I love how much Mark is learning about all the things related to the business that we didn’t even know we’d be learning about when we started GBR officially three years ago. We’ve talked about the candlemaking before, I know. But Mark’s always trying to find ways to perfect them. He is like that – if you’re going to do something, then you should do it right. So…there’s lots of reading and experimenting going on with our gorgeous candles. Neither of us have ever made candles before so it’s all new in many ways.
In the above picture, Mark is about to peel a pine cone candle out of it rubber mold. That beautiful candle has been a real hit since Mark started pouring them. That’s actually a panini press on the table. He uses it to melt some wax and level out the bottoms of the candles so they sit just right. He had been hunting for a single hot plate thingy but we never saw any – only doubles and he didn’t need something that wide taking up valuable real estate in the honey house. So I went to one of my favorite stores and found this press. Perfect! And on sale. Even better. I love target.
One of the other issues he started noticing is that the candles, especially the pine cone, sometimes had wax flaking on them. Or they’d break or get blemishes. Big no-no at the Bee Ranch. 🙂 So check it out – I get home one day and he’s got this little tank all set up and filled with sand and I had no idea what was going on at first. I just love learning stuff from him! Anyway, the problem lately is that all of a sudden, he started having these issues. The only factor we saw that changed was the weather. It’s fluctuating like crazy lately as it tries to decide between cold and hot. (Forecast for tonight, by the way, is the mid 30s! I’m thrilled. Tomorrow it’ll be another gorgeous day in the 70s.) Sorry, I always have a lot to say about all sorts of things. Back to candles…he’d been thinking on this matter for some time now and is now trying out the drum. The heater warms up the drum and sand and this keeps the candles from cooling too fast. After some more experimenting, he has found a good range for the heater and the candles are coming out the way he likes. I think they are beautiful even when they aren’t super perfect. But I’m happy it makes him happy to find ways to improve the products for our customers. I hope he doesn’t learn how to perfect ALL of them, ALL of the time – what if he never brings in the defective ones for me to burn in our home!?! Yikes! lol