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« on: June 23, 2011 02:11:49 PM »

Thisbirdsabsurd is my partner in the Make A Friend swap.  This is a three part swap whose first package must focus on the sender vs. the partner.  One of the items I found in my first package was something that she thinks smells good, a vial of satsuma fragrance.  I have never heard of satsuma before but agree with her, it smells fantastic!  I decided when I opened it that I would use it in some way to make her something for package number two.  Since we raise bees, we've got beeswax for crafting.  I decided to make her some solid perfume using the satsuma fragrance.  I searched online for a locket that had some sort of opening in the top so the scent would be able to escape and found this lovely filigree one.  The idea is that body warmth will release the scent and it opens if she wants to apply the scent directly to her skin.  



Here is the locket I selected.  It came in a set, so I have others that I can play with for Christmas gifts.  It will be fun to blend some scents!


There are just three ingredients in the perfume.  Equal amounts of beeswax and a carrier oil.  I used sweet almond oil, which I have on hand for soapmaking.  I used a teaspoon of each for this project.  In retrospect, it was too much (but now I have some satsuma perfume of my own)!  I started with about 25 drops of the fragrance oil, tested it, and ended up adding an additional 20 or so.    


A makeshift double boiler!  An old pan heating water and a small glass jar to melt the ingredients.  This didn't take long at all.  When it was melted and scented, I just poured it into the locket and left it alone to harden.  I checked on it after about an hour and it was solid.  


After that, it required some basic jewelery skills to add a few charms and put it on a chain.  I covered an altoid tin to send it in.  If you make one, please PM me, I wanna see!
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2011 02:33:46 PM »

It's beautiful and oh so personal, it's wonderful
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2011 03:06:35 PM »

this is so very lovely!  i want one badly!
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2011 03:57:25 PM »

This is beautiful, and what a clever idea!
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2011 04:07:37 PM »

Very pretty and a neat idea, thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2011 04:40:28 PM »

I've always wanted to make one, thanks for the tutorial! Where did you get the lockets -- they're lovely! I also adore the bee charm. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2011 05:00:21 PM »

Thanks so much, everyone!  I thought the bee charm was appropriate since the perfume has a beeswax base.  I got the lockets from some shop on etsy.  If you search under 'supplies' for 'filigree silver locket', you'll find a lot of options.
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2011 05:26:27 PM »

That is so wonderful. I may need to make one.
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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2011 05:37:36 PM »

I wish my computer had smell-o-vision. I bet it smells as great as it looks!

And thank you for the tutorial. This actually looks like a bath and body craft that I might be able to do Smiley.
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2011 05:41:52 PM »

Easy peasy and oh so satisfying.  Thanks Lime and Kittykill! 
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