Why Beeswax Candles Are Superior

Burning beeswax candleBeeswax candles are certainly one of the most beautiful and superior waxed candles that are being massively produced. There are various reasons on why other similar waxed based candle products are inferior when compared to beeswax. One of the biggest reasons that these candles are far more superior to other wax candle is the fact that they are made from a high-quality honey bee that is fully industrious. And, to make just one pound of wax, honey bees need to consume at least 6-8 pounds of honey while making more than 33 million goes to individual flowers, which is a pretty amazing and staggering fact. Production of beeswax is certainly an essential to bee colonies to fully construct combs where bees usually raise brood and afterwards store pollen for winter.

Advantages of Beeswax Candles

These candles are usually very useful and helpful to relieve the usual discomfort of various season allergies, which is always a positive sign. Even one recent and highly reputable study suggested that exposing body to certain modified allergens in local pollen can eventually build up to minimize or even become immune to certain allergy reaction. Nutrient quercetin, which is a major part of these candles, is widely known for inflammation of season allergies.

Also, a great advantage of beeswax is the actual fact that when it burns, it seriously changes air quality just by producing negative ions that can help in removing air pollution, and further improve absorption and use of oxygen.

Beeswax Specifications

They also have flavoring and food applications which are completely edible in sense of having similar indigestible plant waxes or toxicity. Also, wax monoesters that are found in beeswax are usually poorly hydrolyzed in guts of mammals and humans, and therefore there are no bigger food values in it.

Beeswax is 100 % natural and completely free of any chemicals and pesticides, and that will always stay the same as long as they are not treated with any chemicals or pesticides. Quality of these candles is also easily spotted just by its uniqueness and the fact that they cost more than paraffin wax, which is far more inferior when compared to beeswax.

Beeswax also has a very long burning time, and that is also one of the reasons why these candles are probably the best and most reputable candles on the market. It is important to note that beeswax candles are oldest candles known to mankind, and therefore they are certainly the best choice for any person that is an avid fan of candles, and that wants to further support future of honeybee.

 

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How to Make Cupcake Candles

Handmade cupcake candle made with whisked wax and topped with sprinkles

Handmade cupcake candle made with whisked wax and topped with sprinkles. © Uteki

With candle making, there are hardly any limits. You can replicate lots of things with your creativity. Here are some delicious ‘Cupcakes’ that look very, very inviting.

Complete with chopped crayon bits for nuts and decorations, many people will mistake them for edible, freshly-baked, icing-topped cupcakes coming from your kitchen!

Materials Needed:

  • Candle Making Supplies (Wax, Dyes, Boiler, Wicks etc.),
  • Paper Muffin Cups (2-3 for one candle),
  • Whisk,
  • Old Crayons (chopped into small pieces)

Directions:

  1. Place 2-3 paper cups into each other for strength. Now, place them into individual muffin molds or a muffin tray for a string base. Grease them lightly if you wish, but it is not necessary.
  2. Melt Wax, mix a dark or earthy colored dye for the muffin base. We have used brown, but you can experiment. They are not real cakes after all!
  3. Pour melted wax into the prepared ‘molds’. Allow to cool and set. You can use a wick at this point. We have have not used one because I made these ‘cupcakes’ just as a show-piece.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the ‘frosting’. Melt wax and dye it a soft, creamy color. We used used a pale, earthy brown again, but pinks, creams, blues, greens, yellows, peaches etc. look great for the icing. Be creative with your color combinations.
  5. Cool the melted wax till you see a thin skin forming on it. Whip it with a whisk till it gets frothy. Quickly, spoon the froth over the cupcake. If the wax solidifies before you are able to spoon enough froth, repeat the melting, cooling and whipping process.
  6. While the frosting is still warm, sprinkle pieces of old crayons.

 

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The Camper’s Delight: Wax Fire Starters

fire at seaI am a big fan of camping, at least until I get out to it.  Usually, my biggest gripe with camping is trying to get a campfire lit to take the chill out of the morning.  Everyone is huddled around a dead campfire, teeth chattering, waiting for something to happen so they can warm up after a cool night in the tent and start making breakfast.

It never fails, the campfire takes longer than it did the night before but if you have the camper’s secret weapon, wax fire starters, you can get those campfires going in no time.  Not only are the wax fire starters weather resistant and handy, they are also a great way to get rid of your excess candle wax that you have lying around the house.

When it comes to making the Wax Fire Starters, it is very easy to make.  You should be careful since you will be working with hot wax and this is not an activity that I would recommend that you do with kids.  It is a craft that doesn’t need too many supplies and they are fairly inexpensive to make.

