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#21 Onyx

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Posted 26 January 2019 - 08:18 PM

I have some candles that are supposed to have flames that change colors, they were a waste of money. I suppose I could use them as an emergency supply. They are supposed to be Birthday Candles.
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#22 bluelily

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 04:37 PM

I LOVE candles! I even make my own.

 

What kind of candles do you prefer to use? Votive, stick, tea light? What kind of material? -      All of the above. For spells I often utilize smaller tapers. I prefer beeswax , but also use parrafin/soy
Where do you get your candles? Do you make or buy them? Where or what of?-        I make my own using beeswax, parrafin and soy. I also have store bought tapers/pillars.
What do you do with your candle remains after a spell? What if not for a spell?                   I throw away what needs discarded. Its use has already been utilized. 
How do you clean your candle holders? How do clean up wax on altars, cloths, tools or holders?                    Heat gun to melt it down, and scrub or scrape it off. 
How do you light your candles? Short matches, long? Lighters, wicks?              Lighters!


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#23 Adare

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 06:07 AM

Birthday candles! Damn that's a good idea. You can even get those ones that are impossible to blow out - relight them selves - would be neat to work with if it's a bit windy out!

 

I really like that idea! And the pranking element is delicious too! "You think you put me out? I'll show you!"  :D


Edited by Adare, 09 February 2019 - 06:08 AM.

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#24 Oroboros

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 09:36 PM

What type of candle I use depends entirely on the purpose. Pillars or jars are nice for altars, though I use tapers here sometimes. Size- well depends how long you want that candle around for. I keep mostly plain white or natural beeswax around, and a good quantity of black. I have a few colored candles but find that inscribing a candle with something and or dressing it is more than sufficient in attaching it to its purposes- color mattering very little in general. And as previously mentioned I use lighters, as they are convenient and intended to make fire. :)

Mainly just posting to share this (YMMV): I recently discovered that the cheap little wooden tools designed for sculpting clay, are very useful in wax clean up. Specifically there is one shaped similarly to a butter knife. But with this you can scrape or pop off cold wax without damaging the surface the wax is on. Also found you can jab it into a candle stump that is stuck wiggle a little and pop out the cold wax. Seems that the wood is textured just enough to get some grip on the wax.

{Edited to add- while a good nail,heavy needle, or thorn are excellent(and sometimes preferred), some clay tools are also great for carving candles. There are various metal tipped tools that are also cheap.}

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#25 Zombee

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Posted 07 July 2019 - 08:46 PM

What kind of candles do you prefer to use? Votive, stick, tea light? What kind of material? - For one-off spells I prefer 2-hour burn time, 4-inch bees wax "chime" candles as an affordable size for natural material; for long-term efforts a 7-day candle in glass & let it burn uninterrupted. For shrine "offertory candles" I like the convenience of 8-hour tea lights. I use white but have an unopened pack of black T-lights collecting dust ... .

Where do you get your candles? I stock up once a year on bulk supplies of T-lights on line from amazon & beeswax on-line from BlueKorn; & 7-day candles as needed from my local grocery store, ethnic foods section. Then there's rose or carnation scented T's or votives from Shorties Candles on-line for the joy of nose-candy when I need a treat. I'm a secret candle-holic.

Do you make or buy them? On-line purchase.
Where or what of? I went thru a candle making phase just for the experience & decided that was enough of that experience.

What do you do with your candle remains after a spell? - there's seldom anything left but if so, wrap remains in paper & put them in the trash. Wax & wick are fuel & the flame is the spell, IMO.

What if not for a spell? I put them in the trash.

How do you clean your candle holders? - Set the glass or brass holder in the freezer for 15-30 min & the wax pries off with a plastic orange peeler. Then wash with soap & warm water; hand towel dry.

How do clean up wax on altars, cloths, tools or holders? - use a handheld blow hair dryer to soften & wipe wax off hard surfaces with paper towel. Stick cloth in the freezer, as above.

How do you light your candles? Short matches, long? Lighters, wicks? - I often use book-stlyle incense-matches & will light the offertory candle from the incense-match. If no stinkies are desired I use a lighter. Any spell candles usually are lighted from the offertory candle.

Edited by Zombee, 20 July 2019 - 07:13 PM.

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#26 Watersiren

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 04:08 AM

This is such a fun discussion about candle use. Great to see and hear how others do it.

I also love Birthday cake candles for their size and utility in quick fix spells and small workings.

Love the beeswax type - but it isnt always practical and they tend to run on the costlier side.

Tealights and votives are great staples. I tend to use primarily white and dress and charge them with intent and purpose rather than having a number of coloured ones on hand.

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#27 Mona

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 12:27 PM

What kind of candles do you prefer to use? Votive, stick, tea light? What kind of material?
Where do you get your candles? Do you make or buy them? Where or what of?
What do you do with your candle remains after a spell? What if not for a spell?
How do you clean your candle holders? How do clean up wax on altars, cloths, tools or holders?
How do you light your candles? Short matches, long? Lighters, wicks?
 

I make my own of bees wax. Can make them smaller or bigger as wanted, and I can make them quick. They usually does not leave any ramains, just a bit of ash. I have metallic holders, what keeps warm for a while after candle finishes. It is easy to clean while it still warm. Loved the idea to put in freezer if missed warmth. :) Have lighted with matches, lighters, wicks...anything what can set fire. 


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#28 Mona

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 03:13 PM

Oh, forgot one more thing. Some times I'm using funeral candles, what has been placed beside coffin. This kind I'm using only for a real needs. There is a possibility to use one more than once. Not easy to get them of course so will keep even a bit of 2-3". 


