Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Tea-lights in a Hodgepodge of Colors




How is your mood today? Cheerful? Excited? Calm?…or just feeling blue? Anyone of these colorful tea lights may denote your feeling now.

Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. - Pablo Picasso

Designers and artists know well that colors can bring crucial effect to our lives as they influence our daily mood, feeling or emotion and cause physiological reactions.

Below is a translation of some colors:

*RED – excited, angry
*BLUE – calm, sad, aloof
*GREEN – restful
*YELLOW – cheerful
*BROWN – sad, isolated
*ORANGE - enthusiastic
*WHITE - innocent

Each of these tea lights is made with a cotton wick and is 100% beeswax candle. Clear plastic cups were picked to encase them as to allow more brightness shows through the holders as well as to express the uniqueness of the colors, although the actual colors may rather different from those shown in the picture above. All these colorful tealight candles are likely burn for almost four hours. Perhaps you may want to burn them simultaneously to create a combination of different ambiance.



 
 
 

Friday, 26 April 2013

Dipped Beeswax Candle Making

Other than rolled and molded candles, another type of beeswax candles which is fun to learn is dipped candles. If you have not yet tried the making, I suggest you to give yourself an attempt on the near weekend. You may love the process, who knows?!

In beeswax candle making, beeswax is the most essential ingredient that you need. Thus, prepare beeswax in quantity that is enough for your candle dipping. You may purchase the beeswax directly from local beekeeper or online store. If the beeswax is in a single big piece, cut it into smaller pieces with a big knife to save melting time later.

You will need:

Beeswax, candle wick, scissors, double boiler (such as tin can & pot), stick & some old newspapers 

Guidelines:

Melting
Similar as making other types of beeswax candles, dipped candles also starts with melting the beeswax. Set up a double boiler to melt the beeswax. You may use a tall or medium-sized tin can and make sure the height of the can is enough for dipping your candles. Put the beeswax into the tin can then place the tin can into a pot filled with water half way up. Now, bring the pot to the stove and start melting the beeswax with medium heat. Switch the heat to low once the beeswax is melted thoroughly.

Dipping
Prepare candle wick in about 40cm length or double your desired length of candle plus extra 15cm in order to make two dipped candles at the same time. Hold the middle part of the wick and dip each side of the wick into the melted beeswax. The measurement of 15cm from the midpoint should free from dipping. Allow about 1-2 minutes or until completely dry before each further dip. Dip them repeatedly until the desired size is obtained.

Cooling
Hang and cool the newly made candles thoroughly once they reach the desired thickness or size similar to tapers. You may use a sustainable stick in between the back of two chairs as a rack for drying them and place some newspapers underneath to avoid any dripping on the floor. When they are entirely dry, shift them to a cool and dry area for storage. Trim the wick when you are ready to use.

Tips & warning:

1. Pay attention while handling the melted hot beeswax and stay children and pets away from the heat.

2. Avoid the wick in the melted beeswax long; otherwise the previously dipped beeswax on the wick will melt off.

3. Allow enough cooling time between dipping in order to secure the beeswax on the wick and will not fall off.

4. ­­­­­­­­­To help straighten the dipped candles, you may need to tug at both ends gently for the first few dips.

Your first experience should be enjoyable, no matter how it ends up. To add more fun, do involve your friend or family member in the process. Happy candle making!


Saturday, 9 February 2013

A visit to Beeswax Candle Section in Manna Wholefoods & Cafe, South Fremantle, WA

One Saturday afternoon I went to visit Fremantle in Western Australia and I found a beeswax candle section in the Manna Wholefoods & Cafe at 274 South Terrace.

There are some interesting rolled but mostly molded beeswax candles that caught my eyes, for instance, those in shape of bee and butterfly. The varieties include tealights, votives, pillars, tapers and some other adorable shapes of candles.

These are some of the photos I took from the section...








