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Soap Making Mold Ideas for Creative Soaps

Soap making mold is available in a variety of materials shapes and sizes. Because soap making is a creative hobby that saves money and allows for a limitless array of products, soap molds are considered to be an integral part of the soap making process. Soap molds can be simple bar or loaf shaped items or intricately manufactured molds that turn a fantastic recipe into a beautiful decorative soap. There are wooden molds, plastic molds, 3d molds and vinyl molds.

The use of decorative molds can turn a simple recipe into soaps that are the perfect gift or home decoration. Molds are available in the form of flowers, leaves, fruits and vegetables. There are soap molds for pumpkins, ghosts and skeletons, Santa Claus, candy canes, wreaths, Christmas ornaments, toy soldiers, shamrocks, Easter eggs, bunnies and lambs. There are soap molds for special occasions, wedding rings, new baby, birthday and housewarming. There are molds for seashells, monograms and monikers, such as “Diva” or “Born to Shop”. The array of soap molds allows a soap artist to marry quality ingredients with creative presentations.

Molds are available in a variety of materials as well.

Wooden Soap Making Molds- These molds are available in a number of shapes and sizes in tray or loaf form. Cold process soap makers use these to hold the mixture of soap and lye after it has melted and been combined with fragrance and or coloring. It is important to line these molds to make it easier to remove the soap from the mold for cutting. Cold process soap can be removed from the mold after it has cured the required amount of time which is approximately six to 8 weeks depending on the recipe used.

3-Dimensional or 3-D Soap Molds-These sophisticated and versatile soap molds are most commonly used to create cold process hand soap or melt and pour glycerin soaps. These are extremely durable and made of a Polystyrene extremely heavy duty plastic and ABS plastic which are FDA approved and food safe. Available in two part molds, four cavity or six cavity molds they can be used for numerous soap making options. These soap molds create a wide variety of beautiful, stylish and professional looking soaps

Sheet Soap Making Mold -These molds made of PVC plastic come in sheets and is similar to cookie cutters. They are a good choice for creation of smaller soaps in multiple shapes and sizes.

Flexible Soap Molds- Flexible soap molds are the ideal choice for cured soap because these types of soap molds make it much easier to release soap from the cavity of the mold. Soap makers find that these molds are very durable and that the use of flexible vinyl allows for much greater detail and eliminates the risk of soap crumbling as it is released from the mold.

You can enjoy many creative and relaxing moments making soap. Soap molds are tools that will turn your special recipe from banal to brilliant. Have fun!

About the Author

Sidney Lynn is a soap making enthusiast and provides a Free Soap Making Secrets Mini-Course that reveals the best information on how to make soap, recipes, and information on how you can even make money with your handmade soaps at To get your Soap Making Mold questions answered, sign up for the Free Soap Making Secrets Mini-Course today.

Basic Beading – Beads Made Of Wood

Bringing a whole new meaning to the natural look, wooden beads have become the latest staple in fashion. The reason why? It’s simple, really. Wooden beads are inexpensive and chic. You can still look glamorous without paying an arm and a leg to do so. Not only do these beads add a subtle yet earthy tone to any outfit, but they can be treated and customized in many different ways to provide all sorts of fun and fabulous effects.

Wooden beads are ideal for those who like chunky jewelry, because you don’t have to worry about the hassle of being weighed down like you would with regular beads. Since they are so light, they make for perfect gifts when made into bracelets, anklets, or necklaces.

Extremely versatile, wooden beads can be carved into pretty much anything there is. These can include patterns, letters, and animals. The reason why these beads are popular with beadmaking in general is because of their smooth and soft exterior.


Originally predated by bone beads, these beads first became a hit with Western Civilizations in the early 1920′s. Since that time, they have been embraced by many cultures from all walks of life. In some regions of the world, wearing wooden beads have even become a regular part of tradition. Until settlers from Europe brought over glass and semiprecious stones, these were considered the only acceptable form of tribal jewelry wear.

