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What if I only have 4 people, not 6?
You are always welcome to join a scheduled open workshop, where there are no minimums as to how many sign up in each group for an open workshop. These workshops are scattered throughout calendar and the calendar for the upcoming month is released on or about the 15th of the previous month. If you are joining an open workshop as a group, it’s helpful to reference one person’s name in the group so we can get you seated near each other.
Why do I have to pay for everyone at once when reserving a table for 6?

Typically, our private events require a minimum of 10 people, so our Table for 6 makes gives you some leeway – though you still have to collect from your friends. We offer the Table for 6 reservation as a courtesy to better accommodate YOUR schedule, but on our end, it involves scheduling staff, preparing supplies and meeting the needs of your group, so payment in full is due at the time of the reservation.

What days of the week do you offer a Table for 6 reservation?
Currently, we offer this option Sunday – Thursday as we share the space with our sister studio and peak times are on the weekends. We do offer morning, afternoon and evening time slots Sunday through Thursday, for your convenience.
What time should we arrive?
We ask our makers to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the workshop. This gives you time to find parking, check-in and start exploring the available scents so that we are ready to start right on time.
What if I am running late?

Please call us or if you have a friend already at the workshop – notify them!

Our workshops follow a tight, instructor-led schedule for your enjoyment and the safety of those around you. Additionally, soy wax typically needs 60 – 90+ minutes to rest and set after it is poured and this can change depending on temperatures and humidity. A timely start is the key to taking your candles home the same day!

We start promptly at the time stated at registration. Guests arriving up to 15 minutes late will join the group at whatever point the workshop has progressed to and will be asked to make a quick scent selection. Guests arriving more than 15 minutes late will not be allowed to work on their project and will forfeit their registration. As with any scheduled situation, if you are running late, it is best to notify our staff or a friend, so that we are prepared.

I reserved a Table for 6 and have more friend/family that want to join, can they?

Sure! The more the merrier. Please advise your friends to look at our calendar of events for the open workshop listed for your date and time. During the checkout process, they will be asked who they want to sit near, have them mention your name and we’ll do our best to get you seated together.

If I reserve a Table for 6, will we have the studios to ourselves?

Our Table for 6 reservations are not private reservations, so you may be sharing the space with other chandlers (candle makers). Once we receive confirmation of a reservation, we add the event to our open workshop calendar.  This could mean sharing the studio and a table with other makers, depending on the logistics of each workshop and number of makers.

What happens if someone in my group of 6 can’t make it?

We are very upfront and honest about our refund policy in that we do not offer refunds. If we are given at least 24 hours notice of the person who cannot attend, we will apply a 100% credit to their account. Credits can be used at any workshop, providing there is availability and they never expire. If we receive less than 24 hours notice, a 50% credit will be applied to their accounts.

NO shows will not receive a credit or refund.

We understand that life happens and sometimes unforeseen circumstances pop up. You are always welcome to send someone in your place – though we don’t get involved in the finances of this transaction. Collecting from your replacement will be your responsibility. Another option is to ask someone attending to make your candles in your absence.  Our staff is happy to assist.

I organized the date and now no one can attend, what do I do?

Yikes, that is a bummer! You are welcome to reschedule your event one (1) time providing that we have at least 10 days notice.

Can I bring alcohol?

Yes, you are welcome to partake in adult libations, providing you are at least 21 years of age and understand our alcohol policy and TABC laws. You may not cross the threshold (go outside) with an open container of alcohol at any time or for any length of time, including a quick phone call. We have a cork opener and cups for your convenience.

I understand that each person gets to make two candles, can we share a project and workspace?
YES, each person makes two candles. And NO, you cannot share projects and here’s why… Each person will choose 1 scent to fill a 12oz and 4 oz jar. The metal stamping project is for the 12oz candle, so the person getting the 4oz candle isn’t getting much of an experience and that’s no fun. In addition, we are not equipped for sharing and to preserve the experience for all of our chandlers, we require a registration for each person in attendance.
Can I bring food? Snacks? Pizza? Birthday cake?

