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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 12 April 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782214298
  • Stock: 50+
  • Hurt Stock: £4.50 (5 available)
  • Size: 190x235 mm
  • Illustrations: 350
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP Price: £8.99
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Making Candles


Create 20 decorative candles to keep or to give by Sarah Ditchfield

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Book Description

Learn to make candles using natural waxes, dyes and fragrances, in a variety of creative styles.

Candles are a much-loved feature in the home, and make thoughtful, handcrafted gifts for friends and family.

Sarah Ditchfield shows you how to make beautiful, unique candles for all occasions, using traditional and modern materials and techniques.

This indispensable book features:

20 gorgeous candle projects, from taper candles to ice pillars
Concise and colourful instructions on candle-making methods
Ideas and inspiration for decorating and packaging your candles

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Tools and materials 8
Techniques 14
Projects 20
Beehive candle
Coconut shell
Flower pot with wood wick
Mason glass candle
Octagon pillar candle
Rolled beeswax candle
Valentine heart tealights
Wax bead candle
Clamshell rose petal wax melts
Wedding votive
Butterfly candle stack
Gel candle
Halloween pumpkin
Floating maple leaf candles
Christmas pudding
Dipped taper candles
Ice pillar candle
Layered glass tumbler candle
Wax chip pillar candle
Upcycling and recycling 72
Decorating your candles 74
Packaging your candles 76
Burn-testing 19
Trouble-shooting 78
Index 80

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About the Author

About Sarah Ditchfield

Sarah Ditchfields candle-making journey started after her husband bought her a candle-making kit one Christmas.   She developed her skills and began to experiment with different types of waxes, containers and moulds. Sarah sold many of her initial creations to independent shops, hotels and restaurants.

In 2012, Sarah launched her company, Candle by Events, which runs candle-making workshops for adults as well as birthday parties for children. Her company also runs team building candle-making workshops for multinational corporations, plus family fun days, hen parties and activities for schools and clubs. 

Sarah loves sharing her passion for candle-making with others, and hopes you enjoy making the projects in this book.  Sarah lives in Marlow, Buckinghamshire with her husband Philip, her two children Louise and Christopher and Welsh Springer Spaniel, Amber.


Customer Review

Great book, really informative. A must for all candlemaking. Also went to one of Sarah's classes which was a really enjoyable day

Amazon customer

Brought this as a gift for a friends birthday after her mentioning that she wanted to have a go at making her own, but after having a sneaky flick through I kept it for myself! Purchased the basics mentioned in the book and yesterday I made my first candle! The Mason glass one, and I have to say I'm very impressed. The book is idiot proof and highlights ability level for each candle so I'd say this book is great for first timers as well as people that have done it before as there are quite a few tricky ones too. Can't wait to make more this weekend, I'm looking at empty jars in a whole different way and saving a few quid as I often buy candles but can make my own now!

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