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Some may think that any container will work for any type of candle but this isn't true. Making sure your candle holders are designed properly and fit your candles is important for longer burning times and candle safety. When choosing candle holders it's best to pick ones that are made specifically for this purpose. Make sure your candle holders are sturdy and will not tip over. Also, be sure the candle holders are large enough to contain any and all melting wax from the candles. Remember, votive candles liquefy completely so simply placing the candles on a flat surface will result in hot wax running everywhere. To make sure your candles last as long as possible, make sure the candle holder is a snug fit. Votives should be burned in candles holders that are only slightly bigger than the candle. If the candle holder is too large the votive will spread out in a “pancake” effect when melting and most of you candle will be wasted.
Anyone who's had their candle wick buried in the hardened wax knows how frustrating it can be to try and dig it back out. Using the proper candle tools means you can save the wick and won't have to throw out that candle. Using a wick restoring tool, you can gently scoop out the wax surrounding the buried wick. Do this carefully; making a smooth and uniform space for the wax to pool into once the candle is lit. This tool can also be used to gently scoop out matches or other foreign debris that can get stuck in candles. These type of candle tools will lengthen your candle's life span and ensure it burns properly from start to finish.
The right candle holders can make a single candle stand out and a candle grouping become a magnificent centerpiece. Here's a couple of quick and easy ways to show off your candles. Nothing sets the mood like candle light on a darkened patio. To make your pillar candles stand out try using pillar hurricane candle holders that have been covered in brightly colored fabrics. Display these colorful candle holders either on the table or at various locations on your patio or deck. Just be sure to use precautions and keep flames away from flammables. For a really elegant touch try having tea light candles placed in decorative lantern style candle holders. These lanterns can come in a variety of sizes and usually have beautiful carvings or ornate patterns to catch the eye. Hang these from metal Sheppard's hooks throughout your lawn or to light a pathway.
When it comes time to extinguish your candle many people tend to blow out their flames. This is not the best practice as it can spray hot, liquefied wax that may cause burns and it can put your wicks off-center. Off-center wicks can be a serious safety hazard. In pillar candles an off-center wick can cause one side of the candle to melt all the way over the edge of the candle, spilling hot wax onto furniture or anything else nearby. Glass jar candles with off-centered wicks can cause one side of the glass to overheat and crack or shatter. The safest and easiest way to extinguish a candle is to use candle tools called snuffers. Candle snuffers look like small bells on the end of a long, thin handle. The “bell” portion swivels and can either be placed straight down into a deep candle holder or bent at a 90 degree angle for snuffing pillar candles. To snuff a candle flame properly, gently place the “bell” portion of the snuffer completely over the flame and just to the surface of the melted wax. Hold the snuffer there for a few seconds to give the flame a chance to burn the last of its oxygen and die out. Then gently lift the snuffer, being careful not to push the wick off-center.
Looking for a stunning wedding candle accessory? Try an intricate candelabrum as a centerpiece. With a variety of styles to choose from, you can find this type of wedding candle accessory to hold taper candles, votive candles or pillar candles. Once of these would look stunning on either the head table or with the the guest book. If you plan on having a single pillar candle as a unity candle be sure to choose the right wedding candle accessory to set it off. A raised pillar candle holder in either gold or silver will look much better than a pillar sitting on a table by itself. For unity candle sets, where there is a pillar candle flanked by two taper candles, the perfect wedding candle accessory is a candle holder which holds all three candles together in one unit.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|