Holland Park Garden Centre, 2010
Hamilton, Ontario Garage Sale, 2007 (fruit not included)
I have what some people would refer to as an unhealthy relationship with bowls. I mean, those people are idiots, but I understand their concern. I don’t wanna kiss bowls or anything … it’s isn’t *that* kind of unhealthy relationship; I just LOVE them. They’re my decorative crutch. Don’t know what to put on the coffee table? Stick a bowl on it. Dining room table drab? Probably needs a bowl. Kitchen needs a bit of personality? Bowl. Looking for a cutting edge haircut? Bowl.
I have the same curious relationship with candles. I love them. A lot. Sometimes I *do* kiss my candles. There isn’t a single night all year long that I don’t have candles burning. Either on the fireplace mantle, or on the dining room table during dinner, or scented candles in the kitchen.
It all goes back to when I was 4 years old and my mother bought me a pillar birthday candle that had age markings on the side. 1 year at the top, all the way down to 13 years at the bottom. Every birthday I got to burn my candle down a full year. To this day I remember that candle. I do not remember a single present I got from the age of 4 – 17.
I do remember what I got for my birthday when I was 17. It was a Royal Doulton figurine called “Sweet 17″. I wanted bondage pants. You can see why I’d remember this particular gift.
I love bowls and I love candles. It was only a matter of time before I realized I could stick the two together and create something I loved even more. Candles that float in bowls. It’s my version of dropping a bar of chocolate into a jar of peanut butter.
I realize a floating candle isn’t exactly revolutionary, but the fact that you can make them out of candles you might already own is.
HOW TO MAKE A FLOATING CANDLE
Get a standard candle in a rounded glass holder.
This one was $1 and it’s coconut scented.
I have several in my cupboard. I seem to collect these types of candles for some reason. I have a ton of them.
If you ignore the glass surrounding the candle you can see the candle is the perfect shape for a floating candle.
It’s very wide and flat across the top and narrower and rounded on the bottom.
But what to do about getting it out of that pesky glass container?
Heat some water in a pot on the stove.
Once it barely starts to simmer, remove the pot from the stove.
Drop your candle into the pot of hot water.
Well … place would probably be a better word. Place your candle in the pot of hot water.
Make sure the water is up to the wax line on the candle.
The hot water will quickly start to melt the wax.
Once the wax is melted enough to shrink the candle a bit, tip the candle out with your finger.
Carefully grab it with both fingers and pull it out of the top of the candleholder.
If it doesn’t fit, put it back and rest the candle in the pot of hot water again to melt it a bit more.
Be gentle when you pull it out so you don’t muck the candle up too much.
It will be soft and impressionable.
Now you have to seal the bottom of the candle so water can’t get into it.
Just tip some of the melted wax onto the underside of the candle.
Let it cool and seal.
The candle is now ready to float!
Candles this size will stay lit for a few hours.
And yes. That is another bowl. Homesense, 2009.
Something that isn’t necessary, but helps with your floating candle is a wick that has a metal wire in it.
It helps support the wick and keeps it from flopping over and extinguishing the flame.
Tomorrow watch for Part II of floating candles! I know. The excitement never stops. But honestly … to me this is exciting. What with the bowls and the candles melding together to become the perfect tabletop accessory. Who wouldn’t get excited?!
We’re saving money, repurposing stuff AND SETTING THINGS ON FIRE! Oh my God, I think I need to take a Valium.
Which is pretty much how I felt many, many years ago … when I got this,
Instead of these,
Yet again … I feel the need to take a Valium.