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Crystal Soy Candle Tutorial

Crystal Soy Candle Tutorial

Learn how to make your own soy candles with hidden crystals!

Crystals have the ability to emit energy frequencies and what better event to place that into practice, Summer Solstice! We think these DIY crystal candles are a great activity for any summer solstice party or celebration. It’s a good idea to do some research before picking a stone but even if you just like the color, go for it!

Cover your work station with plastic wrap to make for easier cleanup, if you get wax on anything just use some hot water to scrub.

Materials Needed:

  • Our Vanilla Soy Candle Making Kit
  • Crystals
  • Dried herbs/petals
  • Essential Oils (if you want an additional scent)
  • Scissors
  • Bonus if you have a hairdryer

First, you will prepare the container and wick by using a tiny piece of putty to place at the bottom of the container, place wick and press firmly. A clothespin or two popsicle sticks can be used to hold your wick in place.

An alternative to a double boiler is to use a heat-proof measuring cup and place in microwave for 1 minute. Keep heating in 1-minute intervals until the wax is fully melted.

After heating your wax to the appropriate temperature, this is the time to add your favorite scent, whether it be essential oils or a perfume/cologne.

Pick out some of your favorite herbs or flower petals to place in the candle along with your crystals.

After pouring the wax into your chosen vessel, wait a few minutes and start strategically placing herbs or petals into the wax. They will start to sink, this is normal, so as you candle burns, the herbs/petals will still be visible. Be sure to leave about a ½ inch in diameter from the wick, free of any dried herbs. This ensures a safe burn where the flame will only have contact with the wax. As the wax is hardening, continue to place the petals on top.

Crystal & Essential Oil Combinations

Use your favorite crystals or stones to place on top to add some extra magic. Be sure to place on top while the wax is still melty but starting to get firm. If crystals start to sink, remove them and let the wax cool a bit longer. If cracking happens, do not fret! A hair dryer can be used to remelt the candle or you can pour any leftover wax on top to smooth out.

Wait a few hours for the wax to fully set, then go ahead and light them up!

Creativity – Citrine and Sandalwood

Inspiration – Labradorite and Lemon

Relaxation – Amethyst and Lavender

Romance – Rose Quartz and Ylang Ylang

Wisdom – Jade and Peppermint

Vessels

Seashell

Jars

Ice cube tray

Tins

Tea Cup

Flowerpot

Orange peel

Owner’s Corner: Curated Email

Musing from the owner of Grow and Make: Will Johnston

I’m finding great value in receiving curated emails. These are typically weekly emails where someone has collected links to videos, articles, poems, images, educational material etc., which interests a certain selection of people. I’ve really enjoyed the one I receive from Laura Olin.

What I’m reading/watching/hearing: Black Mirror Season 5. What deep, dark fun.

What’s new at Grow and Make:  We have a new DIY Mustard Making FAQ and Recipes article. .

Owner’s Corner:

Musing from the owner of Grow and Make: Will Johnston

What I’m reading/watching/hearing: The Netflix series When They See Us is an important historical story which all Americans should see.

What’s new at Grow and Make:  We just rolled out or updated 2019 Pricing Sheet.

Owner’s Corner: My favorite app OverDrive

Musing from the owner of Grow and Make: Will Johnston

I’m a huge fan of the OverDrive app. This app allows you to borrow digital titles (ebook and audiobook) from your local library. While everything isn’t always available, they do have most titles and usually with a short wait time or none at all.

What I’m reading/watching/hearing: I’m not a real science fiction fan, but the collection of short stories titled Exhalation by Ted Chiang came so highly recommended that I had to give it a listen (audio book). I’m blown away by some of these stories. Not since William Gibson’s Neuromancer have I heard/read such great science fiction writing.

What’s new at Grow and Make: Grow and Make was featured on the Today show today..

https://www.today.com/parents/10-unique-father-s-day-gifts-t155349

Owner’s Corner: DIY Clothes Drying Rack

Musing from the owner of Grow and Make: Will Johnston

Ever thought about building your own clothes drying rack? We have an article that will teach you how. DIY Clothes Drying Rack

What I’m reading/watching/hearing: Understanding Humans in the Wild. Great podcast interview on organizational pyschology and beyond.

What’s new at Grow and Make: We were excited to see Grow and Make Kids Starter Garden Kits in the window of Spiel Werk Toys

Owner’s Corner: Interview with Tony Hseih

Musing from the owner of Grow and Make: Will Johnston

What I’m reading/watching/hearing: I love this interview with Tony Hseih of Zappos on How I Built This. Great Quote from Tony Hseih. Q: What is your definition of success and happiness? A: “If I could be okay with losing everything.”.

What’s new at Grow and Make: We are now contributing $20 a month to the ACLU. Excited about trying to help make a difference.

Owner’s Corner: In memory of those who have served and paid the ultimate price.

Musing from the owner of Grow and Make: Will Johnston

We would like to acknowledge the sacrifice, commitment and investment of those who serve and have served in our military services and particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for your service and you are in our thoughts on this day.

What I’m reading/watching/hearing: Love this!

What’s happening at Grow and Make: We’ve updated our DIY Wine Making FAQ. Check it out.

Owner’s Corner: Google Subject Suggestion

Musing from the owner of Grow and Make: Will Johnston

Recently I noticed that Google is inserting a subject suggestion into my email, based on what I’d written in my email. This brings a greater awareness of the fact that Google is trying to understand what we are communicating. I’m not sure how I feel about the idea of Google examining all of my writing and I certainly don’t feel I need Google’s suggestion on what my subject line should be. Interesting times we live in.

What I’m reading/watching/hearing: I’m watching the HBO mini-series Chernobyl. It’s a fascinating piece of history, seeing what a dire situation that mankind had placed itself in. The outcome could have been far more catastrophic had the right decisions not been made and had people not been willing to give their lives to prevent further disaster. Every one should watch this series to realize the potential risks that technologies can pose to humanity and the environment. I suspect we may see similar risks and potential outcomes from AI in the future.

What’s happening at Grow and Make: As Father’s Day approaches we have some favorites we would suggest for Dad. Whether you want to give him a DIY Kit as a gift or use a kit to make something for Dad, we’ve got you covered.

Owner’s Corner: New DIY Tea Herb Kit

Musing from the owner of Grow and Make: Will Johnston

Great quote: “I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” 
― James BaldwinNotes of a Native Son

What I’m reading/watching/hearing: Fascinating New Yorker article on noise pollution. I reflect on this article every day, since reading it. 100 years ago we didn’t have noise. There were not cars and trucks driving by, lawnmowers and blowers or planes flying overhead. No blasting music, tv blaring or horns blowing. Throughout our evolution we didn’t have the constant din of background noise, but now it’s saturating our every day existence. From The New Yorker Is Noise Pollution the Next Public Health Crisis

What’s happening at Grow and Make: We’re excited to roll out our updated DIY Tea Herb Garden Kit

Owner’s Corner: Using Meditation Practice Intervals

Musing from the owner of Grow and Make: Will Johnston

As a means to developing a meditation practice I have found it’s helpful to have intervals. There are many meditation timers which you can use that have interval reminders (every 3 minutes chime), which are great. More importantly I have found growing your practice length by using the timer is a great way to develop the duration. Beginners would start with 3 minutes and when that feels mastered, move onto 6, etc. Using this approach getting to a clear and mindful 30 minute sitting is much more easily achievable.

What I’m reading/watching/hearing: I’m excited to see that the New York Times has a new video feature every Sunday night (Hulu & Fx). The quality of journalism which the Times produces is unparalleled and deserving of as many outlets and forms of media as possible. The Times Weekly

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