Sometime in 2001 or 2002 I was doing computer repair service in Kingwood, Texas – which is part of Houston. The day started out typical enough, I got the work orders from the dispatcher and went on my way. One house that I was to visit changed my life forever. I knocked on the front door and this nice looking lady, maybe in her mid 30s answered. As soon as we went into the house I noticed the smell of candles and oils. The dining room table was covered with all kinds of supplies for making lotions, candles and other arts and crafts stuff.
The computer was fixed in no time, so I had a litle extra time before my next appointment – so I asked about the stuff the lady was making. She showed my a wide assortment of candles, oils, lotions,,, stuff that she made at home in her kitchen. I thought my girl friend might like a candle, so I bought one from her.
A few weeks later I went back and bought some more candles and a couple of bottles of lotion. The lady told me that her and her husband were moving to another town several hundred miles away, so no more candles. Well then, its time to start making our own candles.
Lets fast forward to December 20th, 2009, that is when Kristy made her most recent batch of candles.
Lets go over some candle making tips:
Do not use jars with thin glass
Do not use jars where the wick is close to the glass
Use hot glue to glue the wicks into the jars
Use popsicle sticks to hold the wicks in place until the wax dries
Do not use cheap wax
Do not use cheap wicks – Sometimes you get what you pay for, and cheap wax and wicks may not burn as good as the more expensive stuff.
The wax will shrink a little bit as it cools
If you use liquid dye, be careful with it. If you spill the liquid dye, it will stain anything it touches – this includes your floor or cabinets.