Tag: Soy candle

Silver RavenWolf Expands Candle Line now pouring Tin Container Candles

luckyblackcat3Use Coupon Code: Iwintoday through the 30 April for a 15% discount on our new tin container candle line.

I have been pouring candles since 2000 – approximately 18 years ago!  I began working with paraffin, and then decided to move on to a more environmentally friendly formula for my magickal lights – soy!  I chose to work with soy wax because the beans are grown in the United States, provide a healthier, cleaner burn, and are a sustainable source.  To me, in magick, the plant-base adds extra oomph to the candle enchantment, providing a more natural vehicle to absorb your intent.

uncrossingcandleOver the years, soy wax products offered by suppliers have changed.  Each time an adjustment is made to a formula, the candle maker finds that they, too, must make changes to their own recipes to ensure a quality product.  These adjustments can include choosing a different wick-type, finding a better container selection, and re-measuring the load of essentials or fragrances to match the new soy.  Many hours go into designing a better product for the enjoyment and satisfaction of the consumer.  To me, there is something special about creating an item (whether it is a candle, a poppet, a quilt, or enchanted animal image) in a quiet, spiritual atmosphere that someone will use, infusing that object with their intent that is ultimately focused for a better life.

Although I continued to create tea candles, I stopped pouring container candles about 2 years ago because the suppliers of soy changed their formula.  At the time, I let the process easily go as shipping the glass containers was expensive for myself and the consumer.  Breakage, though not too common, occurred creating product and monetary loss that I had no way to recoup.  I decided to shelve the containers until I could properly experiment with the new wax blend and a different container choice.

containerluckystar1After several months of experimentation, I am delighted to announce that I’ve developed a container candle style that meets both practical and magickal needs.  I decided on a tin container — easily portable, less likely to damage in shipping (or in your backpack out in the woods), and you can use the lid both for safety (covering the candle after you have just put it out) and as a small offering dish in your candle magicks.   I wrap the containers with natural fiber that can be easily removed and used for cord and knot work.  Currently, I offer the 6-ounce container size — which actually holds about 5 ounces of soy wax, giving a nice 18 to 22 hour burn time.  This means you can use the candle on multiple days for timing purposes (3, 5, 7, or 9 day spells).  I also like to work with this style in combination with my tea candles, where I can place the container candle as a focus on my altar, and then surround the tin with a different tea candle choice.  For example, ringing the Crown of Success container candle with 7 Lucky Stars tea candles for super success and ease of attainment.

In the photo above, I used the lid for an herbal offering that will be placed in a conjuring bag after the candle has completely burned.  The lid can also be filled with a small amount of scented or salt water.  You might also wish to fill the lid with sand, and burn an incense cone (just be sure the surface underneath is fire retardant as the lid would get hot — the incense may also damage the lid).  As I mentioned earlier, the candle is wrapped with natural fiber that you can use in cord and knot magick, or tie the two ends together to make a simple, small circle of demarcation on the forest floor.  The label pops off easily so that you can keep the tin container for storage or other spellwork after the candle has burned.  In all — the tin container is extremely useful and can be recycled if you so desire.

The Crown of Success Herbal Formula above contains:  Mandarin orange peels, patchouli, sassafras, peppermint, bits of vanilla bean, and sunflower petals should you like to create this herbal blend.  Bless the mixture at sunrise on a Sunday or when the Moon is in Leo in a Sun hour, or on a Leo New Moon.

Soy container candles do burn differently than their paraffin sisters.  To experience the best burn for your money, try the candle-care ideas listed below when using most soy container candles (be sure to follow directions of the manufacturer if you have not purchased the candles from our store as their guidelines may differ).

Soy Candle Burning Ideas

Before lighting flame to wick, do a safety check.  Wick should be trimmed to ¼ inch to ensure a good, steady burn.  Make sure the candle placement is on a heat resistant surface, is away from children and pets, and is not near curtains or other flammables. Our all cotton wicks produce 95% less soot if candle is burned according to instructions. However, any candle is a hazard to life and property.  Do not expose lit candle to drafts, which can corrupt the level and safety of the burn.

Ready to burn your candle?  Will you be near it for the next two hours?  Soy is unusual!  The wax has a “memory,” which means that the first time you burn it, the melt pool (the hot wax around the wick that turns to liquid) has to reach the edge of the container.  The top of the candle will be entirely liquid.  This process takes about 2 to 2 and a half hours.  If you don’t let this melt pool form and put the candle out too soon, it will “tunnel” down the center of the container the next time you burn it.  Tunneling destroys scent throw and cuts hours of burn time off your candle.

To prevent the soy candle from producing black soot, always trim the wick to 1/4″ before lighting your candle.  Cutting the wick also helps to control the wick burn so that the flame doesn’t get too high.

