I started exploring my interest in candles by buying a hexagon mold and pouring melted remnants of beeswax candles and IKEA candles. I knew I wanted to make unique candles so for Christmas gifts I poured candles into hexagon plant pots I found at Portland Nursery. I enclosed a label saying, “when I am done giving you light, return me for a refill or grow a plant in me”.
It was shortly after this that I conceived the idea of a Himalayan Pink Salt Candle. I was familiar with the salt lamps and tealights and I thought it would be a great medium for poured candles. What I did not know yet was that it had not been done before. This became painfully obvious when I started searching online for Himalayan pink salt vessels to pour a candle in. I spent three weeks scouring the internet and was resigned that no suitable object existed, everything I found being salt lamps and tealight holders. After lamenting my frustrated search, my partner amazed me by pulling up the perfect candle container after a two minute search. This original find has become my Tower Candle.
Wanting a variety of sizes, I bought Himalayan Pink Salt tealight holders from this vendor and started experimenting with a drill press and various types of drill bits before finding the right combination of bit and drill speed to successfully enlarge the tealight sized cores of the tealights and Torchieres to accommodate a poured candle. The early attempts resulted in cracked and shattered salt crystal and a lot of salt dust everywhere.
My workshop now includes a bandsaw and bench sander that have allowed me to start creating Art Candles from all the various sizes and shapes of Himalayan Pink Salt available. It started with the FireTable, then the Fortress of Saltitude, the Split Wall and many more to come. My salt vendor is so impressed with what he’s seen he is now producing custom sizes and shapes for my work.
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