So in November, you might have noticed I didn’t have a lot of projects to post about… Part of the reason for that was that I was actually gone off and on for a couple weeks. I was up in Tekamah, NE at my mom’s shop, Master’s Hand Candle Co. & Gift Shop.
What was I doing up there? Why pouring candles, of course! Since getting married, I don’t spend much time up there anymore… But I do go up every fall to pour.
And I got to thinking… Perhaps all of you would enjoy seeing how that all works!
We have poured up to 15,000 candles in a year before, so it really is quite the project! Especially since candle pouring “season” is from October-December. The reason being before October it’s too hot to add more heat with the melter… After December it’s craaaaaazy cold where I pour!
So long story short, I gotta pour a whole lotta candles in a short amount of time!
This is my melter. Believe it or not… This is the small one. I use it for small batches or my “re-pour” batches. Don’t know what re-pour is? Hang on… I’ll cover that! 🙂
This is the wax after it has fragrance and color in it. It’s perfectly clear except for the slight color… And OOOOH-WEEEEE it’s s.t.r.o.n.g!
Here I am in full swing… When I am really going, I can pour 1000+ candles a day! Every single one is hand poured by yours truly.
These candles are fully cooled. The black things go on the top and the wicks snap into the middle to keep them taunt while the candles cool and contract.
Christmas Cabernet! Yum!
After the candles cool, you’ll notice the wax sinks down. Sometimes it even leaves gaping holes down the middle. This makes a “re-pour” necessary. (I told you I’d get around to that!! 🙂 )
Here are the re-pours where I’m topping off the candles to finish them off and make the perfect candle we know and love.
Little known fact: That’s often why with cheap candles they’ll smell good when you first start burning them then after a while they just don’t smell as strong. They heavily scent the re-pour but the main candle hardly has any fragrance in it. Sneaky sneaky! 😉
And taaa-daaa! Finished candles! These are the 9 best-selling Christmas fragrances. You should see the whole shelf of 70+ fragrances! Better yet… Make your way to Tekamah, NE and see for yourself!! 🙂