An introduction to candlemaking
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About the Course
This class is designed for total beginners, or those just starting out.
Held in our 15th Century barn, just off the A14 in Suffolk, the course runs from 10.30am - 2.30pm (approximately) with a light lunch included.
The class focuses primarily on the art of Soy Wax candlemaking, but does include a brief foray into Paraffin wax. It includes an introduction to materials, waxes/wicks/cores and containers. We cover the description of commonly used waxes, how to measure the correct quantities, perfume and their effects, wax dyes, pour temperatures and how to fix surface problems.
During the workshop, you will make and take away with you, 1 x 150g glass, 1 x 250g glass, 1 x 3 wick candle, 1 x Tablet of Wax Melts, 1 x kilner jar of soy wax tealights in a variety of fragrances and 6 x paraffin wax, botanical/christmas hangings.
If you wish to bring someone else with you on the course (spectator), this isn't a problem, but please advise at the time of booking, (an additional cost will be made for lunch). I can hold a maximum of 4 students at one time. PLEASE NOTE, A £20.00 DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF BOOKING. If for some reason you need to cancel, but re-arrange for a later date, this deposit will be carried over. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will require full payment. Weekends are available throughout the year, but are priced at £100.00. Please E Mail me if you wish to have a weekend workshop.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. The voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All tools and materials are included within the course, as is a light homemade lunch, tea, coffee and biscuits.
I booked this course as an introduction to candle making, having considered setting up my own business. The course was perfect! Jo was very generous Sharing her expertise and tips including suppliers, legal requirements and of course, the art of candle making. The day was very enjoyable, a beautiful venue, and myself and my fellow course attendees were made to feel very welcome and at home. It felt as though I were spending a fun day with friends. The candles we made were beautiful, and I left feeling enthused and keen to make more. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this course, whether it be for fun and to learn a new skill, or to help with the finer points relating to the making of candles to sell. Gill
Gill Edwards - - #11712
A fabulous course in a tranquil rural setting. Jo is an inspirational and knowledgable teacher who generously shares her expert knowledge with her students in her beautiful barn home. Jo significantly limits the number of students on her courses, to enable her to give each one personal attention. I had a fun, productive and very enjoyable day in a good-natured and relaxed atmosphere. I learnt a huge amount about candles, melts and hanging wax Christmas decorations, which I shall put to good use to make gifts for friends and family. A delicious home-made soup for lunch - the break allowing time for our candles to set. The finishing touches with the wrapping of our products to take home, really was the icing on the cake. A wonderful experience. Highly recommended.
Debs Steele - - #11542
I absolutely recommend this wonderful day with Jo in her beautiful home. Having researched a number of candle making courses I decided to travel from London to attend this course as it appeared to offer the best all round tuition and value for money. I was so glad that I made the trip, it was nothing short of an amazing day. Jo is exceptionally experienced and was really generous both with the products she taught us to make and her wealth of knowledge. We made so many products with different sized candles and waxes and the Christmas tree decorations was an added bonus that I hadn't considered making before. It was a fabulous experience not only to learn a new skill but living in a city it was so refreshing to get out into the countryside and enjoy Jo's beautiful barn far away from the crowds. I loved that this was a truly personal experience, there were only three of us on the course as Jo likes to focus on small numbers to ensure all of her attendees receive a lot of personal attention. I really enjoyed Jo's company along with the two other overly ladies on the course. I came away thoroughly inspired, so much so that ordered the products to make my own and had a go yesterday. I haven't lit any yet to allow them to cure but they look a,axing. I have lit some of the tea lights I made with Jo and they smell wonderful. Don't hesitate to book on this course if you want a fantastic experience and to genuinely learn from an expert. Many thanks Jo!
Andrea - - #11448
Such a wonderful workshop!
I thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful day learning to make candles with Jo. I was a total novice and Jo makes everything so easy to understand and lots of fun.
I'm still amazed at how gorgeous the candles I made are - beautiful, and they smell divine!
I would give this the highest possible recommendation - if you've ever wanted to give candle making a try, this is the place to go. It's excellent value for money.
I also came away with lots of printed information, from step-by-step guides to recommended stockists of candle-making supplies, which means I can try making more candles at home with confidence.
In addition to all that, Jo provides a lovely lunch, looking out towards the fields from her beautiful kitchen.
