Aztec International

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3010 Henson Rd. Knoxville, Tennessee 37921


More than 30 years ago, Aztec International Incorporated owner Gary Forrester began supplying local candle makers with the wax necessary to bring wicked creations to fruition. Over the years, he has expanded his repertoire to include soap making and canning, providing crafters of myriad interests with raw supplies, DIY kits, and books.

In the shop’s classroom, seasoned instructors lead both soap- and candle-making classes. In soap-centric sessions, they guide students through the process of melting glycerin soap and cold-processing lye soap, as well as scenting the bars with fragrances such as birthday cake and honeydew. In candle classes, meanwhile, they empower students to craft their own paraffin and soy candles, providing tips along the way to ensure candles burn evenly, smell heavenly, and cast industry-grade shadow puppets.