Advantages A nice idea
Disadvantages Too greasy, shaping the wax is unpleasant and
This candle making kit from Yellow Moon was a birthday present received by Alice in March, she's very into crafty projects so I was surprised to find it months later unused in a cupboard. After a brief inspection I saw a couple of slabs of the wax had in fact been used, but she'd never presented me with a candle so I wondered what the problem was. After asking her she said it was just boring and wouldn't use it, I've always loved candles so decided to have a go myself.
To start moulding the wax you need to first warm the slab. The instruction sheet recommends doing this between your hands but unless you have hands with the heat of a gas cooker you've no chance. The wax just breaks and shatters as you try to knead it, I found the only way I could make it malleable enough was to hold the slab of wax a few inches above the flame on the hob and keep testing that the wax was getting so hot it started melting. Considering this kit is suitable for children aged five years and above, this isn't ideal.After you've softened the wax it's time to sculpt it into something arty looking. The problem being that really you need to be arty in the first place to do this; the soft wax has a horrible greasy feeling that makes the lump slip around in your hands, this in turn makes it hard to make into anything resembling a candle shape. You're encouraged in the instruction sheet to use two or more colours together to make larger candles than you'd make using just one slab of wax, this is easier said than done as the different colours just won't stick to each other unless you spend hours painstakingly pressing the edges together and reheating the wax when it starts to harden. You do need to really use two or three slabs to model a decent sized candle anyway, one slab makes a candle roughly three times the height of a (pretty thin) tealight - three makes something you can actually see without squinting, and five slabs will give you something resembling a pillar candle.
The lengths of wick provided are designed to be cut down to size, there aren't really enough of them and because of their flimsy nature they're almost impossible to push through the candle after you've shaped it. They'd be better with a metal end, or at least a reinforced waxy section; in the instuctions you're told to make the candle then push the wick all the way through, which is fine for the first inch but then the wick just starts bending up on itself.
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