Book in for a class - there's absolutely no reason not to!
Bryony Wells - - #11359
Had a wonderful day with Jo @ The White Candle Company. Very informative and fun day !Jo made a gorgeous lunch for us we had a lovely time. Had loads of handmade candles to take home and use. Would highly recommend.
sue - - #10758
I walked into this class knowing nothing at all about candle making and went home with a bag of "amazing" looking/smelling candles and goodies :-) Jo is such a brilliant teacher and you can tell she is so passionate about her candles.
I bought this class as a gift for a friend and we both thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. What a beautiful setting and the lunch was a very nice touch too. Would not hesitate at all in recommending this course. Thank you so much Jo x
Georgie - - #10715
What a fantastic time I had at Jo’s candle making workshop. Came away with so much information and made some gorgeous smelling candles.
Claire Wilson - - #10705
I have just returned from a fabulous day learning how to make candles with Jo. I could not recommend this course enough, from the setting to the actual course and lunch it was all wonderful. I really was experiencing a cottage industry craft. I enjoyed the day with my best friend & it took us an hour to travel there but was well worth the journey. You will not be disappointed if you book this class. Thanks again Jo x
Louise Townley - - #10583
Booked as a pick-me-up for myself and my two friends and it did exactly that.
Lots of fun and laughter, as well as coming home with a bag full of beautiful handmade candles.
A wide selection of fragrances, certainly found something each of us liked and I feel more than able to go ahead and make these on my own now.
A very welcoming and beautiful home, and Jo made the lesson immensely enjoyable.
I'd 100% recommend this course.
Sheila - - #10572
Quite simply a high quality course, instructor and candles. They keep the frangrance exceptionally well and look stunning. Will be coming back.
Gayle - - #10408
This was a brilliant course! Jo is engaging, fun and knowledgeable and taught us so much about candle making - I can really see how this course would help you start your own business.
For me is was a wonderful day, a great way to make gifts for loved ones and the many candles I have made are making my home smell wonderful.
I would absolutely recommend this course for fun, a gift (as it was for me) or starting your own candle making business.
Sonia Gill - - #10375
My sister and I had such a gorgeous time making candles with Jo last weekend - the setting was beautiful and Jo is so knowledgable and very happy to share everything she knows about all things candles. We came away with a big bag of divine smelling candles and feeling very pleased with ourselves. I can't wait to get on with making my own candles for presents for this Christmas!
Sim - - #10362
Brilliant course. Jo was friendly, knowledgable and very open about the candle making industry. I learn a lot and had great fun at the same time. Location was stunning. Huge choice of scents to use and Jo is happy to answer questions after the course. Useful for me as I am making some to sell over Christmas. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in making candles for fun or thinking about starting a business.
Katy - - #10358
What a great course! Very friendly, informative and enjoyable! Can't recommend Jo and her course enough!
Katie - - #10250
A thoroughly enjoyable and instructive experience with many more excellent finished products than I had imagined. Very pleasant to have the personal attention in such a restful atmosphere. I highly recommend this interesting course.
Liz Warham - - #10084
Jo is a lovely instructor who provided an informative session. This was a great learning experience for us beginners to understand the basics of candle making. We made and took home a range of candles and other item which smell fabulous.
Thank you Jo for a friendly really enjoyable experience.
Linda - - #9991
We thoroughly enjoyed our day at Jo's beautiful house making a range of candles and trying out new and different scents for each one. I learned a lot about the types of candles and how I could try the same techniques at home, and Jo was just a pleasure to work alongside all day. She sets up her space beautifully for this bespoke and personal (two person only) day, making the whole day relaxing, fun and thoroughly rewarding!
Claire Truscott - - #9696
My sister and I attended The White Candle Company's candle making course and thoroughly recommend it. We learnt a lot, made beautiful candles and other wax products to take home and just had such a nice day. Jo ran everything with ease and had the perfect balance between guiding you and letting you do it yourself and make your own decisions on options. Thank you so much Jo!
Lucy K - - #9669
I had a wonderful time learning how to make candles with Jo in her gorgeous home, I couldn't have hoped for a better day!
Jo was lovely and made me feel welcome from the moment I walked through the door. She is very knowledgeable and provided handy notes, info and tips on all things to do with candle making.
