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Gel candles with glass embeds

As I wrote in one of my introductory posts, I'm not a big fan of gel wax for candle making but for some projects I think it's really of great help.
Gel wax is actually not a real wax, it's mineral oil-based.

Pros and Cons (my personal opinion):
- Easy to work with (even if it takes forever to melt it by using a double boiler),
- Easy to remove when polymerized,
- You can embed glass objects, glitter, stones and sea shells for a wonderful visual effect;

- I don't like the smell of the mineral oil
- I don't like the way it burns

In this post I'll show you 100% gel wax-made candles, but in following posts I'll show you how to use gel wax in combination with other (real) waxes for very special projects!

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A quick guide to candle making 🕯️

Finally, temperature lowered and I managed to prepare a set of candles for this fall.
Candles are great for any occasion!
Halloween🎃, Xmas🎄, B-days🎂, romantic dinners🥂 or relaxing nights🌃. You can keep 'em for yourself or give them to family and friends as gifts!
If you've never made candles before, but you're eager to try, here you have 10 basic steps to follow.

This is not a comprehensive guide and does not pretend to be a candle-making course.

1) weigh the wax  Do you want to know more about waxes? Follow this LINK
2) Melt it in a double boiler (bain-marie). Stir every now and then...    ⚠ Do not boil the wax ⚠ Neverever place the container with the wax directly on the stove!
3)  At this point, you can add some color HERE, you have a post on candle dyes.

Remember: the final color of your candle depends on the wax too! For example, soy wax iswhite at room temperature and for this reason, it gives back pastel-like colors. A trick to check the final color: drip some melted wax on a…