Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Is The Beginner's Guide to Candlemaking by David Constable Any Good?

If you want to learn how to make candles from the first steps, such as ordering the right materials, to decorating this book is an essential buy. It contains everything you need to know to make all kinds of candles including:

Basic candles such as Classic, tapered and rolledMore advanced colored and scented candlesInformation you need to know about container candlesHow to select the materialsAnd much, much more.

About the Author

David Constable is an expert candle maker who has been making beeswax candles for a living for a long time, and has written several books and DVD courses about the subject. If you want the basic techniques of candle making explained so it is easy to understand he is a great choice.

First impression of this book?

It seemed quite a thin book, clearly laid out, easy to read and full of pictures that made it look good. It seems like a book that is really good value for money. The writing is clear, with step-by-step instructions that someone who is just beginning candle making could follow quite easily.

It isn't as detailed as some books I have seen, but is a good taster.

Is this suitable for beginners?

This book is eminently suitable for beginners, providing all the information you need to make your first candle safely and without too much difficulty. The Instructions are detailed, easy to understand, and perfect for someone who is not used to candle making.

Is this book suitable for experts?

Unlike some beginner books, this book has a lot of interesting and useful ideas that will make it a useful but very basic reference to any expert. So, even when you have gone beyond beginners textbooks you will still come back to this book on occasion. It wouldn't be the book I would choose for an expert candle maker, but it is useful.

Would I recommend this book?

This book isn't a comprehensive tome that will cover everything you need to know as you are growing in the craft, but it is a great way to start learning all the most important steps of candle making without getting too intimidating.

If you want to make beeswax candles by hand, I recommend finding a source of cheap beeswax, wicks and then just giving it a go. It is great fun to do, and will give you an inexpensive hobby.

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