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#29 Onyx

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 04:57 PM

Where do you get the funeral candles? I have a vision of you lurking around funerals waiting to pinch their candles. Wearing your trench coat with the large pockets.
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#30 Mona

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 06:44 PM

Yes, right, I have picked a few myself after ceremony, but I was dressed well :)) The rest I have got from Russia, people sent them to me as thanks.


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#31 Sagefire

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 08:24 PM

I have a neighbor who makes beeswax candles.  Not alot of color variety, but I love them.  For indoor use I like the pillar type, outside I use the little votives.  I found a smoke shop that sells these amazing foot long matchsticks in all different colors!  I would like to learn candle making.  Any suggestions on how to start?


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#32 phantasmagoria

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 05:20 AM

My relationship with candles is markedly odd, for a witch. Seems like most here (and most that I have met, and almost all advice given that I have been exposed to, recommends) discard unused wax. I do the exact opposite: I save every last piece, and make my own candles out of the remnants once my wax boiler is full. The way I see it, I am honoring the Earth by creating as little waste as possible, and the process/intent of creating new out of old "refreshes" the energy and makes the candles Truly Mine.

 

As far as new candles, I can't remember the last time I bought any. Between my homemade ones, and candles I manifest (I find a LOT of my materials along my path... people throw out all kinds of things, after yard sales and such, and I sweep them up), I rarely have a need for them.

 

I'm fairly nonceremonial, or "devil may care" about differentiating between normal candles and spell candles. Sometimes I'll carve words or symbols into a candle for an intent, or annoint, but, a candle is a candle until I decide to give it a job. As far as holders go, I seem to have but one taper holder, and it hasn't been properly cleaned in some time (but I have been meaning to!). So I suppose one could say I'm a bit ratchet about the whole thing, but, the spirits seem to approve of what I'm doing, because again, they've been keeping my candle supply going to my satisfaction ^_^

 

I also will light them with whatever. If I am finicky about anything, it's the thought I put into the lighting of the initial flame used to light the wick. Also not finicky about putting candles out and re-lighting them. Some would say that once the wick is black, it's done, but, I disagree. I have a lot of experience as a fire dancer, though, which involves using huge wicks that are lit, snuffed, and re-fueled and re-lit many, many times, so a black wick to me doesn't have the same negative connotation that I sense it does for others.


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#33 Onyx

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 08:40 PM

Phantasmagoria, you made me laugh "Devil may care" and "nonceremonial", I also been been there done that! I have made my own candles, out of parafin wax etc, but that was before I was a Witch. I don't make my own anymore, I just buy them now, which makes it necessary to make sure there are no other influences on the candles before I use them for my purposes.
Blessing and Dressing and putting in my intentions, make them mine.
You are correct that you can use your wax over again, the process of melting and remaking make them new things, and I believe clear of the old intentions.

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#34 woodwitchofthewest

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 01:14 AM

What kind of candles do you prefer to use? Votive, stick, tea light? What kind of material?

 

I prefer beeswax or soy wax candles.  I also love beeswax/bayberry candles, although bayberry wax is expensive and sometimes difficult to find.  I tend to cut it 50-50 with beeswax for better burning and less expense.  I mostly use tealights and votives, although I do make tapers for the holidays to use and to give away.  "This bayberry candle  comes from a friend, on Solstice Eve, burn it down to the end...."

 

Where do you get your candles? Do you make or buy them? Where or what of?

 

We have bees, so we have beeswax.  I buy the bayberry wax, though.  I tend to make my own when I have time, but I also keep commercial chime candles in various colors on hand as well.  

 

What do you do with your candle remains after a spell? What if not for a spell?

 

If there is a puddle of wax left, I may incorporate it into a new candle.  If it's all burned up, I will throw away anything that can't be reused.  If the candle was a tealight, the tealight container is generally reusable. 

 

How do you clean your candle holders? How do clean up wax on altars, cloths, tools or holders?

 

I use a knife to shave off or pry away drippings.  Then I run very hot water over the candle holder, finishing up with a paper towel wipe.  That usually gets most of the wax off.  I try not to get wax on cloths by setting something under the candle holder if it's likely to drip.  

 

How do you light your candles? Short matches, long? Lighters, wicks?

 

Matches are my fav, but I have been known to use a butane lighter in a pinch.  I put them out by blowing or by using a special candle snuffer I keep with my tools.  


Edited by woodwitchofthewest, 16 November 2019 - 04:36 PM.

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#35 woodwitchofthewest

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 01:18 AM

My relationship with candles is markedly odd, for a witch. Seems like most here (and most that I have met, and almost all advice given that I have been exposed to, recommends) discard unused wax. I do the exact opposite: I save every last piece, and make my own candles out of the remnants once my wax boiler is full. The way I see it, I am honoring the Earth by creating as little waste as possible, and the process/intent of creating new out of old "refreshes" the energy and makes the candles Truly Mine.

 

Same here!  

 

 

I'm fairly nonceremonial, or "devil may care" about differentiating between normal candles and spell candles. Sometimes I'll carve words or symbols into a candle for an intent, or annoint, but, a candle is a candle until I decide to give it a job. 

 

Again, same here!  Maybe we aren't as odd as we think!  lol

 

 


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#36 Onyx

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 06:12 PM

One little tip for removing wax from your candle holders. Put them in the freezer for a while and then the wax should pop right out. I have broken so many candle holders by digging out the wax with a knife.
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