|Starla's Tarts, Melts and Pieces
I use to make and sell these, I no longer have time for that as they do require a little space, time
and extra work.
If you would like to try and make these yourself, here are the instructions:
I use mini muffin pans found at Wal-mart or other stores. I pour a base wax into the bottom of
the muffin pan and add toppings. You can see from my photos sometimes I will do 2 pours for a
color effect. Like cream on the bottom and brown on top in the bag photo. I think this gives a
nice combo of colors and is pleasing to the eye.
When do I add the toppings?
I add the toppings, when the wax in the muffin pan, has cooled enough to form a skim on top.
This way the decorations will "stick" to the wax in the muffin pan.
To make the decorations, I used cookie cutouts I found at a Amish store a few miles from my
home, but I have seen these mini cookie cutters in craft malls too. I am sure you will be able to
find cutters easy enough, if you look around.
I take the mini cutters, with attention paid to the color combination of the decoration and base
muffin pan color, I begin.
Pour some wax out on a pizza pan, like the one in the photo. I use a 9" by 16" pan. I pour a thin
layer of wax, wait for it to cool and start cutting with my cookie cutters.
|There are three tricks here. One is to find a muffin pan and cookie
cutters that complement each other in size. You have to have the top
decorations the right size for the muffin pans. You can see by the photo
what I mean.
I hope I explained this right or you can figure out what I mean. I am
really not a writer.
|The second trick is to score the wax in the pizza pan. After you have poured the wax and
it has cooled some, at least enough the wax to not melt away the score marks.
You want to do this because the wax from the base muffin mold and the cookie cutouts
won't "glue" or "marry" themselves together. They won't hold. They would just fall apart
when cooled completely. The scoring created ridges and the ridges help bind the base
sections and cutter sections together.
Try to visualize that. The top of the wax in the pizza pan photo above is being scored -
because this is the bottom of your cookie cut out. After you make your cookie cutouts,
you will turn the cutout over and that will be what is seen on your muffin base. (After all
the crumbles are on the bottom - READ ON)
|The third trick is to cut the shapes just when the wax
has cooled all the way through, but is not hard as a rock.
You have time when wax is cooling to do this. After
awhile you can tell just by looking at the wax when the
time is right.
|Some of the tiny tart melt cookie cutters
|Anyway, I will cut a bunch of different shapes, because you can keep them in a plastic
container forever and ever. I don't scent the shapes. This does not detract from the
final tart smelling good, because I add more scent then is necessary for a candle in the
base muffin pan mold.
I can do this because there is no wick lighting in a tart melt. A candle would smoke BIG
TIME if I added extra scent because of the burning wick, but a tart is just melting - not
burning. See what I am saying? Actually the candle may not even burn, because to
much scent may drowned the wick out. Either way, you can get away with it in a tart
melt, to the point where the tart melt feels greasy. I liked the greasy feel and the
customers like extra scent. Makes for a good selling point..
Customers like to think they are getting extra and giving it to them will keep customers
coming back time after time.
|Ok, so now you've made a ton of cookie cutter decorations for the top of your muffin
pan bases. Simply pour your bases in the mini muffin pans, wait till a good skim forms
on top and add your decorations.
O, yes, I see the different tones in the top decorations in the above photos. You want
to know how? Ok, I do this by sprinkling shaved or crumbled waxes in the pizza pan
before I pour the wax in. Mind you, the wax I pour into the pizza pan is hot, but I have
let it cool down some so as to warm the crumbled waxes underneath a little, but not
completely melt them away. You are warming the crumbled wax underneath the pour
so they will blend to the top cut out.
You don't want to pour your wax over the crumbles to hot or there won't be any, they
will just melt away..
Experiment a little, if your first pour melted the crumbles away, wait for the wax to
cool more. Remember, this wax pour doesn't have to be hot, you can even pour it out
when a skim has formed on top. These are cookie cutouts, not a candle, so you have
more leeway in what you can do.
You can get a nice look by sprinkling real cinnamon from you kitchen on the pizza pan
before you pour your wax.
I hope I explained this right. It sounds way more complicated then it really is. You will
get the hang of it, after you have tried it once or twice. Wax can be remelted, so you
loose nothing but some extra scent you will be adding on the remelt. Don't be afraid to
try these, they are great fun, look adorable and sell really well.
I found window pane brown sacks here - http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/ A little
expensive, but well worth the cost.
|The little muffin pan I use to pour bases.
|For the in a hurry, don't have time gals, like me....and for those of you wanting a little fancier tart melt, I found this gal on eBay. She
makes one of a kind soap/candle molds. I loved this primitive look so much I was willing to pay the cost of having someone else make the
molds. I think these molds cost me 35 or 45 dollars for the set. Well worth the cost. I loved them. Raggedy Ann, a primitive star, a
primitive heart and an old black crow. http://candle-maker.blogspot.com/2007/02/fantastic-primitive-molds.html is the address, just cut
and paste into your browser.
Be sure to look at my blog for the Mammy Melts too, I simply loved these.
Both pictured below. How adorable are both of these! These gals are really talented. You really need to look at their stuff.
|Photo above and to the left are examples of what is in the bag,
we add tarts, pieces and primitive melts.
We like to make these old fashion tarts in the browns and creams.