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We have no specific date to which we can place the first known candles in human history. Archaeologists have found clay candle holders in the region of Ancient Egypt that date to the fourth century BCE, however, implying that they‚d been around for quite a while before then.

In the Far East early candles were made with insect and seed wax that was shaped by paper tubes. In India the oil from cinnamon boiled at the temples became the basis for candles. Native Americans used an oily fish (named the candlefish) attached to a stick for light, and the Pilgrims used bayberry wax (Fact: it took nearly two quarts of berries to create one candle). Of course there were animal fat candles and beeswax too, the first was very smelly and the second rather costly for most common folk. So, when paraffin was invented in the 1800s, it was a welcome addition to candle crafting and quickly became popular.
Cool Facts:
‚ Candlepower measures the amount of light produced by a burning spermaceti candle (1/6 pound).

‚ In 2001 candle sales in the United States alone totaled over two billion dollars worth, most of those sales (96%) being made to women.

Candles are a fun craft for people of all ages. Personally, I think rolled candles are the easiest and most quickly completed.

So, if you‚re thinking of a project for a few hours, go with rolled candles over dipped. If you want an all day project, try dipped candles instead.
It is possible to make your own wax sheets for rolling from ends and pieces of old candles slowly poured onto waxed paper. However, it takes a really fine hand to make sure the layer created is relatively even. So, rather than go through that process, I‚d suggest buying beeswax sheets at the local craft store along with an allotment of wick.

To begin, prepare your surface with some newspaper. Also get out a hairdryer, knife, ruler and scissors. Start by deciding how high you want the rolled candle to be when done. Trim the rectangle of wax to the size desired. Likewise trim a piece of wick that’s about 1‚ longer than the candle itself (you can trim it down later).

The hair dryer is a way to make the wax easier to work ‚ warm it up and when it’s softer lay the length of wick on one edge of the wax. Begin rolling using the ruler at the bottom of the candle to insure it’s even, and so you can regularly check the diameter of the finished candle. When it’s thick enough, cut off excess wax and secure the final seam using a hair dryer and a flat surface run gently along the edge to press it (note if you push too hard you‚ll flatten the candle so if you want to make a square candle, push down a bit on each side as you are rolling.

You can also roll a purchased candle inside the beeswax sheets for a unique look such as the one pictured here.

Note you can use several colors of wax in thicker rolled candles, and taper the edges for unique top designs. You can also add a little essential oil during the rolling process for scented candles. When finished, be sure to wrap your candles in wax paper and keep them in a cool, dark place for longevity.


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