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, Australia

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.


Manna Wholefoods & Cafe

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...