In the beginning of the 20th century, designers like Coco Chanel first introduced these beads into their fashion designs. In turn, this took their popularity to an entirely different level. For this reason alone, these beads have constantly been used again and again on the catwalk and featured in magazines all across the world.


When it comes to caring for them, not a lot of caution needs to be thrown to the wind. Since they’re made from natural materials, they’re water resistant. Sometimes the paint or adornment that’s used over top of the wood may chip or get damaged slightly, but this is okay. The reason is because the varnish or sealant used protects the wood, making it last longer.

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The Beautiful Craft of Macrame Plant Hanger

Macrame plant hanger is among the various types of macrame which is regaining the attention it deserves. It involves tying knots to make beautiful art works. If you are among those who find it difficult to make crafts or don’t have the interest – the good news is; you have a whole lot of already made ones to pick from. Plant hangers are one of the most popular items in the beautiful art of macrame.

Macrame plant hanger is the ideal for showing off your plants. You cannot resist the natural beauty exhibited in homes where this great artwork is used for different kinds of plants and pots. If produced carefully they can last for so many years. You can place you potted plants in the hanger to give a natural and tremendous look. The sight of the hanger in the home, office, garden, school environment is highly appealing.

The various colors of macrame plant hanger give you the opportunity to pick the ones that suit your taste. Select colors that will be the most appropriate for your home. If used as outdoor plant hangers ensure your color choice suits the general tone of the building. Gemstones can be added to the hangers for an astonishing look. Like all works of art, creativity is very essential when producing this craft.

The craft of macrame plant hanger is taken by some people as a hobby. Some also take to it as a means of achieving financial freedom. Great you’ll say! Do you know that this craft avails you the opportunity to exercise your body? You have fewer materials to use hence reduces complexities associated with some crafts.

This hanger is a great gift which can be given out to your loved ones. I have one made and given to me by my mother in 1990 which still looks great. The natural atmosphere it creates in the home is irresistible. With macrame plant hangers you have the choice of either keeping your plants indoors or outdoors without any damage to the plants. They can be moved to strategic locations to go with the weather conditions.

In conclusion, the beautiful craft -macrame plant hanger has come to stay. Let’s use it to display our plants for a more natural touch in the home, workplace, gallery, etc. If you are an arts enthusiast there are several opportunities for you to learn the craft as well as purchase beautiful ones. You can get them online.There are also content rich books to guide and show you the different macrame patterns.

About the Author

Nonye Okota is a successful Author, Educationist, Speaker and Internet Marketer. For more educative information on the art of Macrame, visit Nonye’s loaded website

Start Candle Making the Easy Way With a Candle Making Kit

One of the easiest ways to start candle making is with a candle making kit. These kits are set up in a variety of ways, from totally complete kits to ones that just contain wax, scents, coloring agents and instructions. They vary in cost from around $25 to over $200, depending on what materials and equipment they contain.

If you are just beginning candle making, it may be best to start with a kit that contains the essential equipment, such as a good thermometer and a melting pot as well as the necessary wax and wicks. Most kits are designed to include everything required to make a certain type of candle, so will also supply a choice of fragrance oils and dye chips, and candle molds for that type of candle.

For example, if you want to make soy container candles, then you can easily find a selection of soy candle making kits. The kit may contain the soy wax, a pouring pitcher, thermometer, containers for the candles, tabbed wicks, a selection of fragrance oils and liquid dyes, along with complete instructions. You will just need to supply a melting pot or double boiler for melting the wax, and a stir stick. No need for you to research wick types, or locate sources for the materials on your own. What an easy way to have instant results!

Perhaps you want to make tealights, votive candles or pillar candles. Candle making kits can easily be found for each of these candle types. These kits will include the correct molds, the correct types of wicks, and of course, the wax, scent and dye materials. Each one will give you step-by-step instructions for making that particular type of candle. Once you have purchased a kit, and now have the essential equipment, you will just need to buy more of the expendable supplies such as waxes, dyes, essential fragrance oils and wicks.