I came home with a bag full of lovely scented candles and still can't quite believe I made them!!
Jo provided a very tasty lunch and offered me numerous cups of tea through out the day.
I cannot recommend this course highly enough.
THANK YOU JO !!
Sue McCallum - - #9483
Had a lovely day on the candle-making course with Jo - perfect setting & welcoming host, who answered any questions put to her. Made lots of candles in the time there, which look & smell lovely. Plenty of hints & tips given. And despite concentrating on learning, I found the session very therapeutic! Definitely recommended. Thanks Jo xx
Tara - - #9297
I had an amazing day yesterday with Jo learning loads of new information about all aspects of candle making.
The setting of Jo's beautiful home just makes the day better even more perfect.
I came away with a bag full of goodies and still cannot believe that I made them!
I would definitely recommend this day to anyone, brilliant from start to finish! Xx
Heather Capitain - - #9268
A really informative short course for beginners in a lovely environment conducive with learning. A fantastic and informative host who could not have been more welcoming. I walked away with a bag full of my own creations and felt so proud of what I'd achieved. I have no hesitation recommending this course no matter what it is you aspire to do, fun or business and excellent value for money. Thank you!
Taylor - - #9223
Such a lovely day spent with Jo and another super lady at Jo's beautiful house.
I'd always wanted to learn how to make candles the right way & Jo not only taught us the ins and outs of how to make candles and other beautiful little items but gave us some brilliant contacts so we could go away and start making candles at home.
I came home with having made a selection of candles having met lovely people. Absolutely worth the money and would highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn candle making for their own venture or just to learn a new skill and have a fab day xx
Abi Clarke - - #8982
Jo gave us such a warm welcome to her idyllic home with a delicious latte. Jo was very informative and easy to talk to, we asked many questions which Jo was more than happy to answer. It was so nice to be taught on a one to one basis. We came away with so many lovely candles and were inspired to create more at home. Extremely good value for money and included a yummy homemade soup. We would definitely recommend to anyone wishing to try candle making.
Maria & Sarah - - #8897
We had a wonderful day on Jo's course. The course was held in Jo's house which is a beautiful house in a lovely setting. Jo's is very friendly and very easy to get on with, learnt loads on this course and some great tips and made some fantastic candles. Lunch was provided we had home made soup which was delicious, Would definitely recommend this course it's a great day out.
Sasha - - #8865
Oh what a lovely day! Jo couldn't have been more helpful or organised. We took home loads of candles and explored lots of different techniques. Tea and biccies was included, together with a lovely lunch in Jo's beautiful home. Excellent value for money. We were also given a list of suppliers and instructions so we can make our own candles at a later date. I'd have no hesitation in recommending this course; whether you are looking to learn a new hobby, start you own business, or like me, just looking for a lovely day out with a friend.
Sandy Miles (& Jenny Dartnell) - - #8830
I absolutely love my day learning with Jo. Lovely environment to learn in and Jo was very thorough. I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn candle making.
Stacia Lingard - - #8772
Jo is extremely friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. The day was lots of fun and I got exactly what I had hoped out of it. Lots of candle making but also lots of information about regulations etc and hand outs to bring away with supplier details etc. Lovely hostess and lovely day in Jo's lovely home!
10 out of 10 - with wholeheartedly recommend!
Linda Dolan - - #8678
Thank you Jo for a brilliant day! I really enjoyed the course and would highly recommend it to anyone. Definitely learnt a lot! X
Rose Jefford - - #8567
A great course, I was a candle making beginner and Jo's instruction was information and fun, lots of hands on experience and you get to make a good variety of candles that you get to take home. A really relaxed environment, Jo looked after us from start to finish and it perfect with just 2 of us attending. Thanks so much!
Heidi Ellender - - #8565
This course was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. All aspects of the process were fully explained to us as we progressed. There were choices to make so that that candles we took home with us were really our own creations!
Jean Adams - - #8415
I had a beautiful time on this course very relaxing great tutor looking forward to other courses you will run worth every penny highly recommend !
Olia - - #8400
This course was fantastic, relaxed atmosphere in the most beautiful surroundings, excellent tutor, clear and precise with on how to! I had lots of fun making the candles with plenty to take home highly recommended.
