Country Living Handmade Candles

Country Living Handmade Candles

by The Editors The Editors of Country Living Gardener, Country Living Magazine
     
 

Dozens of "recipes" for making candles that range from a simple beeswax votive candle to a glorious holiday pillar. The appeal of candles is both personal and varied: the light itself can be a symbol of tradition and of hope; the candles themselves can create moods ranging from soft and romantic to highly dynamic.

Basic candle making is quite straightforward: a

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Dozens of "recipes" for making candles that range from a simple beeswax votive candle to a glorious holiday pillar. The appeal of candles is both personal and varied: the light itself can be a symbol of tradition and of hope; the candles themselves can create moods ranging from soft and romantic to highly dynamic.

Basic candle making is quite straightforward: a candle is wax surrounding a wick. A beginner can make a beeswax candle in just minutes. Both that is just the starting point, as candle making embraces endless possibilities. Pyramids and pillars, tapers and votives are made even more beautiful with color and scent, with dried flowers and spices. Hurricane candles are formed with ivy leaves or sprigs of demure lilies; cinnamon sticks and cloves imbue candles with texture and fragrance. Many household objects can produce candles: jelly molds, chocolate molds, single-serving juice containers, even eggshells.

Candles outdoors create a festive environment: floating candles for a pool or pond are a perfect example. For entertaining, candelaria flank pathways lighting guests' way, and dramatic torchieres illuminate outdoor dinning tables.

Rounding out the book are a glossary, which explains the terms and ingredients of candle making, and a resource list that details where to get the best supplies.

Country Living Handmade Candles is a beautiful gift, or a perfect start to making beautiful gifts!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688155636
Publisher:
Hearst Books
Publication date:
12/31/2001
Series:
Country Living Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 9.79(h) x 0.65(d)

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Votive Candles

MAKES SIX 2 X 1-1/2 INCH VOTIVES 

Ordinary votive candles may be inexpensive and easily obtained, but there's nothing ordinary about these one hundred percent beeswax votives. They're a little taller than store-bought votives, and the beeswax makes them soft and aromatic. If you use candles to heat essential oils in a burner to release their fragrance, these are the votives for you. True votive molds are readily available and create a candle that is slightly narrower at the bottom than at the top. This pleasing profile is difficult to attain using found objects as molds -- try tomato paste cans or small juice glasses. If you use found molds, you may need a little more beeswax than this recipe calls for. 

Six 3-inch lengths wire core wick

6 wick holders 

0.5 pound of beeswax 

Prepare the molds -- you will need 6 small votive molds. Insert the wicks into the wick holders and place one in each mold. Give each mold a spritz of silicon spray. 

In the top of a double boiler over medium heat, melt the beeswax and heat to 160 degrees F.

Transfer the wax to a pouring jug and fill the molds. Allow to cool overnight, then release the candles from the molds.

Trim the wicks to 1/4 inch, set in your favorite votive holders, and they are ready to light.

Copyright 1998 by Hearst Books

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