You may wonder whether candle making kits are cost-effective, compared to buying your supplies separately.
Having done a cost comparison, I can tell you that buying a candle making kit will not only save you hours of research, it will probably not cost you more than buying the individual items you require to make a particular type of candle. You will need to know just what each kit contains, and what else you may need in the way of equipment to be able to use it. Remember that any equipment the kit contains, such as pouring or melting containers and thermometer are reusable supplies.

Candle making supplies are becoming more popular and are easy to find these days. Many sources can be found on the internet, or you can visit any large craft store to find what you need. Many people want eco-friendly candles, so waxes derived from plant materials such as soy, and essential oil fragrances are becoming very easy to find. There is an expanding market for these supplies as well as unique candles. Candle making can become a wonderful do-it-yourself hobby, or even a creative and profitable new business venture for you.

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A long-time crafts enthusiast, Nicki Archer shares her candle making experience and knowledge with you in her free beginner candle making e-course.

Her on-site comprehensive e-book, Creative Candlemaking, along with bonus e-books, will get you going with all you need to make your own candles successfully.

Mothers Day Crafts-Make your Own Mothers Day Gift Container

Transform a metal peanut can in to an attractive Mothers Day gift by simply recycling. Not only will you be giving a new life to what would normally be a “throw – away” can once the peanuts are done, you will also be creating a compact and fun storage gift giving idea for just peanuts.

A peanut can is the perfect size to store small gift items in. What I love about recycling the peanut can is the beauty of what the can looks like once the wrapper is removed. What I am referring to is the shimmering metallic finish on the outside and inside of the can (no need to gift wrap). Secondly, it comes with a removable clear plastic lid that will serve another purpose in this project. Supplies you will need:

1 Metal peanut can – For this project I chose a small peanut can
1 Small piece of felt – I chose a pink color
1 Ceramic wine bottle stopper with a cork base – I chose one in sage green and white that has a grape design painted on the top that I purchased at Michael’s craft store for $1.00
1 gift tag – I chose a pink and white polk a dot one to add contrast.
1 package of decorative self adhesive backed rhinestones – I chose sage green.
Adhesive glue stick
Dishwashing soap
Black fine point writing pen
Utility Knife
Craft scissors

Step1 – Remove outside wrapper from peanut can and thoroughly wash the inside of the can using dishwashing soap. Dry can and set aside.

Step 2- Take your plastic lid and set it on top of your felt. Using a writing pen trace around the base of lid creating a circle. Next, take your craft scissors and cut out the circle, repeating the step to cut out a second circle, but this time you will also be cutting out a smaller circle by tracing around the bottle stopper. Once the circles are cut out, fold into quarters then cut along the edges to create a scalloped edge which will resemble a flower. An alternative would be to use craft scissors that have a built in scalloped edge.

Step 3 – Take your ceramic wine bottle stopper and position it on to the top middle section of your plastic lid. Next, using a pen, draw a circle around the cork base. Set bottle stopper aside and using your utility knife carefully cut out the traced circle from your plastic lid. Note: Be sure to cut the circle just a little bit smaller than what you traced. This is so the wine bottle stopper will fit nicely without falling through the lid opening. Then, pull cork base through the center opening of the felt circles allowing only the ceramic part of the bottle opener to show by pulling the top felt piece up, creating a flower(see below for photos). You are now ready to attach your lid back on to the metal can.

Step 4 – Apply adhesive glue to the back of one of your cut out felt circles and apply it to the top of the plastic container. Repeat the same step to your second felt circle and apply it to the top of the first piece of felt.

Step 5 – Using your fine point pen, address the gift tag writing the words “Happy Mothers Day”. Next, apply adhesive glue stick to the back of the gift tag and apply to the section of the can where the previous glue was applied to the original paper wrapper. Very important, hold gift tag until adhesive sticks to metal container – approx. 1-2 minutes on each side. If gift tag starts to come off, apply more adhesive and hold firmly in place until gift tag is secure.

