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Beginners candlemaking workshop - Marlow, Buckinghamshire


Duration: 3 hours

Price: £55

Run by: Sarah Ditchfield
at Candle by Events

12 Gossmore Walk
Marlow
Buckinghamshire
SL7 1QZ

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About the Course

Understand more about the different types of candles that are sold in the UK, then learn the skills to make your own using natural soy and beeswax! This workshop will show you how to make beautiful container, floating and rolled candles. Choose from a variety of fragrances and dyes to personalise your very own candle range.

Partly run by a “Chandler” (a professional candle-maker), this course will cover:
-Introduction to candle-making through the ages
-Overview of the different types of wax, wicks, dyes, fragrances and candles
-Demonstration of 4 different candle-making techniques
-Using individual melters, melt two types of wax, add dyes, fragrance oils and wicks to make four types of candle.
-Finish your candles off with beautiful packaging and decorations.
-Participants take home their own candle creations and a user guide to enable them to recreate other candles at home.

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We offer you lots of options, so you can experience any or all of our workshops and never make the same candle twice!

For Beginners we offer a number of workshops: Easter, Christmas 1 and Christmas 2. Here you learn basic traditional and modern candle-making techniques using different waxes and of course you make lots of fabulous candles to take home.

Our Intermediate One and Intermediate Two workshops are designed to take those who have prior candle-making knowledge (you may have attended our beginners' or seasonal courses) - so we concentrate on practical candle-making, honing your skills, working on new techniques and of course providing the tools, materials and guidance so you can create lots of candles to take home with you at the end.

We have helped a number of people set up their own inspiring candle-making businesses and if that's for you, we now offer a specialist workshop to help you join the world of professional candle-making, covering topics like, creating sellable products, pricing, scaling up production, choosing venues, promotion, digital marketing, growing a customer base and legal. This helps those, who are starting or considering setting up a candle-making business. After this course you can join our professional (but informal) support group, which meets periodically in person and online. It's made up of people, who are at different stages of the journey towards building and running a successful candle business - and its where the group offers advice, swaps stories, shares best practice and supports one another.

If you are interested in a private workshop/party please contact us.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The price includes all the equipment and materials plus coffee/tea/soft drinks and homemade cakes!

You will take home with you:

Pillar candle
Fragranced tin container candle
6 Floating candles packaged in a pretty organza bag
Rolled beeswax candles
Several tealight candles

After the workshop we will also email to you our Candle-making guide.



Want to review this course?

On Sunday 17th February I took part in the beginners candle making course, run by Sarah. She made us very welcome and all the equipment was laid out for us.
Sarah was very professional during the course but also very relaxed and friendly.
I really enjoyed it and I have put my name down for the intermediate course in 4 weeks.
I will have a go at making my own candles. Was very inspired by Sarah

- - #19983

Response from Candle by Events:

Thank you Connie, look forward to seeing you at the Intermediate workshop next month.

Sarah was very professional , informative and helpful .The course was excellent and came away with several candles that if made .Theres a lot more to candle making that u imagine so looking forward to attending another course in the near future .

- - #19981

Response from Candle by Events:

Thank you Susan, glad you enjoyed the workshop

Did the beginners course and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sarah explained every step clearly and furnished you with all the knowledge you need. Lovely relaxed atmosphere too. Definitely recommend and I hope to do the intermediate course in the near future.

- - #19970

Response from Candle by Events:

Thank you Ingrid, it was lovely meeting you, keep in touch.

I have been on a few Candle by Event courses now and have loved them all. I went on the beginner course, intermediate course and the Christmas one. Sarah is a great teacher and always available for talking through all the mishaps I have tried after the course. She makes you feel at relaxed and comfortable during the courses (as I attend on my own), and always makes sure the information is relevant for those in the room and is a truly encouraging and supportive teacher. I would definitely recommend the array of courses on offer... I will keep attending them as I always learn something new.

- - #19856

Response from Candle by Events:

Hi Lara, thank you for your kind words.

I was looking for something special to do for my mum's 70th Birthday, this course was absolutely perfect. 9 of us attended with a mix of ages from 8 to 70 we all loved it. Sarah makes the whole experience fun and we were delighted with all the candles we took home.

Sarah is efficient and cant do enough to make your experience perfect, she's got me hooked.

Thanks Sarah

- - #19139

Response from Candle by Events:

Thank you Jo, it was a pleasure having you all

Three of us attended this course together, and we had the most fabulous time. Sarah's experience shone through and she was the perfect teacher. The process was fascinating and went at at the pace of the group. Amazing results for newbies as well...we all went home really proud of our craft!
Since the course Sarah has become a great mentor and has been so helpful as we have started to make candles to sell...which is very exciting! A brilliant craft to learn with a skilled, experienced and lovely tutor!

- - #19100

Response from Candle by Events:

Thank you for your kind words, looking forward to seeing you again in March.

I did the beginners course with 3 friends. It was a very enjoyable session and we came home with a good selection of candles. Sarah was very warm and welcoming and we had such a good time we went on to do the intermediate course. Sarah very kindly organised a special course for the four of us in Marlow on a Saturday we could all make in December.
I would highly recommend Sarah’s courses.

