HeartBleed Bug

Posted by Jeff on 4/25/2014
By now, you’ve probably read in the news, or heard across the wire that the newest security bug code named “Heartbleed” has been spreading across the web for some time now, and has just been recently identified.

Selecting a Wick

Posted by Jeff on 3/20/2014 to Candles
The challenge of selecting the right wick takes time.

The best way to find the right wick is to test each wick in the final candle formula chosen.

Tips for making a better candle

Posted by Jeff on 3/13/2014 to Candles
When beginning to make candles, try to envision the type of candle you may want to have in your house; strong scent, nice colors, no smoke or soot and an overall safe clean burning candle.

What's your Candle IQ?

Posted by Jeff on 2/24/2014 to Candles
What’s Your Candle IQ? Do you love candles and consider yourself something of an expert? Try taking this quiz and see where you rank on our Candle IQ scale.

Glass Blowing, Then and Now

Posted by Jeffrey on 10/11/2013 to Glass
The art of glass blowing can be traced all the way back over 2,000 years, to the ancient civilization of Phoenicia. The earliest glass-blown relics on record include very small tubes and bottles. Like many of the crafts, it had its origins in functionality before branching off into the artistic. The art of hand-blowing glass caught like wildfire, with the Roman Empire incorporating this new craft into their society, and carrying it with them as the Empire spread across Europe and Africa.

The Right Glass for the Right Wine

Posted by Jeff on 10/8/2013 to Candles
The art of glass blowing can be traced all the way back over 2,000 years, to the ancient civilization of Phoenicia. The earliest glass-blown relics on record include very small tubes and bottles. Like many of the crafts, it had its origins in functionality before branching off into the artistic.

Choosing the Right Bridal Glass for Your Wedding

Posted by Jeffrey on 9/5/2013 to Glass
There are few moments in the life of a human being that hold the sheer importance and gravity of the Wedding Day. Only childbirth really comes close, and that tends to last forever, rather than a single day.

Drink Bear Correctly

Posted by Jeffrey on 9/4/2013 to Glass
Beer drinking is one of the most enjoyable pastimes ever invented by mankind. It is 100 percent delicious, totally refreshing, and is a perfect fit for the peaceful and harmonious social interaction with other human beings. There is a massive variety of different beer styles, and with more and more micro brews being introduced, that trend is definitely going to continue. Beer has been around since pretty much forever, and has been the liquid staple of many cultures' diets throughout history. Since the making of beer was spread out across the world, the ingredients used would vary greatly from region to region, creating distinctive families of beer types that were indigenous to those areas. As our world has gotten smaller and more easily reachable through technology, the entire world of brewing tastes and styles are a few clicks or a phone call away, and our taste buds can truly appreciate the worldly perspective.

3 Bold Irish Coffee Recipes

Posted by Jeff on 8/23/2013 to Glass
Irish coffee is a cocktail comprised of coffee, Irish whiskey and sugar in traditional forms. The mixture is stirred and topped with a thick cream through which the coffee is drunk. The original drink was created and named by Irishman Joe Sheridan and it was brought to America by travel writer Stanton Delaplane.

Time to Get Ready For Football Season!

Posted by Jeff on 8/21/2013 to Glass
It's almost here - the annual return of the sweet tradition we know as football season. Get extra batteries for the remote, make sure to have a good sports bar or two lined up, check the beer supply, and get set for the action. Actually, it can take a bit more than that to get fully ready for the football season. Here are a few tips to ensure every fan is at the ready.

Follow Your Nose

Posted by Jeff on 8/15/2013 to Candles
"Follow your nose, it always knows..." Our sense of smell is arguably the most underrated of all five of our physical senses, despite the fact that we use it literally everywhere, every day, without even knowing it. Not only is it inexorably tied to our sense of taste - as anyone who has ever tried eating with a bad head cold can attest - but the sense of smell is tied closely to our subconscious.

