Thursday 28 January 2021

Making Candles and Celebrating Things That Are Wonky

Here's a post from my Jane Mortimer about making your own candles, and about how it is okay if they turn out a bit wonky. 

I've been making candles recently to compliment crystals I use for spells and meditations, and I've started with blue lace agate and rose quartz.  All I can say is, it's always disappointing when something we try to make goes wrong, but it's a lot worse if we keep trying and it keeps on going wrong! I made quite large batches of candles - some in rigid plastic moulds and some in rubber moulds. The colours were perfect, though my computer's interpretation might look a bit iffy, but every single candle came out of the plastic moulds with dents in the sides, despite being poured in stages, and every twisty candle came out with a red tinge from where I'd previously used the rubber moulds to make red candles.  

After my initial disappointment, I took stock of things and realised they still had a lot going for them.  The colours were a perfect match for the crystals (apart from the stained bits), the recycled wax I used smells gorgeous, even without perfume added, and they burn perfectly well. Every candle was made with love and intent, and every one is fit for purpose, even the one I dropped and broke - but the wick's holding it together.

When we shop in Aldi's, I always head for the wonky grapes, oranges and apples. They look and taste just as good as the so-called 'standard' fruit, but won't get chucked out and left to rot if they aren't wanted. I'm learning to love my misshapen candles.  They're unique - no two are alike. Wonky's just fine - and you can see them in the photo.

It's a timely post as next week is Candlemas, when it was traditional to get candles blessed. I also think it is a good time of year to have a go at making them yourself and agree that wonkiness doesn't matter. 

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