Rosendale Waxworks, 415 Main Street, Rosendale, NY 12472
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soaps and candles
“To the right is the view
I see from my foundry
window, at Rosendale
“MULES--Canal 1820s. MUSCLES--Cement
18180s. MAKERS--2000s.” The history of this
remarkable town, in a few words.
famous for its street
festivals. Abov e,
Store open Thursday - Sunday: 11:00am-6:00pm
Candles have been used for
thousands of years to tell time.
But that was for marking how
the hours passed by how fast a
candle burned down.
I’ve created a candle that
measures time by how fast it
burns outwards, from the
center, like this:
The difference is, it marks
time in minutes, not hours.
OK, new and different. But
then one has to come up with
new uses for such a candle.
Here’s one. Calm your mind
by gazing at a candle flame for
an hour as your zodiac sign slowly emerges
from concealment. Check that out here.
What other kind of picture do we delight in? Paintings. How
about watching as a well-known portrait or a famous painter
is tantalizingly-slowly revealed, while you try to recognize,
who the artist is? See our Art Discovery series below.
Who counts time in units of less than an hour? A therapist.
A therapist and her patient could mark the progress
of a session by huddling together over such a candle, holding
left hands (left-brain communication) while monitoring the
slow reveal of a picture.
And what picture? Expect more to follow. Perhaps a simple
scale of minutes, marked from the center out.
EXCEL CHART: Which wick for which candle wax?
In my candle-ingredients video I show how I gather data on
which wick to select for which wax in terms of how wide a
melt pool they form. I’m posting my data here. Don’t expect
an entire bible, it’s just a rough guide.
PDF FILE: CHARACTERISTICS OF VARIOUS WAXES
Casual notes taken as I worked. Not very systematic, but a
start in becoming familar with their various properties. Find it
Has the shut-down helped you relax,
and be in the moment? If you’re still in
need of help, try our meditation
Complete set of 6
While my wife Wilda takes delight in how her candles smell,
I’m more focused on what mine can do. My interest is more
technical than esthetic. I’m interested in working with wax in
new ways to arrive at new kinds of candles.
What could I enjoy more than sitting in the store window, waving at passers by, as I make candles!
What is candle wax? What is it good for? Turns out, it
has as much energy, pound for pound, as gasoline.
Candles as art. Candles used to be just fuel for
making light. They only became an art form when we
became nostaligic about those candle-lit memories.
Candle ingredients. What goes into making candles?
Not just different kinds of wax, but wicks and tabs.
Self portrait plus
3 ½ inches
Within a few minutes of lighting, a clear
melt pool forms around the wick. Over
the course of around 50 minutes (your
therapeutic hour) the reveal continues. At
some point you’ll cry out, “I know who
that is!” Right?Constable won’t be among
the artists featured, he’s here just to
show you how each artist is represented-
-by a famous self-portrait and a quote
from the artist about the making of art.
Artists featured come from Renaissance
times to the recent past. Wbhich one?
You find out only when you burn the
candle. Art discovery indeed.
ROSENDALE SOUVENIER CANDLE