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Any crafters out there?

I buy candles now and then as gifts, they seem so neutral yet a caring gift that seems to appease many. I have found that crafted candles are very expensive even to the point of not buying. I realize some care and extra effort is put in but the cost is too much for this buyer. In other words is above $10 range too much? I have seen $15-20 become common, excludes any fancy candles, just simple filled jarred and very possibility scented soy candles. Come on, is placing a bow, some scent and using Mason jars(or fancy glass containers) going too far in cost. Yes, there are discounts for volume, but it does add up. Comments? -----Willy Happy

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we made candles years ago

In reply to: Any crafters out there?

I think labor + materials + packaging + transportation + marketing + profit, etc. = price. nothing new there.

here is a link that might give more information then you will ever need on the process of making candles.

"MAKING CANDLES"
http://www.candlewhiz.com/candles/


my cousin and I would make ours on her big stove. mostly for ourselves and friends. never put any up for sale. it's fun and not hard to do.

I agree with why you give them as gifts.

safety tip: avoid burning at both ends. Happy

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Jar candles

In reply to: Any crafters out there?

I'll pick these up from some of the smaller outlets rather than big names like Yankee and White Barn. There are country crafters who do a decent job and their stuff is folky and made with the teeth. I prefer that. Most recently I'd found a Amish store in a Charleston, S.C. mall that had some good ones. Actually, by recently, I mean 3 or 4 years ago but I bought about 3 dozen candles to give away over time and still have a few. I can't say they were dirt cheap but competitively priced and unique in their own way. I'm a cheapskate though and tend to save the old wax and remake jar candles myself. I bought some string and...whatever those things you use to keep them on the bottom. Heck, you could just tie the string to a small hex nut and sink the thing. Who's going to know. I just mix chunks of the old wax in a larger jar and put it in the oven on a low setting until it's sufficiently melted and all the junk settles to the bottom. Pour the melted wax slowly into a smaller jar with the wick in it and let it harden. If you want to get fancy you can have several smaller jars of the old wax with separate colors and create the new candle in layers. And if you want to get artsy you can tip the jar a bit with each layer. BTW, candle wax is also good to rub on the bottom glides of your dresser drawers. No need to waste it. Shocked

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Answer From A Crafter

In reply to: Any crafters out there?

Yes, I do make candles among many other crafts such as wax sculpting, tactile drawing, and other types of sculptures.

It is more than just putting a bow on the jar and using a mason jar. It takes time, and crafters usually like to be paid for their labor. Not to mention, they want to profit as the materials cost money. Here is a rundown;

Wax--$2 per pound
Mason jar--$2 or $4 depending on the size
Scent--$3 to $5 depending on how many ounces you want.
Whicks--$10 for a bag of 100. (Thse are the cheapet of the project.)

Something handmade will always cost more than something thrown together in a machine which is mass produced. Not to mention, handmade is much better as the personal touch has so much meaning. I'd pay for handmade crafts anyday, and I have.

I hope this helps.

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One is born every minute........

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They are very cheap after Christmas. So, buy them then and give away next year.

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