Basically, candles are specifically made to provide light when there is darkness. In countryside areas where electricity is not available, it has been very helpful to light a room. While in the city, it has been used in a romantic scene and that is when having meals with your loved one. And then there are also individuals who is using it to change the ambience of the room. Some of them lit scented candles as a way to relax their minds. Lastly, others just have the habit of collecting candles and keep these for years.
As a candle collector, you must have been busy buying or accepting such candles from various countries and manufacturers. I won’t be surprised if you had been to different places and meet chandlers. I supposed it is usual for serious collectors to do that. It is true that you may not want to intentionally light this candle since you’re collecting it. But I guess, you have your means in choosing the candle that you would like to collect.
Do you know that a candle collector will not just keep anything he wishes to? There are things that they consider. Some of these have something to do with the packaging, production, flame and how it was made. These are also the reasons why producers in Australia as well as other countries are careful when producing candles for different types of consumers.
Candles are supposed to produce flames, right? Whether it is for your collection or lighting purposes, it still needs to have the capability for flame to show up. When you lit this candle up, it usually melts down whatever raw material was used.
Now, as soon as the flame rises, the wick slowly evaporates. This wick is the heart and soul of the candle. Therefore, this is a very important part. That’s the magic that this candle has and consumers find it amazing.
What consumers are looking at is this flame? How much light will it produce? And then, how long will it last? The stronger the flame is and the longer it melts, the more consumers would buy it.
Beeswax and Stearin
Are you aware that there are about 11 – 19 million kilograms of wax that are produced by bees in a year? But if you are going to the market, you will only find here about 5 million kilograms of beeswax. This is one of the ingredients used in making a good candle. Now, if there is not enough supply in the market, then how can they produce candles with good quality? Click here for further reading on beeswax and how it is compared to the paraffin wax.
Another ingredient used in producing a candle is the stearin. They pour this grease in the molder. This helps in preventing the burning candle from turning black. Because of this, you will notice that as the ingredients melt, you can still clearly see its color.
The Paraffin Wax
Today, most of the manufacturers are using the paraffin wax as their main ingredient because it has better quality. You should know that the wax plays a very important role in the ignition. For this reason, consumers had been trying to choose the one that has the best quality, which has something to do with the oleaginous oil.
The content is based on how refined the oil is. A paraffin wax with non-refined oil usually contain 5 – 15%. While the rate for a semi-refined oil is 0.5 – 5%, and the entirely refined has 0 – 0.5%. This wax may also differ in color due to its degree of refinement. It could be white or dark yellow.
How can you lit a candle without a wick? When there is no wick at all, then you will just melt it as you set fire on it, right? Most of the time, the wick is made of cotton material. They braid it and place it in the middle of the moulder. By the way, if you are interested to make your own wicks at home, then you may follow the steps at https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Candle-Wicks.
Producers and manufacturers are very careful in choosing the shape and size of the wick. It must be firm and must come with good threads. It must not be too thin or thick. If possible, it must just enough for the size and shape of the candle.