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What is the Wax Luminary made of?

Our Wax Luminaries (Wax Shells) are made of the highest quality, imported, fully refined paraffin waxes.

The shells are coated with a secret blend of waxes and additives to create our signature chalky, matt white finish.

The patterns are then handcarved through the chalk wax into the translucent wax shell.

 

How long will it last? Will it melt?

The Wax Luminary may be enjoyed for many years provided its kept out of direct sunlight, and heated rooms 35°C+.

Always ensure the candles you use are the right size for your Wax Luminary.

Ensure the flames burn centre, and away from the sides.

When the Wax Luminary is lifted whilst lit, the candles may move to the sides. Reposition to centre before proceeding.

It is advisable to burn candles for 4 hours or less at a time. When the sides appear shiny or wet, its normally a sign the Wax Luminary is getting too hot and is about to melt.

PLEASE NOTE: Any candle on the market will melt if left outside in the heat.

 

What candles can be used on the inside of the Wax Luminary?

An information leaflet is enclosed with each product.

The Medium Range (Round, Cylinder and Cube)

Use tealight candles, and a small candles not exceeding 50mm in diameter.

These candle options backlight the translucent handcarved patterns the best way.

PLEASE NOTE: Candles larger than 5cm diameter will melt the sides of your Wax Luminary.

 

The Protea on the other hand looks better and has a ‘fuller flower look” when used with Wax Beads. The Protea contains added ‘HOW TO’ information re. the use of Wax Beads in it.

 

The Small Range (Round, Cylinder and Cube)

Use tealight candles ONLY.

 

How do I use Tealight Candles in the Wax Luminary

A resin disc is embedded into the base of each Wax Luminary. When using a tealight candle, place it directly on top of the resin disc, as centre as possible, and light.

How do I use Small Candles in the Wax Luminary

A bit of dry sago (a smaller version of tapioca, for those not familiar with the product) is included with each Medium Wax Luminary. It’s advisable to cover the base with it before using the pillar candle provided.

TIP: You may use tapioca, coarse salt, or white rice as replacement options. You may even cover the base with a shallow pool of water.  These options prevent candles, or molten wax from burning or sticking to the base. Ensure the base of your Wax Luminary is well covered, and that the bottom of the pillar candle, when almost burnt out, can’t come into contact with the base.

 

TIP: It’s advisable to always burn candles for 4 Hours at a time.

 

How do I use Wax Beads in the Wax Luminary?

 

  • Remove bundle of 15 candle wicks from the top of the leaflet included with each packet.
  • Decant beads into Wax Luminary or Wax Bowl. Level out by gently shaking into place. 
  • Straighten out one of the enclosed wicks and insert into bead mixture as centre and as straight as possible.
  • Leave a piece of the wick (approximately 8mm) protruding from the surface.
  • Light the wick and ensure its lit. The flame and wick sometimes fail to draw molten wax which enables the formation of a flame.
  • One length of wick should give around 5 hours of candle light.
  • Once the wick burns out (the flame dies by itself) leave the pool of molten wax to cool and harden.
  • Lift the hardened shell from the unused beads.
  • Wrap the hardened shell in a piece of waste paper and reuse as a firelighter for your braai fires or fireplace fires.
  • If necessary, add more beads and repeat the process.
  • Never burn a shallow heap of beads. It may burn into the base of the Wax Luminary. A good recommended depth would be approx. 6cm at least

 

HOW TO USE WAX BEADS IN THE PROTEA

Open packet of Wax Beads remove bundle of 15 candle wicks from packet.

  • Decant beads into the Protea Wax Luminary forming a sharp, pointed heap of about 6 cm high.
  • Straighten out one of the enclosed wicks and insert into bead mixture as centre and as straight as possible.
  • Leave a piece of the wick (approximately 8mm) protruding from the surface.
  • Light the wick and ensure its lit. The flame and wick sometimes fail to draw molten wax which enables the formation of a flame.
  • One length of wick should give around 5 - 7 hours of light.
  • Once the wick burns out (the flame dies by itself) leave the pool of molten wax to cool and harden.
  • Lift the hardened shell from the unused beads.
  • Wrap the hardened shell in a piece of waste paper and reuse as a firelighter for your braai fires or fireplace fires.
  • If necessary, add more beads. With a spoon, gently scoop the remaining Wax Beads into a pointed heap, and repeat the process.
  • Never burn a shallow heap of beads. It may burn into the base of the Wax luminary.

