by Jane Blake & Emily Paulsen
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!