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  • Introduction
  • Equipment and Materials
  • How to begin:
    • Common sense with candles
    • Working with heat
    • Priming wicks
    • Dipping
    • Overdipping
    • Hand finishing
    • Rolling
    • Hand Modelling
  • Moulded Candles:
    • Moulds
    • One-colour candles
    • Multicoloured candles
    • Candle fruits
    • Pour-in pour-out candles
    • Making your own moulds
  • Surface Techniques:
    • Pressed flowers and grasses
    • Applique
    • Inlays
    • Carving
    • Dip and Iron back
    • Hammering
    • Painting
  • Advanced surface techniques:
    • Dip and carve
    • Cutting corners
    • Snakes
  • Novelty Candles:
    • Whipped Wax candles
    • Birthday cake candles
    • Balloon candles
    • Sand candles
    • Water candles
    • Ice candles
  • Burning down chart
  • Faults chart
  • Index

Title: Candlemaking: Creative Designs and Techniques
Author: David Constable
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1992
Publisher: Search Press Ltd., UK
Page Count: 80
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 0-85532-683-2

SUMMARY- This is one of the first candlemaking books I ever bought, so it has a lot of sentimental value to me - it's been read so often, my copy is starting to come apart at the binding. It's where I first ran across the "pour-in, pour-out" technique(one of my favorites). You get a nice variety of techniques, though it is not as detailed as several other books I've recommended. The photography throughout is gorgeous, and the charts in the back can be very helpful(I copied them and had them tacked to my workboard for a long time).