Gel candle DIY

This is a post that I have been working on for a little while… I have been prototyping and testing what lasts in gel! I wanted to do something completely different with gel wax, change your mind about it kinda stuff… Needless to say I now have a greater understanding of how difficult gel wax is to work with and why majority of gel candles we see are filled with beach sand and shells or orange peels and cinnamon sticks!

Working with normal wax was so much easier and I had so much more fun doing this DIY over on Zana’s blog!

Well here goes,

Gel Candle DIY by Melissa Louise

What you will need-

1 || Gel candlemaking kit from Candle Deli. Contnts: 500g gel, 2m wick, sustainers and 5 wooden cut-outs (I chose not to use these). 

2 || A glass jar/vase.

3 || A skewer

4 || A pot/something to melt your gel wax down in, preferably something with a spout for easy pouring.

5 || Your decorative element, in my case the gold stickers.

Step one - Stick your gold stickers back to back, this will give you a gold disk, ready to drop into your wax…

Gel Candle DIY by Melissa Louise

Step two - Thread your wick through your sustainer and tie a little knot on the end.

Gel Candle DIY by Melissa Louise

Step three – Secure the wick and sustainer to the bottom of the jar, you may use a little bit of presstick for this. Make sure there is a little tension on the wick, it should not be limp as shown below…

Gel Candle DIY by Melissa LouiseStep four – Melt your gel in a pot or iron kettle, the kettle is recommended as it has a spout and make easy for pouring. I worked with what I had and managed just fine with a pot. Do not spill the wax, not only does it make a mess, its VERY hot and will burn you. I found the gel wax made alot of smoke when heating, not sure if this was because it was too hot?

Gel Candle DIY by Melissa Louise

This is when the DIY started going pear shaped…. the house filled with smoke, we coughed and poured the hot gel wax into the glass vase…. at first it was fine, then the stickers started to “boil” / “foam up”…. It looked pretty with the gold discs floating in the gel mixture…. and then they sunk! Then after letting it settle the clear gel turned yellow (obviously from the gold discs) and it started to look abit like someone took a wee in my vase… (puts head in hands and giggles)

Gel Candle DIY by Melissa Louise Gel Candle DIY by Melissa Louise

It’s not often that when I do a DIY that doesn’t end up looking lovely … but this is one of them and while editing these photos and enjoying the candle light from my very first gel candle, I have warmed up to it… Although its not what I imagined it to be in the end it’s not so bad…

Thank you to my bestie, Nikita, for your help on this DIY.

If you find this photo tutorial difficult to follow, try watching Angeliques youtube video tutorial. A big thank you to Candle Makers Deli for the tips on candle making.

Safety precautions-

- Never heat wax on an open flame, if you have a gas stove like me be VERY careful.

- Do not heat wax in a microwave.

- Do not heat wax unattended whilst heating.

- In case of fire, turn heat off. DO NOT extinguish with water. Pour sand on the flames.

- Do not pour hot gel wax down the sink or toilet.



All photos taken by Melissa Louise. Hand Model- Nikita da Silva.

Product Crush- The Artisan

Readers meet The Artisan, if you don’t already know about them climb out from under your rock! The Artisan is local brand that produce the most beautiful copper and timber lamps. They are a small business based in Cape Town, South Africa and have been “creating nice things since 2013″ .

The Artisan

Today is a big day for them, they have just launched their very own online store.. and to celebrate they are offering free local shipping!! *Table and bedside lamps only, valid till 30 June 2014. YAY right?

I am in total love with the table lamps, The Mini Copper Jack is my fave. Which is yours? Tweet me at @MissNunnerley . cc @theartisancoza in.

The Artisan

Make The Artisan apart of your home, these lamps make the perfect statement piece. They also do gift vouchers if you would like to buy them for a friend, e-mail for further information.

Keep updated on what they do next, follow them on tiwtter- @theartisancoza & facebook.


All photographs from The Artisan.

Our exciting news… Meet Sullivan, our Siamese fur baby.

So last week I excitedly told you James and I had news for you all…

We got a Kitten! (Sorry I skipped Fridays blog post, I was bonding with this little guy…)

We have named him Sullivan. He is a pure bred, apple head, chocolate point Siamese with the most beautiful character. I’m so in love with this little guy, it’s crazy!

Meet Sullivan by Melissa Louise


He is 8 weeks old and is so tiny, but so agile, very talkative and has such a beautiful temperament. He is just like a baby, needs feeding every few hours and needs to be shown where the litter box is at night. He is so relaxed, sleeps alot and loves snuggling. He suckles on my nose and finds comfort in my hair, it’s amazing to be so loved by this tiny little thing that needs you. (Broody… me? NEVER, haha)

I already couldn’t imagine our little family without him and can’t stand the thought of him getting any bigger…

Meet Sullivan by Melissa Louise

Meet Sullivan by Melissa Louise

Follow me on social media to see more adventures of Sullivan the cat ( #adventuresofsullivanthecat )

Have a happy week friends.


Photographs by Melissa Louise

Holiday Mode

Ok so you may be wondering why Melissa Louise has been so quite…. well truth is… I’m struggling to get out of ‘holiday’ mode. While I am totally excited and happy to be back at work (because my job is that awesome) , I’m struggling to be 100% productive with my days! Mornings are great, but by 1pm I am in need of a nap and or a cocktail by the pool!

I returned to work on the 10th of Jan, but holidays weren’t done with me then, we have since been on an MSC Sinfonia Cruise. It was WONDERFUL! Just what I needed after a week of answering a months worth of e-mails. Here are a few of my fav photos from our friends and family time away. We cruised from Cape Town to Mossel Bay, where we were able to get off the cruise liner and explore the very sleepy town (it was 3pm on a Saturday and EVERYTHING was closed). It was a 3 night cruise, I could have done with one more day but it was lovely non the less! So much to do on board, beautiful views and delicious 7 course meals 3 times a day.

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