Always burn your candle on a level, heat resistant surface.  If the wick begins to have a large flame or starts to smoke (drafts and other issues can cause this is any soy candle) extinguish the flame, wait until it cools, cut wick, and then re-light.  Now and then the wick might slip (especially if you tied to pick up the candle while lit, which is not recommended).  If this occurs, once the flame is extinguished, gently push the wick to the center using a bamboo skewer, fork or other that can be easily cleaned.  Do not put your fingers in the hot wax!

Keep herbals away from flame!  Many of our candles contain dried herbals because the candle formula is designed to create a single “pattern” of energy that you can use any way you desire.  The herbals are part of the pattern.  However, as the candle burns, these bits of material may slip close to the wick.  To avoid fire (your candle burning out of control), push herbals back from the wick using a bamboo skewer, fork, etc.  Do not use your fingers!  Monitor burning candle at all times to avoid fire hazard.

Tin Container Candle Burn Time is approximately 18 to 21 hours, depending upon conditions and fragrance load.  Burn candle in four (2 to 3) hour increments for extended candle life.  Remember to trim wick before re-lighting.

wisdomtincandleThe cotton wicks I use are sold as self-trimming, which means they are made to curl when burning.  The point of this type of wick is to produce lower soot.  While burning your tin container candle, a carbon mushroom may appear at the top of the wick.  This tiny ball of unburned carbon may produce a larger flame.  If this happens to your candle, extinguish the flame.  Let the candle cool.  Trim wick.  Relight.
Nose Blindness occurs when you have been experiencing a fragrance for an extended period – making you think the candle no longer adds the aroma to the room.  You can clear your olfactory sense by extinguishing the candle and leaving the room for approximately ten minutes.  I could tell you to leave the room for ten minutes without extinguishing the candle, but then I would be instructing you to do something the safety instructions tell you not to do – do not leave a burning candle unattended.  A friend of mine (who blew up her kitchen with a burning candle) would agree with me.  Certain aromas that create nose blindness on their own – particularly Patchouli.  Ever been around a stranger in public and they reek of patchouli as they sail by?  Or been to a show and the lady beside you has become so potent with the aroma that you are forced to scrabble outta there as quickly as possible?  Those unfortunate souls have probably become nose blind to the fragrance and just keep pouring it on because they can’t smell it!

Soy wax is bio-degradable; however, just like coconut oil –never pour wax down your sink drain, it will most likely clog.  Again, I had a friend who did this?  She had to get all new plumbing in her kitchen.  Don’t go there.  (And yes, this was a different friend, lol.)  Once your candle has finished burning, you can clean the cups or tins with hot, soapy water.  Pour this water outside (not down the drain).  Rinse with clear water.
Summer Care:  Soy is a naturally soft wax which reacts to weather conditions, particularly to heat above 115 degrees (roughly).  Don’t let your soy container or tea candles sit in direct sunlight or in an enclosed area such as a car, box that sits in the direct sunlight, or in an outdoor locker (particularly in areas where the temps are high).  Should they liquify?  No worries as long as you don’t tip them.  Set them in a cooler area to solidify.  You can even pop your soy candles in the fridge!  Just don’t let anyone eat them!

Disclaimer information for soy candles:  (Ya know we gotta have this info.)  My candles are NOT body safe.  Please do not apply the hot wax to your skin.  Do not EVER drink liquid candle wax.  Do not place hot or cold wax on fingers, or near sensitive parts of the body. Do not boil my candles.  Do not put candles in microwave.  Do not eat my candles.  This soy is not edible.  DO have a marvelous aromatic experience!

I do hope you enjoy our new line of container candles!  Much love and joy to you!  Visit me at https://www.whispermagick.com
With Joy!

Magickal Tips for Holiday Candle Decorating & Wax Melt Making

Dress Up Your Store Bought Candles!

Magickal Tips for Holiday Candle Decorating & Wax Melt Making
by Silver RavenWolf

When I think of candles and wax melts my first thought is always — Comfort!  Those alluring scents, the glow of the flame or wax burner in a dim room…sigh!  Cozy!  Magickal!  Inspiring!

Maybe you want to make candles and wax melts this year for magickal friends and family, or perhaps you would like to decorate store bought ones.  Here are a few tips and tricks that are easy on the budget and filled with super enchantment!

Store Bought Candles
You can add that special magickal touch to any purchased candle.  Those shown in the picture are from the dollar store.  You can individualize the candle for a specific person by choosing their favorite scent, color, and their needs in mind.  On these candles I added ribbon from my craft stash, printed one of my designs off of my computer, and used a handy Xron machine to affix the image to the glass candle (you can also use regular glue).  Mix a bit of favorite herb powder with glitter and sprinkle on top of the candle.  Add a conjuring bag filled with magickal goodies.  Want a sweet prosperity candle?  Choose a sugary food scent, glue gold candy wrappers to the outside of the candle and add a decoration or red ribbon and peppermint candies or candy canes.  Empower the candle for prosperity manifestation, or simply fashion your chant around the concept of good fortune.  Add a little note to the candle telling the person that it was designed especially for them, and if you threw in a specific need, let them know the intent.  One of the nicest gifts I ever received came from a circle member who empowered a candle for me and tied a small vial of magickal oil around the candle.  The little paper that came with it said, “Use when you are truly in need.”

