What Do You Want To Know About Candle Making?
burning the candles
- Never leave candles unattended while burning
- Keep your wicks trimmed or they will tend to smoke which is not good for you, your walls or furnishings.
- Burn candles away from drafts. A draft will cause your candle to burn unevenly, drip and smoke.
- Keep candles out of strong light. It can make the colour fade.
- Refrigerate your candles for an hour before burning. They will last longer. Wrap them in foil or plastic when they are in
the fridge or the wick will absorb moisture and the candle will not burn properly.
- Store candles in zip lock bags to conserve their scent and keep dust off.
- Before a dinner party, light your new candles before the guests arrive, then extinguish them. It will be easier to light
them later when the guests arrive.
- Burn the candle for 1 hour per inch of diameter for longer lasting candles. For example a 4 inch diameter candle
should be burnt for 4 hours at a time.
- If you don't have a long match or lighter to reach a deep or high candle, light a piece of uncooked dried spaghetti and
use it to light the candle.
- Use an extinguisher to put candles out, or blow with your finger to your lips to block most of the force of your breath.
This will prevent candle wax from being splattered around by the force of your breath. It is said that this practice is the
origin of the gesture "shhhhh" with finger to mouth, used at bedtime to quiet children and put out the lights.
interesting candle information
In England, the number produced from a pound of wax was used to name the candles; for instance "eight" candles weighed 8
to a pound, "twenties" weighed 20 to a pound, etc.This came from the candles used by the miners in coal mines in the mid
1800's. The miner had to find his own candles to light his work and way, and it was supposed that a small candle would not
so soon set fire to the fire-damp in the coal mines as a large one; and for that reason, as well as for economy's sake, he had
candles made of this sort - 20, 30, 40, or 60 to the pound.
Michael Faraday's (1791-1867) lectures of 1860 regarding the Chemistry of A Candle. There are many interesting
historical details about the origins of candles, the materials used in candle making of that time, as well as a detailed technical
discussion about chemistry and physics.