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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.  

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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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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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On 11/16/2019 at 12:12 PM, Onyx said:

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.

What a great idea! Getting wax off of my candle holders has been such a pain, I cant wait to try this out. 

(Im not too familiar with how forums work yet, so if this post is too old to be replying to, I apologize). 

 

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Glad you liked my tip, it makes cleanup a lot easier!

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