A Brief History of Candle Making

Posted by Carlos on 7/26/2013 to Candles
Candles were originally used as a source of light. They have been in existence as far back as the Qin Dynasty. Whale fat was used to create these ancient candles. These early candles were scented with cinnamon, for use in temples. In later years, people began to use beeswax for candle making.

So You Want to Start a Candle Making Business

Posted by Bryan on 7/24/2013 to Candles
Candle making is a rewarding business. Whether you have years of experience with candle making or you are just beginning to learn, candle making is a fun and easy craft. While pouring candles can be tedious, pride in the end result makes the patience it requires well worth the effort. If you are a candle novice, it is best to start by deciding what type of candles you want to make and purchasing supplies to learn the craft.

How to Make Glass

Posted by Melissa on 7/22/2013 to Glass
Glass has been used throughout history for many different purposes. From industrial use to home use glass is an important part of everyday life. Glass is very simple and very financially beneficial to make. The main ingredients of glass are silica -or quartz- sand, sodium carbonate, and calcium oxide. The only tools needed are a kiln, a durable container, and a mold to shape glass. Other chemicals can be used to change color or strength of glass depending on what the glass is being used for.

How to Choose The Right Wine Glass

Posted by Joe on 7/18/2013 to Candles
Selecting the right wine glass is a key element in getting the most enjoyment and satisfaction out of every bottle of wine. Wine glasses come in a wide variety, from different sizes, shapes and compositions. Part of the experience of a fine wine is pairing it with the appropriate glassware. The appearance of the wine in the glass plays an integral role in how you taste and perceive each wine.

How to Choose the Right Glass for Your Beer

Posted by Carlos on 7/16/2013 to Glass
Those who have visited European pubs and restaurants may have noticed an array of glassware styles behind the bar, as many European breweries design unique glassware to accompany each of their beers. The right glass can amplify the beer drinker's experience by creating just the right amount of head and offering optimal presentation.

Make your own eco-friendly soy candles!

Posted by Bryan on 6/21/2013 to Candles
Soy candles are an eco-friendly alternative to burning the traditional paraffin candles which can give off noxious gases. The upside to burning soy candles rather than paraffin candles is that you can make them yourself easily in your own home. The supplies you need can be found at craft and hobby stores, or online. The better product you use, the higher quality your homemade creation will be. It will burn longer and give off a better scent.

Get Into Candle Making

Posted by Melissa on 6/17/2013 to Candles
Candle making is a fun, time-honored hobby. Candles are perfect gifts for any occasion. Knowing the basics of candle making is a useful skill to have. Creating one's own candles for pennies, compared to the prices one would pay for retail, is practical and rewarding.

Soy Candles: A Personalized Touch Made Right at Home

Posted by Joe P. on 6/2/2013 to Candles
This particular article will be offering step-by-step instructions on how to make candles at home. Making candles requires a few basic tools and ingredients, including candle wax, a cotton wick, SuperGlue, a saucepan, and a heat-proof container, as well as a bottle of candle-friendly dye to add a bit of color to the finished candle. It's possible to include fragrance oils so that the candle diffuses the scent into the air, however scent as well as any dyes or other additions are strictly optional.

The Future of Glassware

Posted by Joe P. on 5/29/2013 to Glass
Glassware is one of the most important crafts that have been created by humans. It is found in a wide variety of areas from restaurants, science research centers, to a centerpiece in a family home. The glassware comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be utilized in many ways, from beer glasses, chemical beakers, to components in small electronic circuit boards.

Floating Candles

Posted by Jeff on 5/3/2013 to Candles
Summer is a great time to take advantage of floating candles – put them in the swimming pool, the hot tub, a bird bath – or use them in a bowl as a centerpiece for a graduation party or wedding-related activity. Add some live flowers or foliage, rocks, crystals, or any other non-flammable objects, and you’ve got an easy-to-do and attractive centerpiece. All candles will float, since wax is lighter than water. If the candle is wider than it is deep, it will float upright. If not, it may capsize. A fairly shallow depth, generally not much more than 1”, works best.

