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A New Type of Butterfly Effect

After a thorough spring cleaning session, there is no better finishing touch to give our homes a summer makeover than dotting a few butterflies about the place. Combine them with bright colours and a scented candle or two, and they’re a wonderful symbol of summer to get you in the mood for the sunny weather that’s surely going to break out soon. Hopefully. Any second now. Actually, no promises on that part.

Even if the sun never quite gets its hat on, we can sprinkle a bit of summer around the home with some flowery scents and brightly coloured candles. And don’t forget to add a little touch of this new kind of Butterfly Effect, one which thankfully won’t end with you waking up in a mental institution desperately trying to find some childhood memento to travel back in time with and change everything just one more time in order to avoid losing your arms or turning your best friend into a psychopathic killer.

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Butterfly Candle Products You Won’t Regret

One action that certainly won’t end up with a bad memory you wish you could go back in time to change will be the purchase of a Floating Butterfly Scented Candle. These beautiful but affordably priced candles have a sweet summery charm with the wings of the butterfly dusted with shimmering glitter to playfully reflect the light of the flame. Available in either pink or lilac, these scented candles will permeate a vanilla essence throughout your home – a scent which is well known for its relaxing qualities.

You can also get some small butterfly-shaped candles which have a stunningly realistic design (especially considering they are made out of wax) and are available in either pink or blue. They float in a bowl or glass of water which also massively enhances their relaxing effect. Alternatively, there are plenty of candle tins and trays emblazoned with butterfly designs which you can use to decorate your home during the summer months. There are jars featuring one huge butterfly in a variety of colours, plus other candle holders with designs ranging from summer meadow scenes to arty interpretations of the iconic summer creature.

If you are fond of burning fragrance oil or still have a load of tea lights you haven’t used yet, you can use this White Ceramic Oil Burner to fill a room with the dancing shadows of butterflies as their shapes are carved into the wall of the burner. This is a perfect gift for people who likes cosy evenings in with the lights down low.

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Pink Butterfly Floating Candle
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Green Butterfly Candle Holder
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Butterfly Floating Candles

Why Choose Butterfly Candles?

Butterflies are a regular decorative feature of many household items, sometimes appearing in places we don’t notice very often. In the corners of bed linen such as duvet covers and pillow cases, you’ll usually see them either on their own or in a kaleidoscope of butterflies woven into the pattern. Ornamental pieces such as toothbrush holders or kitchen utensils are other types of ware that the butterfly is often chosen to emblazon. But why it is so popular for household goods?

Well, first and foremost it is a very beautiful creature, but there is more to the symbolism than mere aesthetics. The butterfly represents transformation, and undergoes perhaps the most amazing transformation in the entire animal kingdom. In under a month they go from a creepy-crawly caterpillar to the most colourful of flying creatures flittering across the summer meadows.

Their change comes around so fast, yet they take it all in their stride which is a valuable lesson and a great example for us to follow. As we grow old and whatever else happens to us in our lives, whatever the changes are, we must always keep on being the best we can be with whatever we’ve got. That’s why the butterfly is such an inspiration. So keep some butterfly designed candles close by at all times to light of a summer evening or to fill your home with a beautifully relaxing scent that will help us all get the very best out of the best months of the year.

Top Questions About Candle Wicks

We all know that candle wicks are an essential feature of a candle, without them the candle could not burn. But do we actually know what they are made from, how they work, what’s the best way to trim them and how we could make our own? Take a look at the following five top questions about candle wicks.

What is a Candle Wick?

A candle wick is typically a braided piece of cotton that holds the flame of a candle.

How Does a Candle Wick Work?

A candle wick works by conveying the fuel to the flame which then vaporises and combusts. The size, diameter and ‘stiffness’ all influence how slowly, quickly and efficiently a candle burns.

Why Should We Trim Candle Wicks and How Do we Trim Them Properly?

Keeping a wick trimmed will help save you money for the simple reason it will make the candle burn more slowly and therefore last longer. As well as enhancing a candle’s performance, a shorter wick will also help keep the black carbon produced to the minimum.

The best way to trim a wick is to use a wick trimmer. Before you trim the wick you will need to remove the small ‘hump’ of wax that has formed around the wick as this hump will cover some of the wick and therefore prevent you from getting an accurate measurement of how long the wick is.

