4 Tbsp ground cloves
4 Tbsp ground cinnamon
4 Tbsp ground nutmeg
4 Tbsp ground ginger
A few drops cinnamon oil
A few drops clove oil
2 Tbsp gum Tragacanth (or gum Arabic)
4 Tbsp water
Can also substitute applesauce for the water, and add some of
Elmer’s glue, in place of the gum, to help it all stick together.
Combine the ingredients to make a dough and shape into pentacles.
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From Moonfire Coven
5 small branches a Styrofoam hoop or an embroidery hoop
(inner hoop only) or some other type of hoop
bag of fake snow (the sparkly kind)
cheese cloth (1 package)
1. Glue the branches in the middle of the hoop to create a pentacle.
2. Soak the cheese cloth in the flour paste the wring out lightly... you want enough flour paste left on the cloth to make it stick to the styrofoam and hold its shape.
3. Wrap the entire pentacle in the cloth - each piece individually, to give it texture and body.
4. Let dry. Depending on many factors this may take up to 2 days.
5. With a paint brush, lightly brush on some flour paste - Do Not Soak It.
6. Now place the fake snow in a bowl or on a platter and completely coat the pentacle.
7. Allow to dry completely and add a big pretty bow to the top to hang it.
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Candle Making Basics
From Better Homes & Gardens
Materials & Equipment:
Gather together all necessary equipment before you start.
Wicks: The proper wick for a candle depends on the size and type of mold
you're using. Square-braided wicks are for block candles made using metal
molds. Wire-core wicks are for container candles (the wire core keeps the
wick from falling into the melted wax) and are usually anchored by a wick
tab. Be sure to avoid wire-core wicks that contain lead, which emits toxic fumes.
Wick holder: For block candles, a wick holder also is essential for centering
and stabilizing the wick as you pour the wax into the mold and while the wax
hardens to form the candle. Wick holders can be as simple as a short length
of dowel or wire that reaches across the top of the mold or as sophisticated
as a metal holder made especially for candle making.
Mold sealant: This tacky wax covers the hole after you thread the wick through
the bottom of a mold.
Wax: The two main types of wax are beeswax and paraffin wax. Beeswax is golden
and has a sweet fragrance. Paraffin wax is a by-product of the petroleum industry
and releases from molds more easily than beeswax. It is white and somewhat opaque.
Although it burns without odor, it also burns more quickly than beeswax.
Melting pot: A pot for melting wax is one of the most important pieces of equipment.
There are specific containers made for melting wax on a stovetop, but an old coffeepot
(preferably one without seams) with a handle and pouring spout or a double boiler will
work just as well.
Hot pads: Always use hot pads when handling the warm melting pot and molds.
Thermometer: A candle or candy thermometer to monitor the temperature of the
wax also is essential (it should have a clip for securing it to the side of
the melting container). Without an accurate thermometer, you run the risk of
heating the wax to the flash point -- the temperature at which the wax will
catch on fire -- a very dangerous situation.
Molds: Metal candle molds are available in various sizes and shapes and
usually come with a screw for attaching the wick through the bottom hole, so
you'll need a screwdriver. Other containers such as old milk cartons and
frozen orange-juice containers also make good molds for candles.
Mold-release spray or powder: These products make it easy to remove the
candle from the mold. The powders are mixed in with the melted wax; the
spray is applied to the inside of the mold before the wax is poured.
Other additives: Stearic acid increases the hardness of the wax. Luster
crystals extend the burning time of a candle and improve the overall
appearance. Add color and scent by shaving small bits from special blocks
and putting them into the melted wax. To add decorative elements like shells,
whole color chips or colored glass, you'll need cardboard to make a sleeve.
Cool-water bath tools: To speed the wax-hardening process, use an old pot
that's deep enough to accommodate the height of your mold. A mold holder is
essential for safely moving a mold filled with hot wax into a cool-water
bath; mold weights that wrap around the bottom of the mold will keep it
stable in the bath.
Candle-wax remover: Clean molds, tools, and other accessories easily during
and after candle-making. Keep molds clean and dust-free so future candles
will remain relatively pure.
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Making Block Candles
From Better Homes & Gardens
Step 1: Cut a length of wick a little longer than the height of your mold.
Tie one end of the wick onto a dowel or insert it in a wick holder, and
thread the wick through the mold and out the hole at the bottom. Insert a
screw in the hole, and wrap the wick counterclockwise around the screw.
Tighten the screw, and trim the wick end to 1 inch long.
Step 2: Place a small amount of mold sealant over the screw, and spread it
out with your fingers. Be sure to cover the entire screw and wick, making a tight seal.
Step 3: In the melting pot, heat the wax to the pouring temperature
specified on the wax package. Add any desired additives at the temperature
specified in the manufacturer's directions. After the wax has melted, add
shavings of color and scent, if desired. Remember that a small amount of
shaved color and scent goes a long way. Place a mold holder on the mold, and
wrap a mold weight around the bottom. Place the mold and holder in an old pan
to catch any excess wax. After the wax has reached the correct pouring temperature,
hold the mold at a slight angle and fill it with melted wax to the desired
height. Don't fill it to the top -- leave at least 1 inch unfilled so you
don't have to worry about the wax overflowing when you place the mold in a
cool-water bath. Reserve a small amount of wax for later use. Firmly tap the
sides of the mold to eliminate air bubbles.
Finishing the Block Candle:
Step 4: After pouring the wax into the mold, you may just let the mold sit
to harden the candle, or you can speed the process by using a cool-water bath.