- - #19090

Response from Candle by Events:

Thank you Louise, stay in touch and let me know how you get on with your kit

I did the beginners Christmas workshop which was excellent. Great fun and very hands on, came away with loads of candles, looking forward to doing the intermediate workshop. Would highly recommend having a go 👍

- - #19085

Response from Candle by Events:

Thank you Mark, look forward to seeing you at the Intermediate Workshop :)

I did my course last October and I had a great time. Lot of information and practical Learning. Sarah made me feel very confident to try a new skill. I can say the whole group was very happy about the session. Great workshop!!!!

- - #19082

Response from Candle by Events:

Thank you Maria, I appreciate you feedback

I thoroughly enjoyed Sarah's course. She was very knowledgable and an excellent teacher . This has started me on a very enjoyable hobby. Thanks. I very much recommend attending her courses.

- - #19080

Response from Candle by Events:

Thank you Jean, do keep in touch

Really enjoyed the candle making course that Sarah ran, a great t8me was had by all would highly recommend. Thank you

- - #19078

Response from Candle by Events:

Thank you Theresa

I went on the beginners course in mid-December - a treat to myself and a friend.
I cannot recommend this highly enough - well paced, informative, relaxing, rewarding.
Sarah is warm and encouraging.
Also fantastic value for money.
I have bought her candle making kit and really looking forward to getting creative.
Don't hesitate - book!!

- - #19076

Response from Candle by Events:

Thank you Lynne, do stay in touch and let me know how you get on with the kit.

I did the beginners course a while ago and absolutely loved it. Sarah is very knowledgeable about everything to do with candle making, and the history of waxes etc. Very relaxed and friendly workshop and It so easy to see Sarah is passionate about her work which rubs off onto her students! Sarah also supports people in their own candle making at home after the workshop. So it’s not just a one off workshop. You have her support and knowledge ongoing. I’ve got three more workshops booked for this year so far and I’m excited about them. Thorughly enjoyable! Thoroughly recommended!

- - #19073

Response from Candle by Events:

Thank you Frances, looking forward to seeing you a again soon :)

I attended this course in October and loved it. Very well organised and informative but all done in a relaxed way. I made some lovely candles and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've come away with lots of good information and handy tips and a good memory of three hours well spent. Thanks Sarah

- - #18240

I absolutely loved this candle making workshop, it was the best thing I have done in ages!
Made to feel very welcome and I learnt so much, got to take home all my candles, which were a lot!
Cannot wait to have a go at home and I am looking forward to an intermediate course in the future after Christmas, was reallly good and I highly recommend this, Thank you so much 😊

- - #18168

Response from Candle by Events:

Thank you for your lovely feedback, keep me posted on how you get on making some at home :)

I attended a workshop run by Sarah in August. Sarah was just fantastic with great knowledge. She taught and guided me to make the most beautiful variety of candles. She made sure to not only give useful hints and tips but also take lots of photos and note to help us remember ever small detail of the process. I've done a candle making course before but what I thought was unique about this course with Sarah was the way she taught me to use different waxes for a whole creative range of candles - from moulded candles, to t -lights to stick candles, floating candles we made them all!
After this workshop I can’t wait to start experimenting with candle making at home. Thank you Sarah!

- - #16746

I attended the workshop on 4th August and really enjoyed it. Sarah was a great teacher and gave us plenty of tips and advice to go and make our own candles at home too. Would highly recommend!

- - #16269

I attended one of Sarah's candle making courses in December, I thoroughly enjoyed it! So much so that I have just finished one of her advanced courses.
I have learnt a lot from Sarah and her book - which has great step by step instructions and photos on how to make other types of candles at home. (Which I am doing!)

Sarah has excellent knowledge and passion in this subject, which makes her courses fun and enjoyable. The group is a good size too. We got to take home our finished products - which was great to show off to family & friends!

I would highly recommend Sarahs candle making courses!

- - #15567

I attended the course on Sunday 29 April 2018 and loved it. Sarah explained everything and her instructions were easy to follow. I have a learning disability and normally need assistance or need to be shown something more than once. Not on this course I got it straight away and didn't even need to mention that I may need additional help. I CANT NOT WAIT to get on further courses with Sarah.
Thanks you

- - #14687

I thoroughly enjoyed the candle making workshop. Able to make lots of wonderful candles even as my first time making them. A lovely group, very interactive and learnt so much, really nice to bring away so many examples to show friends and family. I can't wait to start using the starter kit too, to make even more wonderful candles of my own.

- - #13681

I thoroughly enjoyed this three hour course. Sarah is an excellent communicator and all the participants achieved excellent results. I left the course brimming with enthusiasm and confidence and can not wait to get started on my own. Thank you Sarah for the lovely coffee and cakes.... an added bonus!

