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Candlemaking for beginners

Making scented container candles

About the Course

In this half-day beginners course you will learn four different candle making techniques and take home at least five beautiful candles worth over £20. The course is ideal for those who are completely new to candlemaking or who have made a start at home and would like some further tuition. The workshop is large and airy and groups are made up of no more than 4 people (allowing the recommended COVID-19 social distancing) and also a degree of individual tuition is possible. Courses are run in a relaxed and fun atmosphere with plenty of practical making!

The tutor, Rob Aley has over 15 years professional candle making experience and can offer advice on all technical, creative and business aspects of candle making. His book 'Candle Making For Profit' will be available at a discounted price.

Courses are held in our working candle making workshop situated in a rural farm out-building near Leamington Spa.

The course covers:
1. An introduction to equipment and materials; types of wax (paraffin, soya, sterine, beeswax and wax additives), also wicks, dyes, scents.
2. Making 2 scented and coloured container candles in glasses.
3. Making 2 decorative moulded candles, using both rubber and solid moulds, including making a beeswax candle.
4. Making dipped candles and shaping them creatively.

(COVID-19 Rule of Six - Participant numbers are kept below 6 and the workshop comes under the exemption for work, education and training set up in a COVID-secure way).

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All equipment and materials are included in the price of the course and you will take home at least five beautiful candles.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are also provided and there is plenty of free parking. (Pick-ups from public transport links can be arranged).

We look forward to hosting you at The Wax Studio!


Robert Aley at The Wax Studio
Furzen Hill Farm
Coventry Road
Cubbington, Leamington Spa
CV32 7UJ
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • Wheelchair users

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210 minutes (10:00am to 1:30pm)

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In-person course
- - #30911

I had a such a lovely day learning how to make all sorts of different candles. Rob is a great guy who certainly knows so much and is really skilled. He is very generous with his knowledge, as well as many tips to successfully make candles, and save money too. Highly recommend his course: I have the skills now to make a variety of my own candles.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Ruth - it was great to have you on the course today - so glad you enjoyed it and learnt a lot. Best of luck as you get started at home. Rob

In-person course
- - #29678

Rob certainly knows his stuff!
Had a fantastic day learning all the various techniques in an easy and friendly atmosphere.
I would recommend the course to anyone who wants to give candle making a go.

In-person course
- - #28968

What a fun and informative course! I attended the workshop today and it has improved my own basic candle making skills and has given me a lot more confidence in what I am doing. Creating different types of candles has also been an invaluable experience. Rob is a great teacher- patient and knowledgeable and certainly made me feel welcome and comfortable enough to ask the many questions I had. Thanks so much for a great day!

In-person course
- - #28082

100% recommended to everyone. Rob is a great teacher and really knows his stuff. Fantastic experience. Thank you Rob!

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Alexandra,
Great to have you on the course today and thank you for the kind review. Good luck with your candle making, Rob

In-person course
- - #28033

Had an amazing time making candles with Rob and 5 other people. Rob is very knowledgeable and patient with us all. Made 6 amazing candles and learnt so much. Would recommend this course.

In-person course
- - #28031

Absolutely fantastic course. Robert is a very patient teacher and clearly very knowledgeable! I was surprised at how many things we made in the time without being rushed! I can’t recommend this enough.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Laura,
Pleasure to have you on the course and thank you for the kind review. Hope to see your mum and sister on the course sometime! All the best, Rob

In-person course
- - #26756

Had a fab day on Robs course well worth it. X

In-person course
- - #20747

We had a great time on the course last week. Rob was helpful and flexible from the moment I contacted him. He was happy to keep the day to just the four of us and we all had lots of fun learning new and different techniques, and we went away with a selection of candles all made ourselves - and fired up to try it at home. Rob is a fantastic candle maker and a terrific teacher making everything seem fresh and interesting. We all had different favourites, and mine is definitely the scented candles. I happily recommend this day too others and will come back for any advanced courses. Thanks very much from us all.

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- - #20662

I thoroughly enjoyed the candle making experience at Rob's Workshop. It was a lovely morning where I was able to experience different techniques. We were all given enough direction to walk away feeling confident to start our own journey and enjoy making candles for ourselves. The session was well organised. It was lovely to walk away with our own :).

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Sayyada, It was a pleasure to have you on the course and thanks for the kind review,. Hope your candle making endeavours are successful!
Best wishes

In-person course
- - #20260

I attended this course in Sunday 3rd March 2019 and found it to be very interesting. Rob welcomes the group with a very friendly manner which is always a good start.
I have previously knowledge of makin candles but at a very novice level.
The group was made up of 5 participants which was a nice number for the space we had.
Rob was very open to any questions being asked and answered them in a very clear and simple way.
I have now come away from the course very motivated to start up this hobby again and I would definitely recommend it to any beginners who wish to learn how to make candles.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Thanks for the review Marie, and I know from your follow-up emails that you are now making good progress with your own candle making at home! all the best, Rob

In-person course
- - #18859

I attended this course in October 2018 and had no knowledge of candle making at all . Rob was excellent giving you guidance throughout to make your own beautiful candles and explaining the process of candle making , He had a wealth of knowledge about his subject, and conveyed it well. Classes are kept small so you feel you are given utmost attention. Highly recommend this to anyone wanting to learn the basics of candle making. Cant wait for a follow up course!
Maria Wilkinson

In-person course
- - #18720

I found this course absolutely perfect for beginners. We have covered lots of things in couple of hours, including different kinds of wax, additives, how to use colours, scents, moulds, different techniques, etc.
I came along with 5 beautiful candles made all by myself with the guidance of Rob, who is a kind and patient tutor, always happy to answer all kinds of questions.
I would truly recommend his course to anyone who loves candles or want to start a business or just want to spend a morning really engaged and productive.
Thanks very much Rob for your inspiring course! You helped us a lot!!