Candle Making Can Be Fun for the Whole Family

Posted by Joe on 4/30/2013
From a romantic dinner at home, to perhaps an emergency situation where your home is out of power, decorative, handmade candles serve many purposes.

Glassware: The Necessary Addition to Your Next Gathering

Posted by Melissa on 4/23/2013
Both elegant and useful, glassware is a necessary element to any gathering.

Fragrance

Posted by Jeff on 4/16/2013 to Candles
The addition of fragrance to a candle formulation is commonplace in the United States. In fact, an estimated 75 to 80 percent of candles sold in the U.S. are scented. Candle manufacturers work closely with fragrance companies to develop scented formulations that are not only pleasing, but will burn safely and properly.

Candle Safety Tip

Posted by Jeff on 4/16/2013 to Candles
CANDLE SAFETY TIPS A Little Wax Can Be a Big Safety Cushion It may be tempting to burn your candle all the way down, but leaving just ½ inch of wax can protect you from accidental glass breakage or a candle fire. Why?

Candle Science

Posted by Jeff on 4/16/2013 to Candles
Candle Science Science Project Ideas & Tips There’s a lot of chemistry and physics behind the beauty and light of a candle flame. In fact, scientists have been fascinated by candles for hundreds of years.

How Candles Burn

Posted by Jeff on 4/16/2013 to Candles
All waxes are essentially hydrocarbons, which means they are largely composed of hydrogen (H) and carbon (C) atoms. 

When you light a candle, the heat of the flame melts the wax near the wick. This liquid wax is then drawn up the wick by capillary action.

The Colors of a Candle Flame

Posted by Jeff on 4/16/2013 to Candles
If you look closely at a candle flame, you’ll see a blue area at the base of the flame. Above that is a small dark orange-brown section, and above that is the large yellow region that we associate with candle flames.

Waxes

Posted by Jeff on 4/16/2013 to Candles

Over the centuries, candle waxes have been developed from a variety of fats, oils and waxy-like substances derived from animals, insects, plants and rocks.

Scientists consider "wax" to be a generic term for classifying materials that have the following characteristics:

Wicks

Posted by Jeff on 4/16/2013 to Candles
Most consumers usually think of a candle's shape, color or fragrance as its most important element. Most candle manufacturers, though, would probably say it's the wick that makes the candle.

Candles and Fire Safety

Posted by Jeff on 4/16/2013 to Candles
There's a special beauty and tranquility to candles, but a lighted candle is also an open flame, and a potential fire hazard if not carefully monitored. In fact, accidental candle fires account for approximately four percent of all U.S. residential fires.

Popular Candle Types

Posted by Jeff on 4/16/2013 to Candles
Candles come in virtually every shape and size imaginable. The following terms are used to describe common candle styles.

Industry Standards

Posted by Jeff on 4/16/2013 to Candles
As part of its commitment to product quality, safety and corporate responsibility, the National Candle Association has played a leading role in the development of industry standards for candles and candle products.

Decor Ideas

Posted by Jeff on 4/16/2013 to Candles

Style for Your Home

Everything seems lovelier by candlelight. Candles can add warmth, style and ambiance to any room in the home.

Whether grouped for drama in the living room, paired in candlesticks on the dining table, or snuggled in colored glass votives on the mantel, candles add elegance and style to homes around the world.

Fragrance Trends

Posted by Jeff on 4/16/2013 to Candles

Americans have a passion for fragrance, and scented candles are the number one choice of U.S. consumers for home fragrancing.

Approximately three-fourths of all candles sold in the United States are scented, and candle manufacturers work closely with fragrance companies to develop scents that can create a special atmosphere for our homes and comfort.

A Brief Look at Making Soy Candles

Posted by Bryan on 4/16/2013 to Candles
Candles lend an ideal touch of beauty, warmth and fragrance to any home or festive event. They come in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and scents, making them perfect for adding that final touch of elegance and beauty.

Colorants

Posted by Jeff on 4/16/2013 to Candles
Candles are available in a seemingly endless palette of colors, from luminescent shades of ivory and pastels to deep rich jewel tones, metallics and chromatic layers.