Sunday, February 10, 2013

Waxing Poetic

Candlemaking can sometimes be the natural progression of a soapmaker.  After a while, the big challenges of B&B are mostly behind us, and I feel pretty confident that I have a decent grasp on what I do now.  So...instead of basking in my lower stress levels and riding the wave of ease - it only makes sense that I would start the madness all over again begin a fun new adventure.


I'll begin by telling all of you that are thinking the same thing, that it's not as easy as it looks.  Melt some wax, slap a wick in hard could it be?!   Yeah, not so much.  There are as many variables in candlemaking as there are in soapmaking.  Don't even get me started on wicks.

However, with most new bank drainers obsessions of mine, I find myself working and working at it to the point of lunacy, 'til I figure it out.  The time I spend behind an apron in my kitchen/laboratory is disturbing.  But keeps me off the pole ya know?!  :p

So...after months and months of testing and retesting.....learning and reading, ad nauseum, I think I've finally become pretty comfortable with the knowledge I've gathered along the way.  Like soapmaking, it never ends, but you reach a place where you feel good about it.  I totally stopped burning down houses now and the vet says the cat's fur and left whiskers will grow back soon. 

Here are some of my latest creations:

They're fun, but sure take a long time.  I have all sorts of ideas about other "flavors" to make too.  See?  The gears never stop grinding....

Until next time....