Step 6 – Apply decorative adhesive backed rhinestone around the container to add sparkle. Finally, remove plastic lid and fill with your new fun Mothers Day gift with mom’s favorite gift items. Be sure to check out my upcoming Snowflake Silver Metallic Christmas Peanut Can.

About the Author

Linda Johnson is a degreed and experienced crafter and interior decorating specialist, with years of experience helping friends, family, and clients solve their decorating and craft needs. Linda and her contributing editors invite you to submit your own great ideas for free, and also find tons more craft ideas and decorating projects like this with photos to try yourself at

How To Make Tallow Candles At Home In Simple Steps

There are three kinds of people in general that want to know how to make tallow candles: hunters, historians, and candle makers in general. And if we are not a part of any of these groups, tallow candles can still be a great look into how candles used to be made and a fun way to create an old fashioned piece of light. It is important to keep in mind that although does have a lot of problems though, which is why it is not widely used anymore. First, unless it is extremely pure it gives off an unpleasant odor when burned. Second, it can have a very rough and crumbly texture after the candle is made. Lastly, it does give off a lot of smoke and burning and also burns the fastest of all the different candle wax is that are available. Despite all of those problems, tallow candles tend to have a beautiful creamy color to them that is impossible to replicate.

Because making a molded candle can be quite difficult this kind of wax, we’re going to focus on how to make taper candles for the purposes of this crime, even though they are more time consuming. Cut a piece of keep your comments trading to about one full blown, then carefully warm the tallow until it is melted in a double boiler. To make taper candles, the hot wax must be in a fairly deep container, because we’re going to just keep dipping it to continue for many lawyers. It is extremely important that the wick stays straight through the first few letters, so find something that you can hang it from such as a pencil. Dip the like straight down into the wax without a touching the bottom and let it soak up as much as possible. Now pulling out and hang it to cool. Once it has cooled, repeat the process. While this is time consuming and a little tedious, you completely control how wide the finish candle will be and you can make several of time by hanging more than one way.

Once you have reached the desired thickness, simply trim the wick to about ¼ inch and enjoy your new candle. If you really want to have some fun, winter your own tallow by boiling fewer bovine fat and then straining through nylon hose. Now you can use your own homemade tallow to show others how to make tallow candles!

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Thank you for reading and I really hope that this has helped you out, for more lessons on how to make tallow candles at home and for more free candle making tips simply click the links, thank you for reading, good luck!

How to Make a Gel Candle with an Aquatic Theme

What do you think of when you think of the beach? Sun, fun, ocean, bikinis, restfulness and much more. All of these are good things to think about.

What if you could make a candle that reminded you of all these “nice” things? Well it is not hard and can easily be done. You have probably even seen candles like these being sold for a pretty penny.

In making your candle, you first need to think about how or what you want to put into this candle. Think of the ocean and things that might remind you of it – sand, seahorses, starfish, pebbles, etc. Now go find some of these things and also get a wick and some gel wax – which is just gel developed strictly for making candles.

Now find a container that would fit your need. Perhaps a small round fish bowl type of glass would be good for starters. Really any non-flammable container is acceptable. If it is glass, you will be able to clearly see your beach-scape. Maybe you can even get a blue tinted glass.

Next, get your wick and cut it a few inches longer than needed. Place a drop of hot glue in the bottom center of your container and stick the one end of the wick in it. Allow it to cool.

Once that is complete, take the gel wax, cut it into smaller cubes and place it into a container to heat up and melt. If you are not familiar on how to do this, do a quick search on the net and you’ll get some ideas. Make sure that the heat is not too hot or too cold.