What you need:

  • Old wax (this can be old candles or even crayons.  You could also go and purchase wax from a craft store)
  • Sawdust or wood chips
  • Dryer Lint
  • Muffin Tin
  • Wax Muffin Cups
  • Double boiler

Directions:

  1. Remove all the wicks and wrappings from the candles and crayons.  Set them aside.
  2. Place all the old wax into the double boiler and melt on medium-low heat.  If you don’t have a double boiler, use a coffee can or a boil and place it inside a pot filled with a few inches of water.  Make sure to keep the water level high enough to burn the pot and also be careful not to spill the bowl.
  3. Before you begin melting the wax, fill the muffin tin with the muffin cups.
  4. Add some dryer lint to the muffin cups.
  5. With the sawdust or wood chips, there are two ways that you can use them.  The first way is to add them to the melted wax, making a wax and wood mixture.  The second is to add them to the muffin cups.  It is simply a matter of preference and I don’t think one works better than the other.
  6. After the wax has melted completely, carefully pour it into each of the muffin cups.  Make sure to leave about half an inch between the top of the tin and the wax.
  7. Set to the side and allow them to cool completely.
  8. Store them in plastic baggies for the camping trip.  The best way is to wrap them individually in a paper towel so there is no chance that they will melt and stick together.

Once you are camping and enjoying the great outdoors, the wax fire starters are very easy to use.  All you need to do is set up a tepee or log cabin of kindling, place the fire starter in the center and light it.  It should flare up and burn for about 5 minutes, long enough to catch the kindling and get your fire going.

One of the best features of wax fire starters are the fact that they can be used in practically any type of weather.  They are water resistant and keep down the amount of supplies that you need in your camping inventory.

Before you use a fire starter, it is important to stress that fire starters should never be used as a candle.  They burn very quickly and very hot and will cause serious injuries if you use them for anything except outdoor campfire starters.

Making a Chunk Candle

Hand Poured Chunky Soy Candle

Hand Poured Chunky Soy Candle

Making chunk candles is an and fun activity for all ages. A unique technique using wax chunks of different colors gives the finished candle a beautiful texture and look. Thay make a refreshing alternative to the usual pillar candles. Follow these step-by-instructions and make your own pretty chunk candles to gift or keep.

** It is assumed that the reader has a basic knowledge of preparing the candle mold by spraying oil and wicking it and also for setting and removing the finished candles from the mold. Anyone who has made a pillar candle before will find this project very easy to follow.

What You Need

  • Wick,
  • Paraffin Wax,
  • Candle Mold,
  • Candle dyes in various colors,
  • Shallow Tray,

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Directions:

  1. First you will need to prepare chunks. You can use leftover chunks from other candle projects. Or you make new ones by melting wax, adding color and allowing to set in a shallow pan. You can use either single-colored or multi-colored chunks.
  2. Prepare the mold by spraying oil and wicking it. Then fill the mold with chunks.
  3. Melt (un-dyed) wax and add to the mold. Allow to set completely.
  4. When completely set, remove from mold.

Note: You can make different types of candles by altering the number of colors and chunks used. You can choose all your chunks to be of the same color or different colors. The color of the ‘filler wax’ can also be white or any other color that you choose to have.

You can also cut out all your chunks in similar shapes or keep mismatched ones.

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Renew Thyself Daily – With Candles!

floating marketOne of my favorite quotes is a quote of a quote in transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, a writing he found on the bathtub of King Tchingthang, which Thoreau describes, ” ‘Renew thyself completely each day; do it again, and again, and forever again.’ I can understand that. Morning brings back the heroic ages.” I agree, to wake up early, enjoy the dawn, and have a productive morning is some of my finest time. And there are little things that bring the beauty and productivity into fruition, little things that I don’t take lightly – like the encompassing power os something as simple as a candle.

Having the perfect scent can completely vitalize my day, and studies have proven this. It is now known that certain scents physiologically help create moods, citrus scents rejuvenate and create energy, lavender scents are calming, and so forth. And then there’s the primordial magic of the flickering flame, and poetry in certain scent combinations. So what do I renew myself with? Thai Market.

The Thai Market candle from Illuminations completely invigorates my morning, probably due to the citrus element: lemongrass. The candle also contains the scents of sweet litchee, basil, aromatic cardamom, and creamy coconut milk. This combination is like a master recipe – a work of art. The soothing coconut balances with the crisp lemongrass and the other scents add a touch of enchantment. They conjure up Asian secrets and always leave me inspired. Citrus is also known to leave a clean feeling, partly because some citrus fruits like lemon are used as cleaning items. Not only does it smell clean, but this candle inspires cleaning! The energy, the crisp cleanliness, perfect for tidying up in the morning.

