carved candles



About our hand carved candles and other products


See our Hand Carved Candle Index

which includes Birthday Countdown Candles, Anniversary Countdown Candles, Unity Candles and Memorial Candles.



* OUR HAND CARVED CANDLES... THE PROCESS

...also called 'Cut-n-Curl' Candles or 'Cut-and-Carve' Candles...

All of the hand carved and the hand sculpted candles shown at our site we create from "scratch". The large blocks of high quality paraffin wax specially formulated for "candle carvers" - are melted in our custom-made wax tanks and "cookers".

We cast metal molds to create the peculiar-shaped "center cores" for our hand carved candles. Using a clear (transparent) wax allows our candles to gives off a beautiful warm glow when lit - since light passes through the clear wax - making these beauties the 'center' of attention!

The center cores are strung on a hand-held hook and hand-dipped - one at a time - into hot colored waxes using white in-between most colors to help separate the colors - and to achieve specific colors. There can be as many as 40 dips for just one candle to achieve the proper thickness and shape. The last few dips determine the outside colorof the candle.... the inside colors are exposed when the candle is hand carved. Our "dipping station" wax tanks are custom made to our specifications. We have the ability to hand-dip up to an 18" tall candle depending on the diameter of the candle.

When all the dipping is done and the center core is now about 1" wider than it's original size the candle is hung from the hook and spins freely ready to be "cut and curled".

This is accomplished using special knives, tools, and 'fast but gentle fingers'... this process requires both speed and accuracy. The wax is cut, twisted and sculpted into beautiful intricate patterns exposing the inside colors. Patterns include twists and spirals,
criss-cross ribbons and bows, hearts, basketweaves, angels with wings and halo.
Each hand carved design can be uniquely different and wax temperature will play a role in the final outcome.

From "How It's Made":




*EACH CANDLE IS MADE in the highest tradition of professional candle making. We create quality, long burning, hand-crafted candles which we unconditionally guarantee against defects in workmanship.

You can read about our experienced candle carver
here:

We invite you to read testimonials from our customers here:
http://waxwizard.net/testimonials.html
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* CANDLE COLOR, DESIGNS, AND SIZE~

Our standard color chart for hand-carved candles is here:
http://waxwizard.net/pop-color-cc.html

We offer several heights in both our "Wide Tops" and "Narrow Tops"

Visit this page for the best example of Wide Top & Narrow Top size comparisons:
http://bridalshopstore.com/unity_candles/UC-pricing.html


PLEASE NOTE:
Due to wax temperature the elegant hand carved cuts / designs may vary - sizes may vary slightly AND c
olors may vary. ALL candles will include white to separate the inside colors.

Please also be aware that dark colors such as black, navy blue, royal blue, dark or medium green, purple, burgundy and red tend to bleed through the layers of white wax over time. If you plan to display your hand carved candle over a period of time we suggest you select light to medium colors.


The most common cause of colors fading is exposure to UV light, including direct sunlight, reflected sunlight (such as being in a bright room), and even some fluorescent bulbs. For this reason candles should be burned as soon as possible. When storing candles keep them wrapped to avoid any type of light, and store them in a cool dark place.

Please note that we use the more expensive colored pigments which resist UV light much better than the cheaper candle dye.


CUSTOM COLORS and more about wax colors:
Matching a particular color is not always possible.
If you mail us a color sample make every effort to match your color, HOWEVER we CANNOT guarantee color match. There are standard colors in our wax tanks and to achieve other colors mixing hot wax is necessary. As wax cools it's color will change, so there's no way to see the final color until it cools completely.


Please also keep in mind as we're hand-dipping the candle into the hot wax tanks we're creatitng layers of color. When going from one color to another there will be some bleeding which creates a new color or shades of that color. So going from red to white will result in pink. This is a natural mixing and binding of the colored waxes that come into contact with each other. Darker colors are stronger colors and will bleed quicker and deeper.

NO metallic colored waxes such as gold, or silver.... if you've ordered a personalized candle that gets decorated in silks we can add some metallic trim when we decorate the candle, to pull your colors together.

Visit these pages to view the best examples of inside and outside colors:

http://bridalshopstore.com/unity_candles/UC-pricing.html
http://BridalShopStore.com/CINUnity.html



* SPEED AND ACCURACY ~
The wax is cooling at a very high rate so the hand sculpting must be completed in less than 2 minutes for most size candles. That's the 'speed part'.... the accuracy comes from having a sharp eye, keepiing cuts even and level...and allot of experience.



* OUR EXPERIENCE ~

Message from Diane...
As owner of this company I think you should know a litte about my background and experience. I've been hand carving candles for over 20 years. I was taught by a gentleman who had just closed his candle shop (of many years) and was moving out of state. He was willing to share this beautiful art - and many well-kept secrets - with me. His fee in 1990 was $1500 for a 40 hour week. For nearly 4 weeks he and I worked side-by-side, only breaking for lunch --and scrapping many, many "center cores"! Precision cutting, carving and speed can only come with many, many hours of practice and patience.

Wax Wizard Candles, the retail store opened for business the following week right next door to my Ceramic & Art Studio where I taught ceramic and art classes for more than 25 years - including hand-painting on porcelain china, porcelain doll making, clay-sculpting, pottery wheel, silk flower making and arranging, T-shirt painting and air-brushing, pen-n-ink drawing, water colors ... to name just some.

Because of my background in Art we can offer you custom graphic designs to match your Wedding or Party theme. Just let us know what you have in mind.