Keep it at temperature (about 200 degrees) until such time the wax is completely melted, smooth and a thick liquid. For more attractive effects, you can use coloring materials that create enhancing effects to the product. Do not use coloring materials that would make the gel lose its transparency and don’t use water-based and paste dyes in combination. They do not complement each other.

Add some oil or gel scent for some fragrant effects. If the wax turns cloudy, add some more gel cubes. Any scents that you use must be alcohol-free. For the ocean theme, choose a “cool” scent rather than those which are fruity or musky.

Now place your beach decorations in the container. Build the scene up layer by layer, i.e., add some sand, then maybe some gravel, then stick something into the gravel and carefully add more things.

When your scene is complete you are ready to pour the wax. If it is possible to heat the container to about 150 degrees, you may get less bubbles.

Pull the wick up, add the wax and let cool for a number of hours.

You have now completed your beach scene candle. Place it somewhere so that you can enjoy the memories that it brings or simply burn it and enjoy the fragrance and flickering light it brings. You can always make another one.

About the Author

Carol Short is a candle making enthusiast who enjoys candle making, and talking and teaching about it. Her new ebook “Secrets To Scentsational Candle Making” shows you everything you need to know to make candles.

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Pfaff Creative 2170 Sewing and Embroidery Machine – A Review

One thing that I have noticed frequently in sewing machine reviews is that some machines, such as the Pfaff Grand Quilter, are designed for quilting, while other sewing machines, such as the Pfaff 2170 embroidery machine are intended expressly for use in light fabrics and embroidery. Sewing machines have evolved a great deal over the years, and the bare functionality of an automated needle are only the first steps in today’s precision creations.

By combining a personal computer with a precision sewing machine, Pfaff has made even the most complicated projects easier. Embroidery has become easier after re-hooping through the use of images mapping and one-touch needle control. The long and tedious matching process of yesteryear has been replaced by a fast and efficient method that makes the project progress more quickly, and the results more professional. This allows amazingly detailed embroidery of any size patterns, freeing users from the constraints of a limited working area for a pattern.

You can even customize designs on the screen, a few simple touches will allow you to make adjustments, allow auto-resizing according the hoop size, and many other features. You can even download Pfaff designs yourself, and increase the functionality by adding stitches to your machine, and increasing the number of designs you have available. The 2170 Creative from Pfaff is truly a one-stop machine for creating perfect embroidery in the shortest time.

Now, a Pfaff 2170 sewing machine is going to cost a lot more than a run-of-the-mill Singer. But you can think of the increased price as paying for enhanced quality, and superb design. A computerized sewing machine like the Pfaff Creative 2170 really doesn’t have much in common with standard non-computer models. It is essentially the difference between walking and riding in an airplane.

The Pfaff comes with many default stitches in many categories, including 9mm stitches, Maxi stitches, embroidery and quilting stitches, and many others. And if the set of stitches that comes with the machine aren’t enough, you can crate your own, or add more from the growing collection of stitches and patterns you can download directly for the Pfaff Company. The Pfaff 2170 embroidery machine didn’t get to be popular because it looks good; it gained its popularity by outperforming the competitors, and becoming the best sewing machine available for the task of embroidery.

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Temari Ball and Tea Bag Art

I recently wrote an article about some of the different types of crafts or hobbies that are available. When doing some research to see how many I could find, I came across a couple that I had never heard of and they really piqued my interest. Tea Bag Art and Temari Ball Art. Not having heard of either of these, I decided to see what I could discover and share what I found in case someone else that wasn’t familiar with them.

The first one was Tea Bag Art. I have a sister who has a great knack of using tea to stain different types of materials to make them look aged for some of her wall hangings that she does, so I assumed that was probably Tea Bag Art. Wrong. Yes, you can use tea for staining various projects, but don’t throw the used tea bags away. It seems like if you carefully take them apart by removing the staple, open the bag so that they will lay flat and let them dry properly, you can use them in a form of Origami and fold them into unique designs. Traditional tea bag folding creates more of a symmetrical designs then Origami. With some practice you will find that certain types of tea will stain the bag in different shades, so you can have some color variances without using any dyes. From what I could find, it seems to have Dutch origins where they actually used the tea bag folder instead of the actual tea bag. It seems like most of the art is used for decorating photo albums, scrapbooks, or anything your imagination can dream up. Another use I found for tea bags is to carefully open them up, add a little bit of dried lavender, reseal them and hold them under running bath water to add a lovely scent to your bath.

