Yesterday, a friend of mine showed me her new hobbies. She’s recently taken up candle making and soap making, and decided it would be nice if she made me a few of each. I thought this was a rather nice gesture, so I agreed, and set about watching the process of making each.
She started with the soaps. Basically, you make them by taking some soap base, melting it in the microwave, adding some colour, putting it back into the microwave to allow the colour to blend, then adding a fragrance (and the optional exfoliating agent, e.g. pummice) and pouring the mixture into a mold. Then you leave it to set for an hour before refrigerating it until it sets completely. Et voila, you have soap.
With three of the pieces, we later repeated to process to make them 3D, and the result was, in my humble opinion, glorious.
While we waited for those to set, we set about making the candles. To do this, you get the candle mold and pull a wick through the hole in the bottom. You then attach it in place with some blu-tac, then cut the wick so that it is long enough to go all the way to the top of the mold and wrap around a small stick to keep it in place. Next, you take some candle wax, put it into a small saucepan, add a fragment from a block of dye to colour it, put the small saucepan into a largee saucepan which is half full of water and bring it to a boil. You then stir the mixture and allow it to heat up until it melts completely, then pour this mixture into the mold and leave it to set for an hour or so.
This process is a little more complex, and it took us quite a while, but I’m very proud of the outcome:
They’re all now sitting proudly on my desk, waiting to be used. I’m thinking of saving them for a special occasion of some sort, seeing as they were a special gift from a special person.