The Candlemaker's Companion: A Complete Guide to Rolling, Pouring, Dipping, and Decorating Your Own Candles

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This complete guide to making your own candles covers everything you need to know! With Betty Oppenheimer's illustrated, step-by-step instructions, you'll learn how to create rolled, pour, molded, gel, and dipped candles; scent and color your candles; make special containers and gift packaging for your candles; create luminaria and lanterns; and use special techniques, such as overdipping, painting, layering, and sculpting.

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Overview

This complete guide to making your own candles covers everything you need to know! With Betty Oppenheimer's illustrated, step-by-step instructions, you'll learn how to create rolled, pour, molded, gel, and dipped candles; scent and color your candles; make special containers and gift packaging for your candles; create luminaria and lanterns; and use special techniques, such as overdipping, painting, layering, and sculpting.

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" In this comprehensive guide, you'll discover the fundamentals of making all manner of candles…" - Sacramento Bee

"There is more wick information alone than most of us will ever need." - Sacramento Bee

Library Journal
Both these books cover essentially the same ground and are good basic guides for making candles. They deal with waxes, wicks, molds, scents, and a variety of decorating techniques. Oppenheimer's book has a more extensive text with line drawings, while Coney's is completely illustrated with color photographs. Both have more information on candle-making than Gloria Nicol's The New Candle Book LJ 11/1/95, a guide that emphasizes candle display. These are both good basic books for the library craft collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580173667
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 645,533
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Betty Oppenheimer is an experienced crafter and seamstress who studied textile science at the Fashion Institute of Technology and has worked as textile quality assurance manager and engineer for several sportswear companies. Betty is the author of The Candlemaker's Companion and Growing Lavender and Community on the Sequim Prairie. She lives on the Olympic Penninsula in rural Washington state.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

A Plea from the Author

Introduction

Chapter 1: The History and Language of Candles

Chapter 2: Wick

Chapter 3: Wax and Additives

Chapter 4: Color and Scent

Chapter 5: Equipment

Chapter 6: Rolled Candles and Sheet Wax

Chapter 7: Poured Candles

Chapter 8: Casting and Moldmaking

Chapter 9: Dipped Candles

Chapter 10: Troubleshooting

Chapter 11: Decorating

Chapter 12: Candleholders and Related Items

Chapter 13: Wrapping, Storage, and Repair

Chapter 14: Moving into Production

Suppliers

Reading List

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2004

    THE definitive candlemaker's guide!

    Before picking up this book, I had done a lot of trial and error candlemaking. This book delves deeper than any other on the market. It's not full of pictures and projects (like most craft books), but full of information! It goes in depth into the technical side of the craft and how to make candles that work, as well as embracing the creative side, all while giving a history lesson. An absolute must for anyone interested in the art of candlemaking, and should be a first read for beginners!

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