I found that Temari Ball art is art started by the Chinese and based on the Japanese use of old kimono silk to make toys for babies. They would start with a ball made of practically any substance from paper to wood chips and begin by completely covering the ball with thicker threads and them using thinner threads to give shape and texture to it. When the tradition started, mothers would place a small piece of paper inside the ball with a goodwill wish on it for her child and then start lovingly wrapping the ball with the brightly colored kimono silk threads. Receiving a Temari Ball is considered a symbol of loyalty and great friendship and should be a very cherished gift. It is amazing how beautiful a Temari Ball can be by simply wrapping different colored threads around a ball.

I hope you have enjoyed a brief touch on these two unique crafts. I now have added two more things to my “bucket list” of craft projects to try when I retire.

About the Author

Lanette Herrmann is co-founder of Something and More Hand Crafted Gifts,, and has enjoyed woodcrafting and other types of crafts for many years. She started out learning how to braid rugs with her grandmother. She got her love of hand stitching and weaving rugs from her mother. She also enjoys quilting, using the scroll saw and many other woodworking tools. When she isn’t working at her full time job, Lynn’s favorite pastime is spending time with her family. If she isn’t playing with her grandson, you can probably find her down in the sewing room or out in the shop being a woodcrafter.

DIY- Make a Candle!

Candles are so nice! And they light up whole of your environment so beautifully! Why not try making candles yourself? You’ll just need a handful of supplies and it’s not at all messy!

Supplies Needed for Candle Making

  1. Wax- you can even use the plain white candles or crayons. However, if going proper way, then get some paraffin wax, soy wax or beeswax.
  2. Wax melter
  3. Thermometer- Specific candle making thermometers are there and they are just essential for candle making.
  4. Mold- If not, then use any container, may be a glass, bowl or a tin.
  5. Fragrant Oil- if, of course, you want some aromatic candles. Its optional.
  6. Dyes- optional, only if you want colorful candles.
  7. Putty- for molds

Steps for Making Candle

Select the type of wax to be used. If beeswax, you don’t need to melt it. It is just wrapped around a wick and sealed using the thumb. If using paraffin or soy wax, they have to be melted and double-boiled.

Place the wax melter in a pot half filled with water which should be kept on a burner with low-medium heat. Now place the wax pieces into the melter. When the wax melt, add dyes or fragrance. You can even place glitters to make a decorative candle. However, very little quantity of oil should be mixed( 1 tablespoon or ¼ of an ounce or 3% of the candle’s weight of oil for each pound of wax melted) otherwise, the candle will not burn properly.

Measure the temperature of the wax with the help of the thermometer. If you have selected a mold of cardboard, plastic or glass, keep the temperature at 130 degrees Fahrenheit and if the mold is made of some metal, then heat the wax up to 190 degrees Fahrenheit.

While the wax is in the process of melting, prepare the mold. You can do it even before you begin to melt the wax- just prepare the mold beforehand- before the wax reaches the right temperature. For preparing it, keep the length of the wick 2 inches more than the candle. Pass the wick through the hole at the bottom of the mold and fix it with putty. Tie the wick at the other end of the mold with something like a stick or a pencil.

Pour the wax into the mold. Let the wax cool for at least 12 hours. For better results, refrigerate it for another 12 hours. Remove the candle from the mold. Your home made candle is ready.

Thrilled by it! Want some more of it? Then make a floating candle centerpiece!

Hope you’ll enjoy the creative candle making experience!!

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