The photos below show soy candles that I poured in simple tins, then decorated the lids with my button designs.

Bayberry Candle with my CrossroadsCrow design.

To make the tins more unique, I added embellishment buttons around the lid edge.

Create a card to go with your candle gift that states the intent of your working.

For the Magickal Candle Maker! — Try Wax Melts

If you have the time, but not a whole lot of money (or you’d like to do something that’s fun and new) you might try your hand at making soy wax melts.  I chose soy here because most blends these days are a one-pour project and clean up is very easy, particularly if you are a busy person.  Since wax melts don’t require the testing of wick sizes, color or fragrance amount (which can impede burn on a candle if not done properly) chances of screwing up, money lost and dashing out for a gift at the last minute because your project bombed are extremely minimal.   Read the soy package instructions carefully, follow the product’s directions, and you are good to go.  If you have all the supplies you need for your wax melts, it will probably take you less than an hour to produce several highly fragrant, lovely melts.  As soy is non-toxic and plant based, wax melts are project-safe for the supervised family.  Slap on the holiday music, fire up the double boiler (some soys are even microwaveable) and you’ve got a great way to keep everyone occupied for an hour or two.  Clean-up is easy as most soy messes (read the label of your product) can be washed away with warm soap and water.

Soy Wax Melt Supplies

As with the store bought candles, you can add a variety of herbals, and they don’t have to be powdered because they won’t impede the burn.  Excellent choices for holiday melts include cinnamon chips, allspice, & cloves, or you can experiment with resins, such as Dragon’s Blood (more power), Frankincense (High Spiritual Vibrations), and Myrrh (the universal blender).  Rule of thumb, if you don’t know your herbs (what is toxic and what is not) — only choose food grade herbals for your wax melts.

Crystal, Frankincense & Myrrh in wax melting pot -- Start the magick right from scratch!

To keep your melts from clouding (which can happen with soy) warm the molds first (not too hot, just warm) and be sure your molds are super clean before you start.  Choosing wax melts gives you a wide variety of molds.  I’ve used candy molds, cake molds, and soap molds to choose the right size or shape for my intent.  The pictures below show melts made with two cake/candy molds.  Can’t find the right size molds — everything seem too big?  Break-away styles (where the wax is poured into plastic clam shells or designer bricks) are popular.  Just add instructions that your design can be easily broken and the pieces placed in the warmer in the gift giving box or bag, and be sure to add that the warmer can be cleaned easily by popping the tray or dish into the freezer for a few minutes.  Melts slip right out — no fuss, no muss.

Dragon's Blood Wax Melts made with Cinnamon, Dragon's Blood Resin & Scent

By actually making the melts yourself you can empower the wax to your desire during the melting process… when you add the color, fragrance, and when you load the melts with your chosen herbal.  You can also add items in the melting pot that won’t go in the finished product.  For example, I have a crystal I always place in the pot to encourage the brew to have more power.  I also stir my wax mixtures with a special, copper rod.

Electric Warmers Promote a Smokless Environment creating a long lasting aroma.

If you want the herbals to ride the top of the wax melt, you can add them to the mold first, though this may give you air bubbles (just so you know).  You can also pour about 1/4 inch of wax into the mold, then quickly add your herbals. Some magickal folks also add bits of gem pieces. Allow wax to set a few minutes, and continue pouring.  Be sure you do a test pour to determine if your soy is really one pour (just because the package says it is isn’t necessarily the case) or will require a second pour to prevent center sinking.  Again, with wax melts, the sinking isn’t that big of a deal, but a smooth backed product does look more professional.

Wax melt shapes add to the magick -- these egg shapes with hearts scented and loaded with frankincense and myrrh are a visually appealing gift.

If you are giving wax melts as a gift, be sure that the recipient has a wax or tart melter.  Made of ceramic, glass, or metal — you can find inexpensive, tasteful designs to give along with those special bits of magick!  Wax melts are a perfect choice for spiritual workers such as healers, reiki practitioners, card readers, astrologers, as they can let the melts scent the working area for several hours allowing the enchantment and the aroma to continually fill the room.  They are perfect for busy families, particularly if you use an electric warmer, because they are smokeless and give comfort for long periods of time.  Its amazing just how much holiday cheer you can zap into a room with a simple, little wax melt!

Thank you so much for reading this article.  Please feel free to add your comments and suggestions — we are definitely a magickal village!

Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature
Peace Within!
So be it.