- - #12657

Ok, l know I am a bloke, but I had a great time with 8 ladies at Sarah's class!
Sarah packed loads in, including cake and coffee, and is both a really good communicator and enthusiast. I learned loads, came home with some great candles and am now going off to make my own candles. Really can recommend this, such a nice and rewarding way to spend a morning.
Her book makes a great aide memoire too.

- - #12634

I attended this workshop with two friends, and all three of us had a fantastic time!

Sarah is highly knowledgeable and a great teacher, and takes you through the steps to making a wide variety of candles, as well as explaining the history of candles and all the different types of waxes, wicks and moulds.

Her expert instruction has given me the confidence to go on and start making candles at home!

- - #12600

I attended a workshop run by Sarah with two family members. Sarah was fantastic and a wealth of knowledge! She taught and guided us to make the most beautiful array of candles to take home with hints and tips and workshop notes and photos should we forget any details. She was a brilliant host and we were so comfortable and well looked after that I don't know where the time went! I can totally recommend buying a starter kit from Sarah either for yourself or as a gift for someone who has attended the course. It is great value for money and packed with so many things to get you started at home including Sarah's book which is full of ideas with clear instructions. After this workshop I can’t wait to start experimenting with candle making at home. Thank you Sarah!

- - #11957

I attended the beginners workshop and Sarah provided a relaxed and very informative morning. Not being a creative person I was really pleased the results and the knowledge shared. I am hoping to attend another course next
Spring. Sarah 27.11.17

- - #11885

Fab course Sarah explained everything very well. Very relaxed. You also get to take home loads of different candles - that you have made.
I would 100% recommend this.

A couple of the ladies on our course had been to other courses run by Sarah and had returned.

- - #11556

A fantastic morning and learnt so much. Sarah was brilliant and the perfect balance of fun and informative. I've already made my first Candle at home and am hooked!

- - #10484

I booked Candle by Event for hen party. Sarah and Sally were fantastic and so friendly. Right from booking to the day they were organised and ran the course well. All the Hens argreed it was one the hightlights of the day. Every candle made was then packed up for each hen to take away. We even got to make some for the wedding which is lovely touch.
Highly recommend.
Thank You Sarah and Sally once again.

- - #9269

I chose this course as it was competitively priced compared to others i'd seen, particularly those in London. I wasn't disappointed, I was amazed; the course was well planned, organised and we got so much out of it.
It took place in a lovely location and the day was so relaxed and fun.
I came alone, as did others and everyone had a great time together learning to make the products.
Sarah is an excellent teacher and I'm so excited to be making my own candles.

- - #9184

A wonderful fun, informative course, thoroughly enjoyed ! Thankyou

- - #8613

What a fun and productive way to spend a morning!

Sarah is very friendly and encouraging and had structured the session really well. We produced everything from simple tealights, to coloured and fragranced container and non-container candles. My family was impressed with the huge number of candles I made and brought home from a 3 hour course.

I am now excited and confident to start making my own candles at home. I would highly recommend this course.

- - #8551

I have just returned home after the course I attended this morning with Sarah.
One word - Superb! She made the morning fly by and I cannot believe how many candles we actually made.
She was clear in her explanations of all the processes and within 15 -30mins we had made our first candle.
I am now hooked with a capital H!!
Thank you again Sarah and all the lovely ladies I met today.
A fantastic way to spend the morning

- - #8524

Sarah really is an inspirational person. Her courses are great value for money and I recommend them 100%. I've got 2 of her books about candle making. The candles you learn to make are fantastic. I wouldn't hesitate to book.

Caroline.

- - #8333

Sarah was a fantastic teacher and it was such fun making candles and finding out about the process and ingredients. Truly inspiring and great fun. Thank you.

- - #8252

I had such a lovely day on Saturday, thank you so much for the candle-making workshop. I can't believe how many different candles we made! I will definitely recommend you to all of my friends/family.

- - #8152

This workshop was one of the best workshops I have been to in the last year, really enjoyed it.

- - #8137

I just wanted to say thank you for the workshop the other day, I really enjoyed it! I enjoyed it so much that I now want to make candles properly and sell them.

- - #8136

I went on a candle-making course ran by Sarah on 24 February. It was my first experience with candle-making but really interesting and fun. First we learnt about all about the different sorts of waxes before trying our hand at making different types of candles. Sarah's clear instructions and waxes readily to hand made the whole process really easy. The group was small enough to ensure everyone could follow what happening and we all enjoyed comparing our results! Thanks Sarah for a great morning.

- - #8000

I went on the candle making course on 4 February and was delighted in the way in which Sarah who took the class made you feel at ease and also made you feel that you were able to get great results in making the candles. It was a completely relaxed atmosphere with an intimate class which is ideal if you feel self conscious. I will certainly start making my own candles from now on as it has given me the confidence I needed.

What was also great was that you were able to take home your creations and I would certainly highly recommend taking the course. Thank you Sarah

- - #7647

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 16th June 2019
Saturday 20th July 2019
Saturday 31st August 2019
Saturday 12th October 2019
Saturday 9th November 2019
Saturday 23rd November 2019
Saturday 7th December 2019
Wednesday 11th December 2019
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Suitable for stag and hen dos

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