 


Manna Wholefoods & Cafe
 
 


Thursday, 22 November 2012

Celebrate Christmas with a Christmas Tree Candle

Ho…ho…ho…another Christmas is coming! Now is certainly not too early to prepare Christmas presents for you or friends and family. If candle is a great idea to you, perhaps you should consider a more environmental friendly and charming Christmas Tree Candle. It is made with 100 percent beeswax coil and no paraffin mixed. Imagine how wonderful it is to enjoy the warm light all day long on the celebration since it can be burned up to 80 hours. You will also be delighted by the 14 lovely ornaments decorated on the Christmas Tree Candle.



To use it, simply place the beeswax coil through the spring loaded clip in increments of 3 inches or less and consumption of every 3 inches almost equals to an hour burn time. Interestingly, it will be extinguished automatically when the flame extends to the clip. Hence, you have no worries whatsoever.

Wish you a Merry Christmas!






Thursday, 25 October 2012

Have Fun with Golf Ball Votive Candles

Are they golf balls? Are they candles? What do you think?
If they are put on the field, they just as if the real golf balls, but...they are beautiful beeswax votive candles in reality.

This set of 4 ivory votive candles is made with 100% beeswax and cotton wicks. They are in ivory instead of ordinary beeswax color owing to the filtering process which result both the natural color and scent being removed. In fact, ivory beeswax candles are a great alternative for those who prefer unscented candles.

These golf ball votive candles are just slightly smaller than real golf balls but they will burn and bring fun to you up to almost six hours. Have them in your garden as decorations or burn them for fun in any special day!


 
 
 
 


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

How Beeswax Sheets Are Made?

Making beeswax candles with beeswax honeycomb sheets is fun and interesting, yet have you ever wondered how the sheets and the honeycomb texture are created? See this video and you'll get the idea...





Monday, 17 September 2012

10 Steps to Making Molded Beeswax Candle

Unlike rolled beeswax candles, molded beeswax candles involve more complication in making include beeswax melting. However, the final output of this type of candles may worth your effort because molded candles are created according to the shapes of molds that you desire and they usually burn longer than rolled candles.


Materials & tools needed:

· Beeswax
· Wick
· Your selected candle mold
· Double boiler (such as saucepan & pouring pot)
· Candle release spray
· Wick bar
· Wick screw
· Masking tape/Wick putty/Mold sealer
· Wick tab (if candle mold doesn't provide a wick hole)


Instructions:

Step 1 – Assemble all the materials and tools on your working table.

Step 2 – Prepare the mold by first pulling a candle wick from the bottom of the mold if a wick hole is available. You may use wick bar to secure the wick and tighten it with wick screw. Cover the gaps at the bottom if any with wick putty, mold sealer or masking tape to prevent the beeswax from spilling. If there is no wick hole, then you will need to prepare a candle wick attached to a wick tab and place it at the bottom of the candle mold. Also, do not forget to spray the inside of the mold with candle release spray, so that the candle is easier to be removed from the mold later.

Step 3 – Prepare the amount of beeswax that you need (plus a little extra to ensure enough beeswax for second pouring). Put them in a pouring pot.

Step 4 – Fill a saucepan with some water and place the pouring pot in the saucepan.

Step 5 – Melt the beeswax by heating the double boiler on the stove. Make sure the beeswax is liquefied completely without any chunks left.

Step 6 – Pour the beeswax slowly into the mold until its level equals to the top edge of the mold without overspill. Meanwhile, make sure the candle wick is at the center.

Step 7 – Let the candle to almost dry and shrink, then add the remaining beeswax into the empty volume of the mold until full. You may need to reheat the beeswax and repeat filling the mold several times if any empty volume still exists after second pouring.

Step 8 – Allow the candle to cool and harden thoroughly this time. The cooling time may subject to the size of the candle you make.

Step 9 – Carefully release the candle from the mold.

Step 10 – Trim the candle wick to about ¼ inch to ensure the candle will burn well.


Tips:

- Keep children and pets away from the hot melted beeswax to avoid any accident or injury.

- You may coat the candle wick with melted beeswax before use to result easier pulling through the mold and also for better burning.

- Thermometer is often used for checking the beeswax pouring temperature more accurately.


Enjoy your self-made candles at home; also give them to your friends and family to show off your new talent, lol! =D