Add a beautiful fragrance to your beads by stirring in oil based perfumes prior to use. Remember to give the beads a thorough stir prior to inserting another wick.

What other uses are there for Wax Beads? 

Extend the life of burnt out candles.

  • Fill the cavities of burnt out candles with Wax Beads and reuse them for longer.

Repurpose glassware, china or crystal containers.

  • Making your own candles have never been easier. Transform almost anything into a candle. Follow the same instructions for our Wax Luminaries and Wax Bowls.

Leftover Wax Beads

  • Don’t waste leftover wax beads. Add to, and extend the burning time of your existing range of white pillar candles by pouring small amounts of beads to the molten pools of burning candles.

WARNING

Avoid plastic and narrow shaped containers.

Allow a 10cm clearing diameter around the flame.

 

How do I clean the Wax Luminary?

Wet a soft sponge with water, add a bit of Handy Andy (A non-abrasive ammonia cream cleaner in South Africa) and make it soapy until a thick lather is created. Gently sponge the surface, inside and out, until all dirt is removed. Rinse well with cold water, and leave to dry.

 

Impurities or marks can be removed with a soft cloth and a bit of paraffin. Regular cleaning with paraffin is not recommended as it may ruin the surface.

 

Why should I use a Wax Luminary?

The wax shell is reusable, and makes a small candle look bigger.

Once a candle starts burning, it looses its shape. It sometimes melts through the sides, creates a mess, and this can look ugly.

A wax luminary allows you to enjoy your candles without the need to pack them away.

 

Do I need to put the Wax Luminary on a Glass Candle Plate?

Its mainly for aesthetic purposes and not a requirement. The Medium Round ones with glass beadwork inlays looks exceptionally beautiful on a clear glass candle plate.

 

It is however recommended if you are concerned it may harm precious surfaces, i.e. unsealed stone tops. Some surfaces may absorb wax oils when exposed to waxes warmed to certain temperatures.

 

Do the Wax Luminaries travel well?

There has been no negative feedback regarding damaged items to date.

Returning customers who have taken our Wax Luminaries abroad have confirmed it arrived safely, beautifully, and in one piece.

 

Great care is taken with the packaging of each item.

The Medium Range of Wax Luminaries are all wrapped in 2 sheets of tissue paper, 1 sheet of bubblewrap and a sheet of Kraft paper. The boxes used provide 4 layers of fluting on each side. A base platform provides additional cushioning, and the layers of tissue and bubblewrap forms a safety barrier for the top, and the kraft paper for the bottom.

The Small Range of Wax Luminaries are all wrapped in  2 sheets of tissue paper, 1 sheet of bubblewrap and a sheet of Kraft paper. The boxes used provide 1 layer of fluting on each side. The layers of tissue, bubblewrap and kraft forms a safety barrier for the top and bottom.

 

What is included with the Wax Luminaries?

 

The Medium Range (Round, Cylinder and Cube) comes standard with a tealight candle, and a small candle (50x35mm)  These candle options backlight the translucent handcarved patterns the best way. PLEASE NOTE: Candles larger than 5cm diameter will melt the sides of your Wax Luminary.

 

A resin disc is embedded into the base of each wax luminary. When using a tealight candle, place it directly on top of the disc, and as centre as possible, and light.

 

A sachet with a scoop of coarse sea salt is also included with each Medium Wax Luminary. It’s advisable to cover the base with it before using the small candle provided. PLEASE NOTE: You may use sago, tapioca, white rice, or a bit of water as replacement options. It prevents the candle, or molten wax from burning or sticking to the base. Ensure the base of your Wax Luminary is well covered, and that the bottom of the pillar candle, once burnt out, can’t come into contact with the base.

 

TIP: It’s advisable to burn candles for 4 Hours at a time.