Thursday, August 30, 2007

Lit Beeswax Candles

The bright warm light of pure beeswax -- nothing else compares.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Our Booth at the Summer Shade Festival


Drying Out

Our large front porch is the perfect place to spread out the tent for drying. We packed up in the rain on Sunday - most things were pretty wet. I decided that this was a good time to wash the roof and side panels. And Karla thought, "Hmmmm, I could wash too." Behind Karla you can see the old pecan grove.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Summer Shade Festival

Summer Shade Festival, Grant Park, Atlanta, GA. Saturday was quite hot. Sunday was nice with thunderstorms - always a treat. The festival is really growing with something for everyone. Music, food, shopping, children's area. We certainly appreciate our customers from last year stopping by and loved meeting lots of new friends/customers. A special thank you to Dee, Cathy and Vicki for traveling to the big city to see us. (or was it the tamales?)

The best thing about being a carnie tent dweller is the people you meet and the friends that you make. Grant Park afforded me the opportunity to hug on some of my favorite artists. It's always a great pleasure to see Mark Meyer representing his wife, Sandra Meyer's, stunning paintings and hearing how their son, Noah, has grown. Robert Jones has been on the road for several weeks with his beautiful photography. His last stop was Lexington where he took some great horse shots. William Etheridge has been busy with a new house and continues to paint. (yeah!) Katy DeMent and I share a love of beeswax. Katy is now keeping her own bees and still making her most excellent hand made papers. Eddie King, Eddie's Bottle Art, hasn't been feeling well so we exchanged several hugs. Elizabeth Zappa was pretty busy painting her "canned ham" but managed a quick "follow your bliss!" - just when I needed it. Plus we had the great pleasure of getting to know our "next door neighbor" Dave Goldman. Dave is from North Carolina and does beautiful oils on canvas well worth checking out. Please follow the artist's links to view their works - you'll be glad you did.

One more big thank you to Fernando Fernandez and his lovely wife, Sida, for purchasing a candle and taking the time to talk with us about pilons and the internet. We had such fun and learned much.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Pre-Pack for Show

Here's some of the candles just before we packed them for the festival. Karla(the cat) was a lot of help! Managed to get set up and out of Atlanta before the thunderstorms hit. The storms were preceded by lots of wind which always makes us tent dwellers nervous at a show.

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Sunlit Candles

Gathered everything in one place yesterday. We'll pack for the festival today, drive to Atlanta and set up. Only supposed to be 96 degrees today. On the mantle are candle holders that Reed has made. I love the onion bottle shapes. Vicki provided valuable input - thanks, Vic.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

12" Beeswax Tapers

Getting ready to set up a booth at the Summer Shade Festival at Grant Park in Atlanta this weekend. Should be hot. Beeswax has a melting point of 145 degrees so people will melt long before the candles do. It's supposed to be in the upper-90's this weekend -- a cool front! There is a lot of shade at Grant Park so hopefully we will procure some. If you are in the area stop by, good music, good food, nice art work and GORGEOUS Beeswax candles.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Works in Progress

After the pigments are applied to the candles, the beeswax is manipulated with heat, hands and other tools. Each candle is unique. Some resemble knotted tree branches, twisted and turned others are smooth and serpentine. Sometimes there is a lot of color on the candle and often the color is reduced greatly to allow the beeswax to glow through the negative space. This reduction process is what breathes life into each piece of beeswax.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Pillar Candles

A sampling of pillar candles. Some are made with white beeswax, some with yellow beeswax and some are yellow beeswax over-dipped with white beeswax. The strings and hooks are for me to hold onto while dipping into the hot wax and adding the color. The shapes are somewhat irregular and very organic. Every single candle is hand made. Therefore, I guarantee imperfection!

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Candles in the Library

It's so blasted HOT outside that I am forced to work on candles in the house. This is one of our 6 fireplace mantels. Our home was built in 1832. All of the wood, floors, windows, doors etc are original. It is very beautiful and inspirational. I'm working in this room today adding pigments to the beeswax candles.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Beeswax Pigments

The pigments I use come from Germany. The colors are vibrant and the hues are flexible. It is always great fun adding a shade of beeswax (white, yellow, gold and their variations) to the pigments to see the color today. The food container safe pigments exceed even Germany's strict protocols. I have spent over a year looking for "color" that is safe for me to work with and for you to burn. I believe that I have found it. My goal is to make a unique and beautiful candle in it's most natural form.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Pillar Progress

These are beeswax pillars that I have been working on. The heat is forcing me to get up early in the morning and work under the studio porch. Even then, I can only work so long before heading to the house and air conditioning. I like the translucent effect of the white beeswax with color so I have been over dipping the yellow beeswax pillars with white beeswax. Seems to be working.

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Monday, August 6, 2007

Bee's Wax Candles

Hand Dipped, beautiful and an empty canvas!

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