Workshop: botanical candle making with East of London
On a hot, sweaty day, we raced to Kings Cross St Pancras after work to attend a botanical candle making with East of London. This one was especially different as they had a special a guest attending - in celebration of their new book called Flower Market, being published and available to buy now, Michelle Mason was on hand. Michelle gave an insightful quick history of Columbia Road Flower Market and the surrounding area - did you know the area was THE horticultural centre of Europe back in the days, with the biggest hot house built around Mare Street.
There is a space for the workshops which runs regularly throughout the year. We were treated to a glass or two of fizz which was a refreshing offering considering the temperature outside.
In the middle of each table was a lovely collection of dried florals, surrounded by the essential equipments needed when making a candle.
We were introduced to the emotive of smell using the company’s own blends of scents. Then the practical fun began through gluing the side of the jars using the dried flowers and leaves.
As a pair, we took it in turns to go up to choose the scent for our candle - there was three to choose from, choosing Wildflowers for my candle. Gluing the wick to the bottom of the jar using a hot gun and a piece of straw to press down, we went back to our desk with our small glass container of natural fragrance.
We were each given a container of hot soy wax - they have a special large container next to Ruth in pink, where they melt a large amount of wax m - and using the whisk, to whisk clockwise and anti-clockwise the fragrance to the melted wax twenty times.
The wick as a flash, we added the hot wax into the container. Our wax was left with the team to harden overnight before receiving the finish hand poured candle by post.
Overall, we found the workshop insightful, interactive with full of chatter and a lovely group of participants. The total duration of the workshop was ninety minutes and we were able to purchase their products with some discount. Looking forward to receiving my finished candle soon.