By David Fisher
It's so tempting when dreaming up your soap recipes to want to mix in some dried flower petals. Crushed rose petals, lavender buds, bluebonnets...there are so many to choose from. Adding flowers works just fine in melt and pour soap, but unfortunately, very few flowers retain their color in cold process soap.
A more advanced variation of my Basic Floating Candles project that uses a muffin pan as a mold. While the simple round candles that the muffin pan makes are wonderful, I wanted to make something a little more extravagant, so I got out these two piece floating flower molds.
Many candle (and soap) makers have used flexible silicone and latex molds for quite some time - either finding them online, or making them themselves. They're wonderful for making unique and intricate soaps and candles, but until recently have not been very affordable. But new technology, and the baking industry have made silicone molds much more affordable.
Here's a candle making project that uses a silicone baking mold for Molded Rose Candles. These instructions will work for more than just roses...you can use them with pretty much any similar silicone candle mold.