About the Pillar Candles:

We sell 2 standard sizes. 3"x7", & 4"x6". This is not an exact measurement, because these are handmade items and no two, even form the same "pour", are exactly alike. We also occassionally do squares or other large diameter candles with multiple wicks.
Here is some supplemental information about the soy candles.
    Soy Wax Facts:
  • Renewable resource.
  • Biodegradable, made from soy bean oil.
  • Non-petroleum; supports farm economy.
  • Water soluable; containers may be safely reused for food.
  • Long burning.
  • Does not release toxins as it combusts (burns).

Ecosoya brand soy is the type of wax used. This gives a long burn time, but less of a "scent throw". Our candles are lightly scented with essential oils, and occassionally candy flavor oils or gum resins such as amber, or botanicals such as sage or cinnamon sticks.

The soy pillar candle does not need to be in a jar, but does need to be on a non flammable surface with a lip to it, such as a plate. At fairs, I often to use a bed or rice, or lentils, in a shallow terra cotta dish. This may be repurposed later, and if you spill some of the grain, birds do not mind.

Candles poured in the canning jars, or teacups, do not require holders, but still may get quite hot. Use reasonable caution to avoid burns.

Hemp Wicks, in these pillar candles, are made from natural plant fiber, soaked in melted soy wax, and prepped by hand. Hemp is irregular and difficult to work with at times, so factory candles are not made that way. Hemp is a renewable resource also, and a strong natural fiber that remains upright, as the wax melts. This eliminates the need for a zinc/lead metal core inside the wick. Cotton tends to make a wimpy wick if it is not tightly braided, or there is no metal core. All combustion releases residue, but metal fumes are not something that in my opinion, that we want to breathe. Sometimes paper wicking, especially in candles made overseas, develop air gap between the wick and the wax, and this causes the wick to burn up before the wax gets hot enough to melt.

Smells Used are sourced mostly from Essential Oils. No Fragrance Oils are used in the soy candles. (Artificail rose fragrance is used in the painted rose candles, which are not soy.) I do use some food and candy flavor oils that are blends of natural and artificial flavors. If a substance is safe to eat, it is generally safer on the skin, and to breathe. Using body-friendly ingredients cuts down the allergenic potential for fragrance sensitive people. Sometimes people are looking for a hit me over the head Yankee Candle or Scentsy experience from their candles, but these are more like that wholesome smell of whole grains and essentials that wafts over from the natural foods sention at the grocery store. These "quieter" scents are much easier to live with, over time, compared to the big commercial brands. The candle you adopt into your home, should be a good fit, and behave itself when it gets there.

Other Additives Ground up herbs and botanicals such as sage, or lavender blossoms may be used for color or texture. (The Green Man candles are only sold in Washington State to persons over 21 because they contain state industry by-products.) Standard color/wax pigment chips may be used for color, which is always vegetable or mineral, but may have small amounts of parrafin. In the jar candles there may be illustrations on brown craft paper against the side. They are not hazardous.


Candle Construction:

It's a very simple method, but takes a bit of practice. I have about 3 or 4 pots of wax going in my water-jacket/boiler at a time. I melt the wax, begin to set up my clean molds and prepped wicks, decide what combination is on the menu for this pour day, and line up my molds. If the wax is suitable I may line a few teacups up with the molds. From a previous pour, usually there is a "slab" or two to break up with a mallet. I build the candle from the bottom with alternate pours, and the addition of more chunks as the candle builds. Meanwhile the challange is to keep the wick centered and not pushed over by the next chunk. After that pour is finished, the leftover melted wax gets poured into pyrex or hard plastic trays, to cool into slabs. These then become the "chunks" for the next pour, after they are broken up.

As the candle burns, expect that the colors and scents may change somewhat. New chunks that have a different scent may be revealed, as the predominant surrounding wax melts away.
It's okay, that's the circle of candle life. Hakuna Matata.

Nature. Nurture. Imagination.
Be Well.

-Alice

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