Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Time For Candle Dipping

There are just certain activities around here that are seasonal. Candle dipping is one of them. I usually make them in the fall time, making enough for the long winter nights when candle light is most welcome to chase away the early darkness. I have been dipping beeswax candles for decades and never tire of watching the warm golden wax build up, dip after dip, filling the kitchen with the scent of warm honey. There was a time when I would scent the wax or color it but these days I just keep sticking to the natural look. I have a pot of pure New England bayberry wax with a bit of beeswax in it melting in a pot too, these candles will be saved for Christmas time. According to colonial folklore, burning a gifted bayberry candle down to the end on Christmas Eve will bring luck and good fortune for the following year. In fact there is a poem that has been passed down through the years. "A bayberry candle burned to the socket, will bring joy to the heart and gold to the pocket."
Here are a couple of past posts about dipping candles


Blogger Debi said...

Lovely picture.
How many candles do you usually make?
Yet another thing I would love to learn to do.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009  
Blogger novascotiagal said...

One of my memories of kindergarten was our fall Thanksgiving projects of making cranberry sauce and dipping beeswax candles in class. My tiny little yellowish candle is still in my memory box, from 43 years ago.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009  
Blogger Julze said...

I love making dipped candles. I did it with a group of homeschoolers 9-12 years old...what a MESS..LOL! We recycled large parafin candles. They had so much fun. I must dig out my block out beeswax and try making some more. :0)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009  
Blogger Semi-Organized Mom said...

I might just try this. I have tons of soap from a long ago soap making project. Thanks for sharing!

Thursday, October 22, 2009  
Blogger Joanie said...

What a lovely post...

I would definitely like to learn this art... Thank you for sharing the links and the bayberry poem. What a fun tradition I could start next year (this year is too full to add anything more)!

Abundant blessings...

Thursday, October 22, 2009  

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