When the work is done, it leaves me inspired, I’m more likely to play music or write or do something I really enjoy with this little touch. It’s these little things that can really enhance a day and shouldn’t be taken for granted. Your environment is important to your life, and a clean, aesthetically pleasing one will surely give you the happiness and energy to accomplish more than you normally would. So find a scent that really appeals to you, and if the scents of the Thai Market candle appeal to you, I’d highly recommend trying it out.

 

Note: Illuminations has closed since this article was first written, but there are plenty of other invigorating candles to enjoy.  If you have a favorite, let us know!

How To Make Unity Candles

Example of a wedding candle arrangment

Example of a wedding candle arrangment

When it comes to having a unity candle, the sky is really the limit.  You can find ones that are pre-made with a little plastic envelope in the front to insert your invitation or a poem into the space.  You can also have them custom made in the colors of your wedding and featuring a special message.[/caption]

There really is no limit, except for price, when it comes to a unity candle.  But let’s talk about price.  If you are planning a wedding on a limited budget, you may be feeling the pressure of fitting everything into your budget.  The dresses are expensive, the tuxes, the food, the venues, the flowers and it goes on and on.

If you are like me and find yourself with many people who are crafty and want to help, you may decide that the best way to cut some costs is to make things on your own or by enlisting the help of others.  A unity candle is one of those things that you can make on your own and it adds a romantic element to the finished product.

What you need:

  • Candles:  You can go with straight white but I would try to match the white with the preferred white you are using.  Don’t use ivory white if you are going with an eggshell white for everything else.  You will need three candles.  One tall pillar candle and 2 tapers.  Try to find 3 candles that are very similar in height.
  • Scissors
  • Lace ribbon: this can be used for around the bottom of the candle and also as a decorative edging around the pillow
  • Small bead pearls: The faux kind, not the real.  Another way to make bead pearls and to make sure they stick in is to use straight pins with round, white heads.  Trim the pins until they are ½ inch long and then just insert the pins right into the candle.
  • Wire Edged Ribbon:  This is for making bows and it is optional.
  • Silk flowers: Again, any decoration you use is completely optional.
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Heat Gun (optional)
  • Invitation printed out on paper or a special poem

Directions: 

  1. Start with your pillar candle first since this is the central candle and you will embellish the other tapers with only minor detailing.
  2. Print out your poem or invitation and trim down to a size that fits your candle.
  3. Cut out the poem and center it on your pillar candle.  Before you do, you can decorate it with stamped images if you would like.
  4. I like to use a heat gun to melt the wax slightly under the paper. This will sink the paper into the candle and      will help secure it to the candle.
  5. Now that your poem is on the candle, you can start decorating.  It is very common to have bead pearls and/or lace around the invitation or poem.  You can do this by cutting out enough lace to go around the invitation and then fastening it with the cut pins.  If you are worried that the pins will slip out, you can place a little drop of glue on the tip of the pin before you insert it.
  6. Embellish the candle any way you would like using your glue gun and the flowers, bead pearls and any other embellishment that you find.
  7. After the unity candle is finished, decorate the tapers.  I find that using a bow or a strip of ribbon and a silk flower around the center of the taper is more than enough decoration to tie it into the Unity Candle.

And that is all you need to do. On the day of your wedding, you and your spouse will have a beautiful unity candle to light made all the more special because you made it.

Beautiful Wax Sculptures Made Easy

The wax from crayons can be used to make beautiful sculptures.

The wax from crayons can be used to make beautiful sculptures.

There is something infinitely beautiful about a well shaped candle.  People will pay top dollar for this works of art and I have often found that many people will avoid using them since they are so exquisite.

If you do use the sculpted candle, you are left with a melted mess, trying to figure out exactly what to do with it now.  Sure you can melt it down to make more candles but why don’t you melt it down to create another sculpture.

I am not a big fan of abstract art but I have come to really enjoy these wax sculptures.  They are easy to make and you can make them with older children, under supervision.  Actually, the first time I made an abstract wax sculpture, I was only 13.

They are very easy to make and you only need a few items to create a beautiful work of art.  You don’t even need candles!