Response from The Wax Studio:

Thank you Monika for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to have you on the course and best of luck with your lavender candles.

In-person course
- - #18552

Spent a brilliant morning learning all about different techniques and materials for making candles in Rob's wonderful workshop. We poured, sniffed, scented, coloured, moulded and dipped, coming away with a selection of very smart candles. Rob answered all the design, technical and marketing questions we fired at him, and has inspired my teenage son to get making in order to fundraise for a school trip. The perfect introduction to a new craft. Thank you for your generosity and hospitality, Rob, we had a fantastic time.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Sara - thank you for your kind review. It was great to have you both on the course. I hope Max is able to use his new skills to raise some money for his challenge.
Best wishes

In-person course
- - #16440

This course was excellent and jam packed with content. We covered so much and went home with a collection of 5different candles. Rob is a very knowledgeable and patient tutor and the day was great fun. I certainly hope he sets up a follow up course.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Thanks Louise. I'm very pleased you enjoyed the course so much, and I'll keep you informed about future more advanced courses as I develop them.
Best wishes

In-person course
- - #16430

I have just returned from attending a candle making course run by Rob and attended by three other lovely ladies. I was really looking forward to this course and definitely wasn’t disappointed. It was informative, hands on and fun. Rob shares all of his expertise and knowledge, giving me the confidence to now make my own candles.
Thank you Rob for a lovely day and I look forward to the advanced courses in the future. Biscuits were great too!

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Tina
Thanks for your kind review. It was great to have you on the course, your enthusiasm was infectious and.... glad you liked the biscuits!
Best if luck with your own candlemaking.

In-person course
- - #15233

Loved the course! Rob was a great teacher and really liked that fact that we got to make lots of different types of candles - my favourite was the beeswax one :) Would recommend to others and come back for any advanced courses!

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Sally,
Thank you so much for the kind review, it was a pleasure to have you and Mark on the course and I will keep you informed about future more advanced courses as I develop the content.
Best of luck with your candle making endeavours.

In-person course
- - #14966

Rob's courses was one of the few that offered the use of a variety of waxes, which immediately made it more appealing. Rob was so helpful and informative throughout the course, with a patient and relax teaching style which enabled us to all thrive as well as ask a plethora of questions. I have already started to research materials, which without Rob's in-depth knowledge would have been a nightmare! Thank you Rob for a fab course, it is indeed worth every penny and I cannot wait to begin my future!

In-person course
- - #14900

What an informative and enjoyable course. I had never made a candle before and was taken step by step through each process of paraffin wax candles, soya, beeswax, dipping, coloured & scented candles. Plenty of time to creative your own candles. Thank you Rob, for sharing your knowledge.

In-person course
- - #13844

What a fabulous course to go on, what woman doesn’t like a candle and to learn how to make a variety, brilliant. Thank you for a memorable day and our new skills! We are spreading the word.

In-person course
- - #13637

An absolutely brilliant day, thanks to a very patient Rob (I was late due to the flooding on the roads) and two lovely ladies who made the experience equally as enjoyable and fun. Rob was informative and certainly made us feel welcome and at ease, I was even told off a few times! (being too eager or cheeky probably). I learnt many technical skills that I was missing and with my freshly honed skills, I'm looking forward to making and selling as part of my craft business. Thank you so much Rob and I will hopefully look forward to the next level of candle making skills/making moulds etc.
Thank you!

In-person course
- - #13625

Thoroughly enjoyed this experience from start to finish. Rob put us at ease from the start to finish. I managed to take away the confidence and excitement to begin making candles for myself and my family. The enthusiasm from this course is relentless, I’m driving everyone nuts talking about it. I cannot recommend this course enough. My friend would love to attend another course just on making moulds alone.

In-person course
- - #13543

I took part in Rob's candle-making workshop this morning with two other ladies. It was a hugely enjoyable experience and great fun. I am absolutely delighted with my five hand-made candles. I have already been on Whatsapp to lots of friends telling them all about it and sharing photos.
I always watch 'Countryfile' on Sunday evenings but I haven't even turned on the tv! I am busy looking at some of the websites recommended by Rob and making my shopping lists.
Rob was very patient and an excellent tutor and I would highly recommend his course.

In-person course
- - #13242

I had never made a candle before. Rob is an excellent tutor and a wealth of information. We covered so much during the morning from dipping, colouring, bees wax and scents and came away with some beautiful products. I would definitely recommend this course, what a pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Thank you for the kind review Kerry. It was great to have you on the course!

In-person course
- - #13241

This course is perfect for beginners! I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned so much. Rob is undoubtedly one of the best in the candle world!
You will learn how to make different types of candles as well as a few tricks of the trade.
Thoroughly enjoyable course and worth every penny!

Response from The Wax Studio:

Thank you Charlotte - I'm pleased that you think I'm 'one of the best in the candle world!'
Good luck with your own projects.

In-person course
- - #12621

Such an amazing day! Everyone really enjoyed themselves! A Very hands on and informative session. Rob is great, and shared lots knowledge and tips for candle making! Great for beginners. I made loads of notes so I feel that I now have a good head start on moving forward in candle making.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Shantel - Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure to have you on the course and I hope your future candle making endeavours go well. All the best, Rob

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