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Category: The other love of my life | Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:11 pm

I don't know if I've said much about my candle making.I make container candles.This is a hobby I started back in 1999.It was a great way to make extra money.It also almost killed me in the process.
I was working at the Guard Shack app.40 hours a week and in my candles app.50 hours a week sometimes night and day.As most of you know I ended up with a heart attack.I have slowed down on everything I do.Well now its just a hobby.The pictures are bad quality but I hope it gives an idea of them.

I have about 350 or more bottles of scent oil.My camera doesn't take good indoor pictures but I've attempted to show you some of my things.I have 5 shelves full that wont show as they are in the dark hall way of my candle camper house

A few that wont fit in the shelves,
also one of my pouring pitchers in the middle
of the scent oil.

A few of what I made the past 2 nights finished product except for the labels haven't been applied.

Another view.

My problem is I don't know when to stop when I start so I put off making them until I have so many to make at once.I turned to gardening .Thats really what started my gardening .

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Gardenstew wrote on Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:25 pm:

Did you have to learn the art of candle making from scratch in '99 Glenda or had you prior knowledge? I would imagine it is quite addictive once you get started.


glendann wrote on Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:32 pm:

I had to learn by trial and error Frank.Lots of errors.:)


eileen wrote on Sat Apr 14, 2007 5:21 pm:

Oh I'd love to see them in 'real life' Glenda and smell them too. What do you do with them once you have them all finished?


glendann wrote on Sat Apr 14, 2007 5:36 pm:

I do sell them to a small amount of people.If I advertised I would be back into business as people look for them every where.They are triple scented and most of them do smell great.I had to make 5 leather and I hate to make those.The scent makes me sick to my stomach.I am out now and will not buy anymore leather.I am alergic the any pine scent are cedar so I don't make those.Heather had her on company before she was pregnant with Trey .She did great.She was around me all time making them and paid no attention to how they were made .Then they flew me to Montana to teach her how.They had all of the things she would need includeing the melter when I got there.


toni wrote on Sat Apr 14, 2007 6:55 pm:

Glenda, I started making candles about 5 years ago. Just for family and gifts. I only have 30 bottles of scents, the ones I know we all like. I have a leather also and can't stand it so I haven't made candles using it.
I order from Lone Star Candle supply too, also from
Be careful what carrier is used for the scent. I had a scent that gave me heart palpitations and headaches everytime I used it to make candles or burned the candles. I found out the distributor had used kerosene as the carrier.


glendann wrote on Sat Apr 14, 2007 6:59 pm:

I use only 2 and both are great.Lonestar and Bittercreek.Are yours soft wax? I really enjoy doing them and really now mostly for family.


toni wrote on Sat Apr 14, 2007 7:14 pm:

Not sure what you mean by soft wax. Is that specifically for container candles?
I make votives since that is what everyone I know prefers, they burn 15 to 20 hours and I like that there is very little,if any, wax left when it goes out if a votive holder is used.
I get my wax from candlewic in 10 pound slabs. Also get my goats milk melt and pour soap base from them.
I found Lone Star by accident doing a google search and since they are not too far away we went over and bought some wonderful scents. They have the Frankincense and Myrrh combination scent that is my favorite.


katsback wrote on Sun Apr 15, 2007 2:07 am:

Oh my goodness,i adore candles! You lucky girl...My son makes me some sometimes ,i got 2 at xmas he made,ill show ya some time.i'd love to buy 1 from ya, let me know the cost etc, get back with me,,,


glendann wrote on Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:20 am:

Yes,toni it is a container wax.I buy it by the case.
Katsback I would have to think about it and I wont be able to do that for at least 2 months as I will be leaving Fri.the 20th.I use to ship them all over but that gets into lots of work.I will see.Ok.


toni wrote on Sun Apr 15, 2007 3:18 pm:

Since I started making candles my 'dream' was to afford to order a case of wax. I usually could only buy one or two 10 pound slabs at a time. Last year I ordered a case, 5 of the 10lb slabs plus some scents and colors I was out of. The UPS man was not happy to be carrying that box up my driveway, but he did bring it in and put it on the table for me. Speaking of which, it is time to order more and get started on the dozens of votives I make my Mother for both Christmas and Mother's Day.


glendann wrote on Mon Apr 16, 2007 4:51 am:

I give most of mine as gifts also toni.I just love making them and seeing people really enjoy the smell.

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