What you need:

  • Wax – This is the most important item for making a wax sculpture but I have used everything from store bought wax to old crayons.  Remember that some colors will mix together creating a muddy color but others won’t.
  • Double Boiler – Since you are melting wax, it is best to use a double boiler or a metal bowl in a few inches of water.  Adding a pot of wax to a direct source of heat can cause fires or at the very least, may burn the wax and ruin the pot.
  • Colored Dye – This is optional and sometimes you can just play around with the colors that you have in the crayons or old candles.
  • Metal Pie Plates – The disposable pie plates work best for this type of project
  • Kitchen Sink – The deeper the better.

Directions:

  1. Before you begin melting the wax, it is important to prepare it.  Remove any wrappers from crayons, and cut out any wicks from the old candles.
  2. Once everything is prepared, fill up the kitchen sink with cold water. The colder the better.  Fill it as deep as you can but make sure it won’t spill over the sides when you submerse your arms.
  3. Melt the wax at medium low on the stove in a double boiler.  If you want to make sure the colors do not blend, use a few double boilers, each with a different color.
  4. When the wax is melted, carefully pour between 2 or 3 inches of hot wax into a pie plate as it rests on the surface of the water.  Play with different levels of melted wax.
  5. Quickly spin the pie plate slightly and then submerge the plate.  The candle wax will billow up into long      streaks and you will create a wax sculpture.  Make sure to wear rubber gloves, the longer the better, since the wax is still hot as it is forming.
  6. Pull out of the water and carefully pour out the excess water.
  7. Remove from the pie plate and if you do not like it, simply remove and place back into the pot to melt.

Playing with the depth of the wax and how you submerge the pie plate will give you a large range of sculptures you make, from jagged ice sculptures to billowing trees to delicate fairy mushrooms.  Most of the sculptures will have a flat space where a glass votive or tealight can be attached to be used as an intricate sculpture.

  1. Make them long lasting by spraying them with a sealer.

And that is it.  These little sculptures will have guests talking and you will have lots of fun trying to outdo yourself every time.

Easy to Make Stamped Candles

Easy to Make Stamped CandlesI love candles whether they are tall, short, scented or plain; there is just something about surrounding myself with lit candles as I either work or simply enjoying a good book.  Candles can be very personal but I have found that the most personal candles are the ones that you make yourself.

My personal favourite are hand stamped candles.  They can be personalized to reflect the bearer, the occasion or the recipient.  They can be tailored for a space or for a romantic evening.  The sky is the limit with a stamped candle and they are very simple to make.

Before you read my helpful little how to, sit down, fix a lovely cup of tea and start brainstorming some of the many ways you could use a hand stamped candle.

What you need:

  • Candle(s) – Don’t purchase candles that melt completely, instead, purchase ones that tend to melt in the center.  This is for safety reasons since you will be using tissue for the stamped images.  Also, I have used other colored stamps but I find straight white works the best.
  • Tissue Paper – Yes, this is the tissue paper you find in gift bags.  You will want to use white for this craft.
  • Stamps – I used a basic set from Michael’s in the candles above but you can use any type of stamp.  My personal favorite is Stampin’ Up.
  • Heat Gun – You can buy heat guns in many craft stores but make sure you purchase one that is designed for embossing cards.  A Heat Gun is an electric tool that emits a burst of hot air.  It is similar to a hair dryer except it doesn’t produce as much wind and it produces more heat.  Trust me, don’t use a hair dryer.
  • Stamp Ink – The color will depend on what you are creating.  I used a soft blue for the candles above but don’t feel it is necessary to use the same thing.
  • Scissors

 Directions:

  1. Cut out pieces of tissue paper that are large enough for your stamp.  Place it on top of a sheet of paper since the stamp ink will bleed through the tissue paper when you are stamping.
  2. Ink your stamp with the desired ink.
  3. Press stamp to the tissue paper and then pull off.  Your image should be on the tissue paper.  If it didn’t work, simply through the tissue paper away and start over.  You can color your stamped issues but it can be very difficult since the tissue paper will bleed and tear.
  4. When all your images are stamped, trim the excess tissue paper off.  You will want as little overhang as possible.
  5. Arrange on your candle until you are happy with the setting.  Once you have them arranged, take off all of the pieces except one.
  6. With your heat gun at a slight angle, heat the tissue area.  The tissue will become transparent when it has been melted enough.  Make sure you move the heat gun around to prevent beading on the candle surface and do not over heat.  All of the edges of the image should be melted into the candle when it is finished.
  7. Repeat with any other images that you want on the candle.

And voila, you are finished and you have a beautiful hand stamped candle that can be given as a gift or as kept for a special occasion.  The only problem with hand stamped candles is the fact that no one ever wants to burn them.