Sure! We want you to make the most of your 2-hour creative escape at our workshop. The first 30 – 45 minutes is the “creative” portion of the workshop and while you are welcome to enjoy a drink as you explore our scents, we ask that you refrain from eating until after wax is poured.  The 2nd part of the workshop is the “social” portion of your candle experience.  During this time, you are welcome to indulge in light snacks, socialize, or feel free to walk around downtown McKinney. 

If you opt to bring in food, please keep it simple. We are very much a DIY studio and not a food venue.  For example, chips & dip, pizza and other like finger foods work well.  Additionally, be sure to include any utensils needed along with paper goods.  Clean up and disposal of your food and food items is your responsibility as our {CRUSH} Creatologists will be busy tending to your candles.  

If you opt to buy pizza from one of our local pizza restaurants (Cadillac Pizza or Mellow Mushroom), please note that often there is a 45 – 60 minute wait during peak times and they do not deliver. If you need to pick up pizza, please plan accordingly and bring it will you when you arrive (to be eaten after we pour wax) or plan to pick up after the first hour when candles are setting. Our number one priority is to stay on schedule and pour wax earlier enough so that you can take your candles home.

What else do I need to bring?
Yourself, your enthusiasm and your willingness to relax, learn and create. This is truly a handcrafted, hand-poured project and there will be imperfections – especially using a natural wax, like soy wax. Take a deep breath, it’s ok.
What tools and supplies will I be using?

Hot wax! Our soy wax is heated to 180+ degrees, so it’s hot! We are also working with fragrance oils and chandler tools such as glass beakers, scales, thermometers and glue guns. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to work with metal stamping tools, such as metal stamps and a hammer.

Please note that studio shares a space with our sister studio, The Board Bar. While we are not directly working with The Board Bar tools, you may be exposed to sawdust (natural pine), water-based stains and latex paint.

If you have allergies to soy and or latex, please consult a physician before crafting in our space.

How long is the workshop?

Our workshops are scheduled for two hours and we ask everyone to arrive 15 minutes early.  The first 30 – 45 minutes is the “creative” portion of the workshop with the last 90 minutes being the “social” part of the experience.  It is important to know that due to humidity levels, ambient temperatures, certain fragrances used and actual start time, candles take 90+ minutes to set once they are poured.  While waiting for candles to solidify, this downtime is ideal for relaxing, socializing, enjoying a sip or two, mingling with new friends and old and of course, you are welcome to walk around downtown McKinney. 

McKinney is chock-full of boutiques, eateries, wineries & more.  If you need a recommendation, please ask a {CRUSH} Creatologist, we love playing tour-guide and we’ve got the downtown scoop! If your candle is not ready for the journey home at the end of the workshop or you wish to leave early, we will provide instructions for picking it up a later date.

I have a favorite essential oil, can I bring it with me to use in my candle?

Great idea, unfortunately, there’s a good chance it will not work so we ask that you only use the approved premium fragrance oils we have in the studio. The burn and melt pool is often unpredictable with essential oils and varies greatly from oil to oil. In addition, the hot throw (scent of a burning candle) is often unpredictable or poor at best, with essential oils.

I am sensitive to fragrances, do you have any options for me?

We sure do!  We understand that fragrant candles may not be everyone’s cup of tea and some people are more sensitive to smells than others.  With this in mind, we encourage attending a workshop and making a scentless soy candle.  Yes!  There is such a beast.  You will have the same experience, with the exception of the scent exploration.  We use 100% soy for wax along with cotton wicks, so it’s a clean burn.  If you omit the fragrance, you can still enjoy the ambiance of a burning candle.

I have my own vessel (or jars from a previous workshop), can I bring them with me to use?

At this time, we are only using the new jars that come with each workshop. However, as we grow – we will incorporate a recycle program that allows you to come in and refill your wax. We’re just not there yet.

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Walls of Clay (sister studio)

211 N Kentucky St
McKinney, TX 75069

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