NOTE: Turnaround Time is always posted right near the item offered or on the page where the item's offered and here: http://waxwizard.net/TA.html

Thanks again for your interest in our hand carved candles.
~:Diane




*OUR PERSONALIZED CANDLES

O
ur hand-carved Birthday & Anniversary Countdown Candles make wonderfully unique and treasured gift that are remembered and enjoyed year-after-year to celebrate that special occasion!

Our Birthday Countdown Candle can be personalized with your child's Name and date of birth. The perfect Baby Shower gift or new baby gift that will be enjoyed year after year !!
(we can hold your order for the child's name & birth date)
http://waxwizard.net/birthday.html

Our Anniversary Countdown Candles can be personalized with the couples Names and their Wedding Date. The perfect wedding gift for newly weds that they'll enjoy year after year !!
http://waxwizard.net/Anniv.html

Our Wedding & Unity Candles can be personalized with the bride & groom's Names and Wedding Date.
We create custom graphics to match your theme!
Unity Candles pages begin here:
http://bridalshopstore.com/unity_candles/unity_candles01.html

Read more about our Unity and Wedding candles here:
http://waxwizard.net/wedd-about.html



*WE CREATE CUSTOM GRAPHICS to match your theme and personalize your candle. We can work from your original photo, graphic, invitation, or company logo to create something unique, personalized, and beautiful. We can imprint Names, Dates, poems, verses, or your own special message.

See some of our Custom Graphics and Custom Labels here:
http://waxwizard.net/pop-samples-custom-wedding.html
http://bridalshopstore.com/CINUnity.html

Visit our Print Shop here:
http://bridalshopstore.com/printshop.html
ANY graphic at our Print Shop can be used on Unity Candles, Personalized Mini Pillars, Favor Tags or Place Cards.


WE DECORATE YOUR CANDLE
Our Wedding and Unity Candles are beautifully decorated with a variety of silk flowers, ribbons, metallic leaves, pearl beads and other tasteful embellishments - just enough to look classy but not gaudy.

Our Birthday Countdown Candles are decorated with your choice of silks or colorful plastic balloons. Our Anniversary Countdown Candles are decorated with a simple selection of silks.

You can view some nice close-up photos here:
http://bridalshopstore.com/CINUnity.html


* SOME SAY "THEY'RE TOO PRETTY TO BURN"
Our Candles are fully functional so you can burn them and enjoy them for many years to come. Following our easy Burning Instructions will extend the life of your Candle considerably. Our 'Wide Top' Candle can later accommodate an 8-10 hour votive extending the life further.

Burning Instructions for our hand-carved Candles
Burning Instructions for our Countdown Candles



* OUR CENTERPIECE & CANDLE ACCESSORIES
We offer a large selection of centerpieces and centerpiece accessories including glass stemmed candle holders, glass bowls, glass cylinders, glass hurricanes, glass vases, candle holders, candle lanterns, decorative bird cages, centerpiece mirrors, decorative mirrors, river rocks, colored sand and more!

Use our candles, glassware, candle holders and centerpiece accessories to create beautiful and unique centerpieces, wedding centerpieces, table decorations, reception table lighting, candle arrangements, table centerpieces and home decor.

Visit our Centerpiece page
Visit our Candle Accessories page



* OUR PARTY FAVORS & CANDLE FAVORS

We offer a huge selection of Party Favors for ALL occasions and life celebrations
Always 15 to 58% OFF Retail

Our Favor Index page is here:
http://waxwizard.net/favor-index.html


Visit our Print Shop for Personalized Favor Tags and Personalized Place Cards. We offer a large selection of graphics to match your theme!
http://bridalshopstore.com/printshop.html


We offer Personalized Ribbons here:
http://bridalshopstore.com/printshop.html



* OUR BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

Our Bridal Shop Store offers hassle-free shopping for Bridal accessories including our baeutiful hand carved unity candles, cake tops, guest books, guest book alternatives, signing stones, pen sets, ring pillows, toasting flutes, cake server sets, handkerchiefs, special hankies, reception card holders, decorative bird cages, discount wedding favors and much more!

We offer you all the major Wedding collections and themes including Cinderella, Disney, Mickey, Precious Moments, Dreamsicles, Biker Weddings, Lillian Rose, Simply Charming, CR Unique, FashionCraft, Cassiani Collection, Kate Aspen and many other products.

We offer one of the largest selections of
Cinderella Wedding products including:
Cinderella Caketops, Guest Books, Pen Sets, Ring Pillows, Ring Holders, Glass Slippers, Cinderella Candle Favors, Coaches, Carriages, Castles, Slippers, Pumpkins, Place Card Holders, Picture Frames, Favor Tags, Place Cards and more!!

Visit our
Wedding Lobby for a list of all our Bridal Accessories or go direct to our Bridal Shop Store.



* OUR PRINT SHOP - http://bridalshopstore.com/printshop.html
Our Print Shop offers personalized Favor Tags, Personalized Place Cards and Personalized Ribbons.

We offer a wide selection of graphics to match your theme
GRAPHIC SAMPLES can be viewed in several location throughout our websites:


*FONTS
You can choose a Font from our Font Library beginning here:
http://bridalshopstore.com/fonts1.html


*INK COLOR AND GRAPHIC PROOFS
You can choose ink color and border colors from our color chart here:
http://bridalshopstore.com/colorchart.html


You can read details about our Imprinted Items here:
http://bridalshopstore.comprintshop-orderinfo.html




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Our Ordering Information here:
http://waxwizard.net/orderinfo.html

Our Store Policies here:
http://waxwizard.net/policies.html



*WE INVITE YOU TO READ
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We're very proud of our top ratings with more than 275 "report cards" on file for you to read.

http://www.waxwizard.net/testimonials-publiceye.html


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