Marika Wooding - - #8383
I had a super day with Jo at the candle making course yesterday. Jo was lovely, funny, very accommodating and full of information. The course is held in her stunning home in lovely surroundings.
We made a variety of different candles and melts and came back with so many lovely products. This is an excellent course which went beyond my expectations. I would recommend this course to anyone, and would love to attend again myself. Thank you Jo!
Chris - - #8257
Made to feel very welcome and at home. The course was brilliant adding perfumes to such lovely candles makes them ideal presents or keepsakes. Jo knows what she is talking about and her instruction was first class. The whole environment was beautiful, the kitchen and the views adding to the experience. I have had several experience days from chocolate tasting to segway and this was by far the best. Well done Jo I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone.
Joyce Vaughan - - #8193
A Fabulous time spent in Joes gorgeous barn creating amazing personalised scented candles . Great tuition and inspirational ideas in beautiful containers and packaging , all ready to take home and enjoy. All topped off with a yummy lunch. Highly recommended . Thank you Jo for a lovely day just what was needed.
Victoria and Gwinnie - - #8186
Excellent day from start to finish in a beautiful home and tasty home made lunch. Learnt so much that I came away and immediately brought some supplies so I can start a new hobby. Thank you so much Jo, I will be back! Xx
Kim - - #8092
What a fantastic day out. Informative and fun with a lovely homemade lunch. Came home with lots of lovely candles. Jo was very welcoming in her beautiful home. Would highly recommend.
Suzanne collis - - #8072
I attended one of the recent beginners courses run by Jo, and with her guidance and encouragement came away with lots of wonderful smelling candles. With the knowledge gained I am now looking forward to making them for myself. I would recommend anyone thinking of trying this craft to attend one of Jo's courses - I'm sure you will thoroughly enjoy your day and come away inspired !
Mike - - #8070
A most enjoyable day from start to finish. I came home with lots of goodies and full of enthusiasm.
Would well recommend for a treat for anyone. Thank you Jo .
Lynette Bearman - - #7906
Jo is absolutely amazing and inspirational. A complete beginner to candle making but Jo taught me with ease. I attended a lesson with a view of candle making for both a hobby and to start a business, and I'm so excited to get started thank you to Jo. 100% recommendation!
Christina Fahy - - #7900
An absolute beginner, so enjoyed the fact that it was hands on-learnt masses about wax, scents, how they work and so on. Delighted with the results which we took home.
Simple lunch in a lovely home
I too would highly recommend this course
Rani Pert - - #7696
One word. Wow! This course was just perfect for me, a complete beginner, and was held in a very relaxed environment in Jo's beautiful home (with a gorgeous lunch included).
The practical lessons were great fun using different types of wax to make a range of scented candles and melts. I left feeling ready to start making my own candles and with a big bag of all the goodies we made during the day. I highly recommend this course. You will enjoy every minute!
Sharyn - - #7635
Had a great day on this course, not only informative and full of great tips but really good fun and came away with so many lovely goodies! Jo gives you confidence that you can do it and really helps with any queries and all in her beautiful home with a delicious lunch included. I highly recommend this course.
Michelle - - #7627
Could there be any better place to learn about candlemaking than in the luxury of Jo's home, a beautiful converted barn in Suffolk, which overlooks a field of intriguing Highland cattle (which are mirrored in some the internal decorations in her home). Always a genuine very warm welcome received here for everyone and our day began with a cup of wonderful latte as Jo explained what we would be doing today. All the equipment is provided and Jo takes care that we understand each step of the process. Being very biased here, the candles are far superior to anything you can buy and being able to make them ourselves was truly a magical experience. The goodie bag we took home was wonderful with a kilner jar full of nightlights, 3 different sizes of candles, plus ones for the burner and some lovely heart shape wax decorations filled with a variety of dried flowers, fruits and seeds. Although we learnt a great deal, we also had a laughter filled day which included some wonderful home made vegetable soup with fresh crusty bread and butter.
With the sun setting brilliant red on the hazy horizon as we left, the aromas of the various oils we used perfumed my car all the way home and are now filling various rooms in my house.
I would highly recommend Jo and her classes in her truly wonderful home and it it can't fail to entice you into making your own.
