Category: Candles

Dec 05

Learn How To Keep Hanukkah Candles From Tipping Over

How To Keep Hanukkah Candles From Tipping Over (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Enjoy the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah with peace of mind, knowing that the flickering candles in your menorah will stay put! You will need:

Foil
Menorah
Lighter or match
Candles

Even when they are secured, candles can be a fire hazard. Never leave lit candles unattended.

Step 1: Place the sheet of foil under your menorah to catch any wax that may drip. You can reuse the foil for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah.

Step 2: Use a match or lighter to light a spare candle that you won’t need to use in the Hanukkah ceremony. This is a good way to make use of any candles in the box that are cracked or malformed.

Step 3: Hold the lit end of the candle over the first branch of the menorah, tilt it, and allow a few drops of wax to drip into it.

Step 4: Place the first candle into the holder, twisting it slightly while applying gentle pressure to secure it in the melted wax.

Step 5: Repeat the procedure with the other candles — one for each night of Hanukkah that has passed as well as the current night. Don’t secure the Shamus, or helper candle, until you are finished using it to light the other candles during the ceremony.

Step 6: Light the menorah after saying the traditional Hanukkah prayers to celebrate the Festival of Light. The wax will harden around the candles to keep them in place.

Did you know? For the entire 8 days of Hanukkah it is forbidden to fast or to eulogize!

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Nov 09

Learn How To Make Candles

Learn How To Make Candles (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Smaller and squattier than ordinary candles, votives are personal-sized creations, perfect for private worship—or for perking up your patio, picnic, or poolside party. You will need:

A fire extinguisher or baking soda
At least 1 lb. of candle wax
A stove top or hot plate
A double boiler set up with lid
A candle or candy thermometer
A clear counter top or work area
Some wax paper or newspaper
Candle wicks with metal tabs
A spatula
Votive molds or paper cups
A toothpick
And a small knife or piece of cloth
Candle colorant
Candle fragrance

Keep flammable items away from the stove. Never leave melting wax unattended and never use direct heat to melt it. If the wax catches fire, do NOT try to douse it with water—use a fire extinguisher, baking soda, or, for a fire contained in a pot, cover it with the pot lid.

Step 1: Prepare your workspace by covering it with wax paper or newspaper to make cleanup easier.

Step 2: Place the wax into the double boiler setup and heat to between 150 and 200 degrees, depending on manufacturer’s instructions. Use the thermometer to check the temperature frequently. Don’t let it exceed 250 degrees or the vapors could become flammable. One pound of wax will make about 5 small votive candles.

Step 3: Affix the metal tab of a new wick to the bottom of each container using a dab of melted wax. Make sure the wick is centered and standing up straight. Don’t use wick putty for votive candles—it makes the finished candles very difficult to remove from the molds.

Step 4: When the wax has reached its proper temperature and is fully melted, remove it from the heat, turn off the stove, and stir. If you want to add color or fragrance, mix in the additives according to the package directions just before removing the wax from the heat.

Step 5: Pour wax into each mold until it’s half an inch below the rim, saving about a cup of wax for later use.

Step 6: Put the molds aside to cool, keeping them away from any drafts or flammable objects. And don’t refrigerate them—the wax should cool slowly.

Step 7: Once the top has cooled and a skin has formed, usually about 30 minutes to an hour later, use a toothpick to poke a few deep holes near each wick to help prevent air pockets from forming.

Step 8: As the temperature drops, the wax at the center of the candle tends to sink and form a well. Reheat the wax you saved and add it to the mold until the well is filled. You may need to do this several times, but only fill the well, don’t over-pour. If fresh wax seeps down the sides of the mold, the candle will be harder to remove later.

Step 9: After the candles have sat for several hours and cooled completely, turn the molds over and tap the bottoms until the candles slide free. If you used paper cup molds, simply peel them away.

Step 10: Trim the wicks to about a quarter of an inch and that’s it—your votives are ready for action!

Did you know? Votives—which take their name from the Latin word vovere, “to vow” are often used in religious ceremonies.

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