|Looking like a flower with glowing stamen|
While not mentioned here, my Facebook friends were subjected to my lamenting about my house woes, both with my roof (which was heavily damaged last year in one hellish Michigan winter storm) and a week after THAT was done, my furnace decided to die. (Gee, it was only 25 years old, go figure). In the process of trying to keep the chill out of the air without running electric heaters all of the time, I decided to try
my hand at making some candles. What I learned from this was that; one: it is a whole lot of work! and two: Candles can be very beautiful just in the very simple act of melting. It took me all one morning and most of the afternoon to make four small candles and two large pillar candles with salvaged wax, so I had to add some color with melted crayons, which actually worked pretty well.
After the candle had sufficiently cooled for a day, I lit the wick and watched the magic happen. Over the course of about six hours, I watched the purple wax slowly melt down across the plate into gentle folds and swirls. If I had tried to plan out what it would look like, I could have never did a better job! I was so enamored of the creative flow that gravity and warmth took, I ended up keeping it as a work of art, from having the appearance of a delicate flower, then to a castle down into flowing lava with the center all aglow. I am not sure how long it will endure, but for now it sits atop a mirrored surface on my bedroom dresser. Please enjoy the photos.