To use a cool-water bath, fill a pot with cool water to a height a few inches
shorter than your mold. Hold the mold holder by the handle, and lower the mold
into the water.
Step 5: As the wax hardens, you'll notice that the center of the mold will
begin to sink, forming a well. This is normal; you can fill the well with
leftover wax. Reheat the reserved wax, and pour just enough of it into the
center of the mold to fill only the well (be careful not to overfill). Let
the wax harden, and refill any other wells that appear.
Step 6: After the candle has completely hardened, remove it from the mold.
Remove the mold sealer and screw from the bottom of the mold, and release
the wick from the dowel or wick holder. Place the mold with the top down on a
small block of scrap wood. Lifting the mold and the block together, release
the candle from the mold by firmly tapping the pieces onto a hard countertop
or table. The block of wood will prevent the mold from denting and will
protect your work surface. To finish, lightly scrape off any imperfections
using a paring knife
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To Make A Human Candle
Take an empty 1 at mild carton and completely open the top. Tie a length of
wick or string around a pencil, and lay the pencil across the top of the carton
so that the string hangs down to and touches the bottom of the carton. Pour hot
wax into the carton. When the wax has partially cooled, remove the candle and
carve a human figure out of it.
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Making Money Candles
Items needed: 2-4 Pounds of paraffin (the kind that markets sell for canning.
Sometimes you can find blocks of it at the larger hobby stores.
Green Candle dye or a green crayon (MUST be a wax one.)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
A small bowl
Patchouli essential oil
A large pot and a smaller can (coffee can works wel) (The taller the can, the
longer the wicking must be. A tall, thin can, slightly longer than the length
you desire your candle to be, is ideal [paper milk cartons are waxed and will
Baking soda (its use is fire safety)
1 wooden spoon with a long handle
Step 1: To speed the melting process, grate or chop the wax into small
pieces before melting. Fill the large pot about 1/3 full of water. Place on high
heat until boiling. Place the paraffin in the can, and set the can into the pot.
Turn the heat down to medium. Watch the wax as it is melting. Paraffin easily
bursts into flame over high heat (this is exactly why it is used for making
candles). If flames do appear, place a lid over the can or drench the area with
baking soda to snuff out the fire. If you keep the heat low you should have no fire.
Step 2: While the wax is melting, place the two spices into the bowl. Mix
them together, empowering them as you visualize money manifesting in your life.
Infuse the herbs with your goal.
Step 3: Check the wax. For best results, you should have at least 6" of
melted wax. If there's less, add moer wax chunks. (If the wax has melted but is
beginning to harden, the heat is too low-turn it up a bit.
Add a few chunks of candle dye to the wax and mix with the wooden spoon. (You
may also remove the paper from one of the green crayons and add it to the wax
after breaking the crayon up. The dye will melt. Stir until the paraffin is
evenly colored. The finished, dried candles will be a shade or two lighter than
the color of the melted wax. More dye may be necessary to create the desired
dark green shade.
Step 4: Once the wax has been tinted, sprinkle the spices onto the wax
with your projective hand. Dust off your fingers over the pot and stir the herbs
into the wax with the wooden spoon. Stir clockwise and visualize. Add 8-16 drops
patchouli essential oil to the wax and again, stir with wooden spoon. Smell the
wax. It should be heavily accented. If not add more.
Step 5: Begin dipping. Hold length of cotton wicking between your thumb and
forefinger. Dunk it into the wax, It'll probably just float on the surface the first
few times you do this, for the wick lacks enough weight to plunge it to the bottom of
the pot. After dippig, remove it and hold it in the air for a moment or two until the
wax has set, then dip again. Dip again, lift the wicking completely from the melted
wax, allow the wax to set, and redip. Repeat as needed. The longer you wait between
dippings, allowing the wax to harden, the faster the candle will build up. If you
simply dunk and dunk and dunk, the hot paraffin will melt each proceeding coat and
you'll end up with a soggy piece of wicking. With proper dipping, the candle will soon
form. It's bottom will grow into an inverted cone-shape from the wax that drips down
the taper's edge as it cools. This is natural, don't wory about it.
Step 6: When the candle has achieved the proper width, hang it to dry in a
spot where it won't be touched for several minutes. Allow the candle to hang freely.
After 20 or so minutes, test candle. The wax should have set but the taper should
still be warm. Check it periodically to be sure that it hasn't completely hardened
before the next step.
Step 7: Turn off the heat under the wax. Smooth out the waxed paper on the
counter or table. Lay the candle on the paper and gently, with an easy rocking motion,
roll the candle back and forth on the waxed paper. This straightens the taper and reduces
irregularities on its surface.
Step 8: When the candle is fairly straight, cut off the inverted cone at the
bottom of the candle with a sharp knife. Dip the taper two more times into the melted
wax and hang to dry until hard. To save time, make more than one candle at a time and
hang while you are dipping the others.
Step 9: Choose a time when you'll be alone. Smell the rich prosperous scent
and visualize money manifesting in your life. Hold the candle tightly between your palms.
Send energy into it, saying something like the following:
I charge you by Jupiter.
I charge you by the Earth.
I charge you by the Sun, Moon, and Stars:
Bring money to me,
Money to me,
Money to me,
So mote it be!
Set the candle in a holder. Light it. Sit or stand before it, watching the flame
transform the way into liquid. Visualize the candle releasing the energies, that
you've placed within it. Sense it sending out power to bring your need for money
Let the candle burn down to its end. (if in a safe location.) Or allow it to burn for 4, 8, or 16 minutes daily until your need manifests.
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