Ideally, you want your wick to be cut to 1/8” tall, 1/4” at the most. Unlike scissors, a trimmer will guarantee you get a precise cut which will mean the candle is cleaner and safer when burning.

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Why Should You Trim Your Wick

How Do I Light a Wick Correctly?

To successfully light a candle wick you should ignite a match and lower the match slowly and ‘lean’ it against the wick. Drafts and breezes can easily blow the match out so cup your hand around the flame to prevent it from going out. Place the middle of the flame on the wick and leave it the flame burning there for approximately three seconds, until the wick is ignited. Then remove the match and extinguish it.

How Can I Make My Own Candle Wick?

Making candles has become a popular activity for crafters and creative recyclers, though it has to be said, there is a tendency to buy wicks from a store. To completely make your own candle, wicks and all, dissolve two tablespoons of salt and four tablespoons of boraz into a cup of warm water. Soak a piece of cotton kite string, a foot in length, in the solution for 15 minutes. Place the string on a clothesline for a few days until it is completely dry. Using a paper clip dip the string in melted wax several times until it is fully coated in wax. Cut the string down to wick size and store the wicks in rolled up newspaper.

Reusing your Jar Candles

If you have a partiality for candles the chances are you’ve got a lot of old candle jars lying about the home. Instead of collecting them up and taking them to a recycling bank, why not make better use of them by using the jars practically and creatively for entirely different purposes?

Reusing Yankee Jar Candles
Reusing Yankee Jar Candles

Creative Jar Candle Uses

Pot-pourri and the baskets it goes in can be expensive. If you’ve got an empty candle jar that’s doing nothing other than getting in the way, then give it a good wash so that all the wax and other debris is removed, buy a bag of dried pot-pourri (it’s often the container it comes in that costs the most) and fill the jar with the fragrant plant material. Place a small piece of fabric over the lid with a ribbon wrapped round so that it stays in place. Crocheted fabric works well as the holes in the material enable the scent of the pot-pourri to filter through. Stand back, admire and let your creation brighten up your home.

If you have a larger candle jar at your disposal then you are in the possession of a potentially great cookie jar. Give the jar a good wash, decorate a ‘Cookie’ label and stick it on the front, fill the jar with some delicious cookies, tie a ribbon round the lid, and there you have it, a fantastic home made cookie jar that can be proudly displayed in your kitchen.

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Plant Jar Candle

Start Upcycling Your Jar Candles!

Whether you have pillar candles or tea lights, votive candles or tapered ones, once the candles are burned out a trail of wax will be left in their wake. Instead of throwing the wax out or using it to start the fire, collect it all up and once you’ve got enough, use it to make another candle. To really make use of your old candles, use the jar as a place to put the wax in. As well as being a practical place to store the leftover wax, the different coloured wax that mixes together will make a pretty ornament.

If you have got an old candle jar that is big enough to house a plant you should use it exactly for this purpose. The wider the jar the better it will be for holding plants. Simply clean it out, fill it up with soil then add a plant to it. Congregate a few of your home-made plant jars together for an effective feature in the home.

If a candle jar is good enough for plants it’s good enough for flowers. As flowers have stems, try and get the longest candle jar as you can for this purpose. Decorate your jar as elaborately or subtly as you want to, fill it half up with water and place a bunch of flowers in your creative upcycled vase – the perfect way to brighten up your home without spending any money.

How to Make Decorative Christmas Candles with Leftover Wax

The light of a candle flickering in a room, casting a warm and cosy glow, epitomises the contentment of Christmas. When the candle goes out, a room appears dark, cold and comparatively soulless. What do you do with the large lump of wax that’s left in place of the once flickering flame? You could unleash your creative spirit and make some inventive and unique Christmas candles with the leftover wax.
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Christmas Mould Beeswax Candle

Liven up a plain beeswax candle  into a pretty Christmas feature by adorning some Xmas moulds onto it. Buy a tin of decorative moulds of a Chrismassy theme such as Father Christmas, Christmas trees and reindeer. It could be either a baking tin or a mould specially for candle making, the choice is entirely yours.

Warm up the wax in a saucepan and pour into the mould shapes and wait for the wax to dry. Prize them out of the tin and then paint some glue onto the back side of the wax moulds and stick them to the sides of a plain candle to create a thoroughly unique decoration.