Enid Richards - - #7434
Really had an excellent day. Jo was lovely, her house amazing and the candle making experience has really given me the bug to carry on learning. Such good value I brought away so many lovely candles etc, which I made myself. I have been a Yankee candle addict for quite a while, but the fragrance from the ones I made with Jo are just lovely. Thank you again Jo for a truly lovely experience. Highly recommend
Vanessa - - #7292
I attended Jo's candle making course as a bit of fun with a friend. I enjoyed the whole experience, Jo's house is amazing and a very relaxing environment to learn a new skill, and her hospitality is outstanding.
Jo is certainly very knowledgeable and made the process very straight forward, more so than I initially thought before attending.
The course is value for money as you not only come away learning how to make candles but with a bag full of goodies which you have made yourself.
I would 100% recommend Jo's workshop to anyone who is thinking of a new hobby or business.
Christine Taylor - - #7290
I attended Jo's candle making day on 10/01/17. It was a great way to start the year!
Jo lives in a beautiful home set in the countryside, overlooking a field of highland cows.
I explained my goal of setting up my own candle business and Jo was extremely supportive and the course materials included lots of useful information and lists of suppliers etc.
The day was very well structured and I went home with a variety of scented candles.
I highly recommend Jo's course to anyone who wants a fun day out or is looking to set up a business of their own.
Excellent value for money and lunch was lovely. Great Experience!
Juliet Luffman - - #7229
Jo was very knowledgeable and went through a number of different techniques. She explains in a way that makes it easy to remember and gives you a sheet to take away. She suggests good places to get materials from and the benefits of each, she also offers to help via email after the course has finished.
Jo has a huge range of scents to add to the candles and lovely decorative things to add too. For your money you get lunch and a lot of materials too to take away, so it is very good value. Jo's house is lovely and the day would make a lovely gift for anyone. I had never made a candle before and now I am confident that I could. Jo also went through a few common problems and ways to solve them. Thoroughly recommend.
Belle - - #7218
Just got back from a day course at the White Candle Company ....Jo was so welcoming and friendly.
No need to take a paper and pen as Jo not only instructed and demonstrated everything she had also written helpful instruction to take away with you.
I came away with lots of lovely goodies and a good knowledge of candle making so that I will be able to make candles confidently at home.
Really enjoyable day (with a lovely hearty lunch).
Louci - Essex
Louci from Essex - - #6496
I attended this course with Jo on Wednesday. It was an amazing day, very relaxed, wonderful setting and I learnt all the skills necessary to make candles at home. I would certainly recommend the course and came home with lots of candles and melts I had made during the day.
sue - - #6172
Ive just been lucky enough to attend Jo's course. I achieved everything the course promised plus lots of tips and business information too. What a lovely lady, it was such a stress-free fun day. I still can't believe what beautiful scented candles i made. Jo is so talented - a domestic candle goddess of her beautiful kitchen. Recommend Jo's course with no hestitation.
Trudie McClatchie - - #6151
A lovely and interesting day . Jo is such a delight to be with . Her knowledge of the craft made the day really interesting . The setting, location and attention to detail made is a fantastic experience . I would definately go again .
Bel Collins - - #5933
I had a fantastic day with jo and came home with some beautiful candles and melts. She is warm and friendly and happy to pass on her knowledge to others. I would 100% recommend this to anyone whether new to candle making or just wanting to brush up on knowledge.
Sian - - #5930
I did this course yesterday and it was amazing! Jo is really friendly, fun and engaging. She is very skilled and she is really passionate about candle making. I came away with really good quality candles. We made a variety of candles and melts and Jo had a large selection of excellent quality scents to choose from. It's incredible value for money given the duration and the amount that we made, I was delighted with it. The location is also great as it is in a beautiful barn and the kitchen is just gorgeous and perfect for candle making. Jo made me feel very welcome and she passed on many useful tips in terms of making and also in terms of the business side of things including the latest regulations. She also provided a delicious lunch. I would highly recommend this course. It is worth the journey as the ones in London are often only a couple of hours long and very expensive and you don't come away with much. I now feel confident to get started with my candle making. 10 out of 10!
Elizabeth - - #5925
Jo was friendly helpful and extremely knowledgeable. Had so much fun as well as learning all the skills needed to make candles. Would thoroughly recommend this course 10 out of 10 x
Jill Mann - - #5922
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