Hot Tips for Extending Your Life and the Life of Your Candle
Extend Your Life
NEVER leave your candle unattended. They get lonely and angry. You don't want to see a candle angry. They are known to burn houses down.
ALWAYS burn your candle on a heatproof surface, away from annoyances such as breezes (can cause uneven burning), pets, small children, curtains, grand tapestries and other dangle-ey, burn-ey flammable things.
NEVER burn your candle for longer than 3-4 hours at a time. Glass containers, although tempered, can potentially become hotter than Lucifer's nether-regions. Also, sticking to these burn times will extend the overall life of your candle.
EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR CANDLE
SNIP THE TIP. Trim the wick by pinching off the excess charcoal before each burn. This will ensure a nice healthy crackling flame every time!
If you find the flame is looking a bit low, try blowing out the candle, fanning the wick until it's cool enough to touch and do a little bit of a mid-burn trim. Relight immediately. Voila.
FOR ALL TINS AND GLASS CONTAINER CANDLES
Each burn MUST reach the edges of the container. Wax has a "memory" and will only burn as far as you allowed it to previously. Premature 'blow outs' lead to tunneling and precious wax wastage. So relax and give that baby time to reach its full melt pool.
FOR SKULL HEAD PILLAR CANDLES
Rounded candles WILL drip. Skull shaped candles will drip too - Once you burn down to it's eyes, it will definitely drip. However, you can ensure you have a very low maintenance, low drip eye-glowy, long lasting scented candle until that time. Be sure to BURN YOUR SKULLS ON A DISH.
THE FIRST BURN IS EVERYTHING. Make sure you leave yourself enough time to keep a close eye on your new friend when you light him/her/them. Chill out. Get to know one another. You've got time.
When you light it, you'll notice a pool of wax forming. Eventually, it will spill over. This is okay. Don't panic. Watch where the wax lands on your candle dish. The next steps are crucial, so I'll give them numbers.
1. Gently blow out your candle.
2. Use the back of a spoon or another easily handled apparatus (a coin, the bones of your ancestors) to push the escaping wax gently back up the side of the candle to the site of the breach.
3. Hold the wax there for a few moments until it re-hardens and fills the breach.
4. BEFORE THE WAX POOL RE-SOLIDIFIES, snip that tip back to 1/4 inch and relight the candle.
5. Continue this process until the skull looks like they've had their brains scooped out. The top of your skull should have a lovely little bowl-like effect. As stated in the container candle section, wax has a "memory"and will only burn as far as you allowed it to previously. The rest is up to you.