notice of TIP 6. Continue reading

The Triple Scented Debate – Soy Candles

22 Sep

Triple Scented - is your chandler comparing apples and oranges

I am a regular stalker and contributor on several candle groups on Facebook – it’s something you kind of fall into when you make candles … it’s sometimes something I wish I had never found, but that’s another post altogether! Anyway, there are a number of topics that come up over and over, and the question of the term ‘triple scented’ is one of them.

Frequently you will find these words used as a marketing pull. It is aimed at making the reader believe the candle they are buying must be superior or more luxurious than other candles. It makes you feel that your candle has been made with no expense spared. And that’s fair enough, but what does it really mean? Actually, it means nothing much at all! Let me share a little bit of candle history with you … Continue reading

{TIPS} How to clean your soy candle jar

6 Aug

Surprisingly, maybe, one of the most frequent questions I get asked as a maker of soy candles is how to clean the jar when the candle has burned out. I think this is because many of the shop bought candles around are made of a paraffin based wax blend that has a high melt point, is very hard in texture and therefore is difficult to clean up. I can remember trying all sorts to clean out pretty jars in the past.

Because soy wax (and I’m not talking about a paraffin/soy blend) is a soft wax with a low melt point cleaning up your jars (and spills) is actually very simple. There are several ways you could do it but this is my preferred method … I’m all for quick and simple! Continue reading

Recycled Jar Candles | Inspiration

11 Mar

Last week one of my customers brought some empty coffee jars around for me to fill with wax and turn into candles. She lives in a house which is entered via a set of outdoor stairs and was looking for a romantic way to light them up when she expects visitors.Using your old jam, coffee, pasta sauce jars, etc is a fantastic and affordable way to turn any outdoor space into a rustic and romantic area. If you don’t want to find a chandler to make the candles why not just pop a tealight into the jar.

Recycle your old jars.

Recycle your old jars

Dress up the jar with pretty papers and materials (making sure they’re well away from the flame!!) and you have a simple yet stylish candle display. You could also add wire and hang them from tree branches … the options are endless.