Butterfly Candle Holders

Butterfly Candle HoldersButterfly candle holders are easy to make and a great gift idea. The materials are very inexpensive, and you can use your imagination for a variety of designs. To get started, you will need:

Materials:

  • Small glass candle holders
  • Butterfly wrapping paper
  • Yellow tissue paper
  • Decoupage
  • Cuticle scissors
  • Small paintbrush
  • Damp paper towel

You can buy whatever glass candle holders you like (or use some you already have laying around). I bought mine at Walmart for about $0.59. You could also find them at thrift stores or yard sales.

I chose butterflies for my design, but you could choose whatever design you’d like–maybe keeping in mind the tastes of the person you’re making them for. You can cut out pictures from anywhere, including calendars, greeting cards, magazines. Thin paper decoupages best.

After you have some pictures in mind, use cuticle scissors (the kind you cut your fingernails with) to cut out the pictures. These scissors work best on small pictures and cut rounder corners than regular scissors. If you’re not going to use the pictures right away, store them in ziploc bags.

You can buy decoupage at any craft store. It is normally found with the glue. It allows you to permanently affix a picture to another object, giving the object an overall glossy effect. Make sure the glass you’re working with is clean. Tear a piece of tissue paper into small (approx. 1 inch) pieces. Using the paint brush, brush some decoupage on to the back of one of the pieces of tissue paper. Position the tissue paper on the glass and then brush some more decoupage on top of it. Continue gluing on pieces of tissue paper, overlapping at the edges, until the entire candle holder is covered (including the bottom–set the candle holder on its top to dry). Brush one last coat of decoupage over the entire candle holder. Use damp paper towel to wipe off any excess decoupage.

After the decoupage has dried for about an hour (or more), position the butterflies (or other pictures) on top of the tissue paper. First brush some decoupage on the backs of the pictures and place them on the glass. Brush another coat of decoupage over the entire glass and set the candle holder on its top to dry again. After the decoupage has dried, add 2 or 3 more coats of decoupage after each coat has dried.

That’s it! These candle holders are only limited by your imagination. Use different colors of tissue paper and a variety of pictures for different themes. You could make these with holiday themes, like for Christmas or Easter. They also make great birthday presents, hostess gifts, or party favors. They are very easy to make and you can make several of them at one time.

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How to Make a Tin Can Luminary

Tin Can LuminaryTin can luminaries are a fun, easy craft project for all ages. They are great for any holiday and only limited by your imagination! You can transfer any simple shape onto a tin can to create a beautiful candle holder for any occasion.

I chose to make luminaries for Christmas this year. You can choose any simple design to transfer onto your tin can. I used a favorite clip art program on my computer to look for easy Christmas designs to print out. I chose a Christmas tree, a snowman, and a pair of gingerbread men.

Here’s what you need to get started:

– Empty tin cans (washed and labels removed)

– Design to transfer onto can

– Hammer

– Large nail

– Tape

– Dish towel

It is easiest to punch the holes in your tin can if you freeze some water in it first. Fill the can with water, leaving 1/4 inch space at the top for the ice to expand. Place in freezer until frozen. Your can may bulge a little at the bottom while in the freezer, but after you remove the ice you can use the hammer to flatten out the bottom of the can.

You might want to freeze a couple more cans then you think you’ll need in case you make a mistake and have to start over again.

After the ice has frozen, take the tin can from the freezer and tape your design to the can. I used packing tape, but you can also use duct tape. The tape won’t stick to the cold can, but you can wrap the tape all the way around the can so it will stick to the paper.

If you don’t have a design on paper, you can also draw a design on the can freehand with a permanent marker. You can also just punch the design freehand without drawing it first.

Lay the can on a folded dish towel so the towel will catch the ice chips that try to escape. It will also hold the can in place. Using the hammer and nail, tap holes around the border of your design, trying to punch holes evenly and not too close together. You want a simple design so that when you see only the holes in the can you will be able to tell what it is!

After punching the holes, remove the paper and tape and admire your design. It is really so easy! If you plan to hang your luminary, also punch two holes at the top of the can. You can make a handle out of wire (from a craft store) or a wire coat hanger.

Place the tin can under running warm water to melt the ice. Dry the can with a towel and place a votive candle in the bottom. You will need a long lighter or match to light the candle.

To further decorate your tin can luminary, you can spray paint the can any color you wish. Be creative!

This is a great family project. Just make sure kids have adult supervision while using the hammer and nails. Have fun!

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of What’s for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For more recipes, organizing tips, home decorating, crafts, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com.

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