Candles in the Wind . . .

My life is so darned interesting lately – I’m going forward and backward at the same time.

Some might call that “getting nowhere”, but I beg to differ. You should try it – it’s entertaining.

In the process of distilling my art life, I am purging and sorting, and exploring backwards to find what I want to bring forward.

It is interesting how much I once found interesting, that does not interest me now.

And how much does. And that is what I will share with you in one way or another. The stuff that does.

So, with this holiday coming up during which so many will share table space, I am bringing this idea back around. It’s a bit gothic, but extremely beautiful, and quite the conversation piece.

You start with a candelabra of some kind, and some taper candles that are NOT dripless.

Then you burn them in a gentle breeze for awhile.

Gentle breezes may be hard to come by at this time of year, so a fan will do. You don’t want to blow out the flames, so take it easy on the fan speed.

After a couple of hours, you will have some fine wax sculpture.

OBVIOUSLY, do not leave this work of art unattended.

I first made these for our garden themed gallery in Santa Fe in the 90′s, and I have to admit it was an accidental discovery. We had two open doors in that gallery, which created a lovely breeze most days. I was burning candles and this is what happened.

One of those unexpected gifts of Nature, so I will pay it forward.

Interestingly, that was the same gallery breeze that invented Sheer Heaven – because it blew the handmade paper luminaria shades around, and I thought they needed more substance. You never know where your thoughts will take you – forward or backward!

7 thoughts on “Candles in the Wind . . .

  1. Shauna

    This is lovely! I, too, like to go back and see what no longer interests me and also taking another look at things I may have temporarily forgotten but still hold an interest. The following isn’t an “art” project but the end result is a nice decor piece. I recently revisited a candle drip idea from the ’70s. I’m sure you all have seen them. You take a wine bottle- preferably the kind with the jute (or whatever that is) wrapping part way up the bottle, but any bottle will do. Then put a colored candle in and let it melt down the bottle. Put in another color and do the same, then another color, etc. It’s so pretty with all the colors organic drips down the bottle. Of course, use it for a candle holder for ambiance during and after the initial process. You can even buy a box of candles in different colors just for this purpose. I don’t know if they drip more than other candles or if it’s just a marketing ploy but they do work great! Again, it’s an oldie but a goody nonetheless.

  2. Diana in Texas

    Very retro-interesting……..and lovely, too. I find that when I try to clean or organize my studio, I unearth something unfinished and then it all stops. Rabbit-trail or zig-zag art. I get enthralled once again in “that” particular medium or unfinished object and the former interest is completely renewed. Needless to say, I don’t get much cleaning or sorting done. I wish I could let go of a lot of the ephemera that is squirreled away. I’m sure if it was suddenly gone I wouldn’t even know. Thanks, Shauna, for the remembrance of the colored candles dripping on the wine bottle. I remember those from the 1950′s in the Italian restaurants. So quaint. One time I tried to melt a colored candle only to find out it was only colored on the outside and all the dripping was white. Lessons learned everywhere.

  3. Jan Ostridge

    Fabulous fun…I have been looking for candles that drip for ages and could only find the colored ones. Good find. Any suggestons where to find them?

  4. jessica

    I think if you buy hand-dipped candles, they will drip because they don’t have all the manufactured coating or whatever makes candles dripless.

    That’s what I used anyway – we carried them in the gallery at the time.

  5. Cathy in AZ

    I had to chuckle as I have that same crocheted table cloth on the glass table in the informal dining room.

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