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Making Candles with Find + Form

Candle Making

Candle Making

Who doesn’t love the smell of a scented candle in their home? They are a great way to add ambiance, enhance your décor and maybe distract from the fact you might need to push the duster round a bit… Scented candles also make a lovely gift for family and friends, especially if you’ve made it for them yourself.

Our candle making workshops are a popular way to learn a new skill, spend time with friends and create something special from scratch.

It’s easier than you might think to make the perfect scented candles, but there are a few factors you need to consider.

First of all you need choose the right vessel. Whether your style aesthetic is modernist, beachy or classical there is a suitable vessel out there for you. Just make sure it can withstand the temperature of melted wax.

candle making
Candle Making

There are many types and brands of wax out there…

choosing the right wax can be a minefield. We focus on 100% soy wax in our candle making workshops and only stock soy wax candles in our store, but bees wax, paraffin wax, palm wax and  coconut wax can be found at candle making supplier stores throughout Australia.

One of the most important aspects of your scented candle is of course the scent.

We really love testing and blending scents. Any great scent should have a great balance of top, middle and bottom notes and a properly scented candle will smell divine, even when it’s not lit.  At our candle making workshops you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of fragrances and we know you’ll find a scent you’ll love. We’ll teach you how to add just the right amount of fragrances and exactly when to add it to your molten wax. So you can be sure your candles will have a great scent throw. 

Selecting the right size wick and ensuring it is centred in your vessel will help to make sure your candle will burn evenly. Once your wick is in place it’s time to start melting the wax. Watching the wax gently melt can be a very therapeutic part of the candle making process. There is something calming about watching as the wax gradually changes from solid to liquid as you gently heat and stir.

Once the fragrance is added (at just the right time) it’s the moment to carefully and gently pour the molten wax in to your vessels. A steady hand is essential but you’ll soon get the hang of it. After a few hours the wax will solidify and cure and your candles will be ready to take home of gift to some lucky person in your life.

candle scent

If this has sparked your interest why not get a some friends together and book one of our private group workshops or join us for the next scheduled one… we’d love to have you!

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Spotlight on… Watercolour Workshops

If you’ve been in store lately and enquired about our Watercolour Workshops, you may have noticed the look of excitement in our eyes at the mere mention.
This is because after 5 months of hosting some fabulous workshoppers with the very talented Elizabeth Sullivan, we sincerely enjoy this workshop in particular.

Our collaboration with Elizabeth Sullivan began when we were introduced by a mutual friend who knew about our plans to start Find + Form and she thought that Elizabeth’s art might work well in our store. And so the conversations began…….

After a few chats and emails Elizabeth kindly invited us to her light filled studio. We were blown away by the work Elizabeth creates, so much so that we broached the question of whether she would consider collaborating with us on one of our creative workshop ideas. Lucky for us she said yes, and the Introduction to Watercolour workshops hosted by Find + Form were born.

One of the beautiful aspects of Elizabeth’s workshops is that you don’t have to have any experience and you won’t be expected to labour over your work until you create an exact rendition of a still life. Rather, you’ll be encouraged to unlock your creativity as you build layers of your abstract piece. Elizabeth’s warm personality shines through as she walks you through a number or watercolour techniques and after a few practice brush strokes you’ll be raring to go.

Elizabeth’s creativity and passion for colour, pattern and texture shines through in her work. Elizabeth uses many mediums in her work. From watercolour to acrylic through to embellishing her work with stitching, she has used a variety of techniques and processes that results in her own unique style and artistic language.

Drawing inspiration from the world around us Elizabeth’s work is influenced by her travels, a love of pattern, flora and fauna, the sea and the mountains. Her artworks endeavour to engage a sensory reaction by telling a story through layers of paint and mixed media, adding texture and tactility. She generously imparts her passion, skill and knowledge in the workshops that she hosts. We are confident that after a few hours in one of Elizabeth’s workshops you’ll feel more relaxed and connected to your creative self.

We love following Elizabeth’s journey on social media. She is a prolific artist who gives us a daily dose of colourful creativity in our feed. So, If you don’t already follow her on Instagram, check her out @elizabethsullivanart and if you feel inspired to join us for one of her workshops you can click here to learn more…