Christmas Tea Light Candles

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When your favourite scented candle is at the end of its life-cycle, use the leftover wax to make your own Christmas tea lights. Melt the wax you have leftover and pour it into some moulds. Save a little of the melted wax to add to the tea light later as it is likely to sink a little in the centre when it cools.

Place your resurrected tea light into a festive tea light holder, such as this stunning red star holder. And there you have it, a thoroughly unique Christmas candle made from recycled candle wax which will make a wonderful addition to your home as well as a perfect gift for a loved one.

Christmas Glitter Candle

Collect as much old wax as you can, break it up into small pieces and melt it an a saucepan. Get a votive holder of a Christmassy colour – red, green or gold will work best – place a straw across the top of the holder and dangle a candle wick from the straw so the end of the wick protrudes fairly deeply into the container.
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Then, place the wick onto the straw and hold with sticky tape. Pour the wax into the holder making sure the it cover the at least an inch of the wick. Wait until the wax hardens and then sprinkle the top of it in gold glitter. Stand back and admire your characterful homemade Christmas candle.

The Snowman Candle

Again, collect as much old wax as you can and melt it into a saucepan. Purchase a snowman baking mould and pour the wax into the mould, leaving a small amount behind. Leave until the wax dries and the prize the candle out of the mould. Dig out a small hole in the wax from the top of the snowman’s hat.

Put a wick in the hole and then melt your remaining candle wax once again in the saucepan. Pour the rest of the wax so that the wick is securely fixed onto the top of the snowman. Make a few of these cute snowman candles and scatter them throughout the home to bring warmth and spirit to your home this Christmas.

Top 10 Weird Facts about Candles You Never Knew

Candles – they’ve been used for centuries, burning brightly giving off a warm, fragrant and atmospheric vibe and there’s little more to say about them, right?  Wrong. Candles boast a long and colourful history and as well as their practical uses can be used as a means of entertainment. Check out the following 10 weird facts about candles you never knew.

1) A Spiritual Enhancer

Historically, candles have been used to symbolise philosophical enlightenment, spiritual illumination, moral guidance and scientific education.

2) Scented Candles

You may have thought scented candles were a modern phenomenon. On the contrary, those interested in the history of candles will be interested to know that fragrant candles made their debut in 200AD. The earliest scented candles came from India and comprised of cinnamon.

3) Beeswax

In the Middle Ages, candles were made out of beeswax. These beeswax candles were a symbol of luxury and were confined to royalty and lavish ceremonies of a religious nature.

4) Whale Fat

In the 1800s, oil harvested from the sperm whale was highly prized and were considered the best in the world producing a bright clear flame without an excess of smoke. Some of the candles from ancient Japan and China were made out of whale fat.

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Candles for Enlightenment
Beeswax Candles for Royalty
Beeswax Candles for Royalty
Table Salt Preserves Candles
Table Salt Preserves Candles

 

5) Candle Competitors

For thousands of years until the early 1900s, candles were used as the primary source of light. The candle’s main competitor was the olive oil lamp, which meant many parts of Europe, Africa and the Middle East did not develop candle-making.

6) Freezing Candles

Candles are not typically associated with freezers but if you put a candle in the freezer for a couple of hours it will last longer. By freezing the wax you will allow it to burn at a slower rate than a candle left in room temperature. The trick is to prevent the wick from freezing which would render it useless. Wrap the wick in some tin foil before placing the candle in the freezer.

7) Table Salt

Another way to prolong the life of a candle is to use table salt. Light your candle and wait for it a pool of wax to form on the top just underneath the wick. Blow it out and quickly sprinkle some table salt onto the melted wax surrounding the wick. Relight the candle and it will burn twice as long.

8) A One Minute Party Game

This fun party game requires 15 – 20 candles and a matchbox. The players have to light as many candles as they can with a single matchstick. Candles that blow out during the game are not added to a player’s score. The winner is the player with the most lit candles – the mind boggles.

9) Cut the Wick for Maximum Efficiency

A wick should be ¼ inch in length to ensure for optimal burning efficiency. If your candle’s wick is longer than a ¼ inch make sure you use a wick trimmer to trim it to this length before lighting it for a longer, brighter burn.

10) Away from Drafts

To prevent your candle from emitting smoke and burning too quickly make sure you keep it away from drafty areas. If a candle burns at a tilted angle it is likely to emit smoke and burn too fast.