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Windows 3×3 .2-An Update!

So, I created a little video for you to show the candle burning as I write this.  It has been burning this time for approximately 6 hours with proper trimming.  I have burned it a total of three times to achieve the look it presently has developed.  The initial burn if you recall was way over the recommended three to four hours beginning burn that I tell you to burn to set the life of a candle. As a result, this created the windows and very nearly cause much greater damage to the candle nearly leakage! 

I have since burned the candle for three hours, four and a half hours and now the six hours to reset the candle to a better situation.  Notice the candle still has the windows and that they are opening as the candle begins to sculpt its way downward.  The damage has been done though and it will not totally perform like usual.  Salvaging the candle is being done but the candle will never look like an ideal burn, yet that is okay.  Life isn’t ideal in every case; we simply move forward!

Notice that I even accidentally dropped some of the wick into the burn pool.  Welcome to life!  It happens, and there is no burn pool police to come and get me and the candle will be alright.  Sometimes things don’t always turn out like we want.  Just like the candle this time.  We do the best we can and keep on adjusting.  After all life is what happens when we are making plans, huh?

The candle will be alright.  It won’t be the greatest burn ever, but it will still be enjoyed by my family!  If you find yourself having to burn a candle a short amount of time?  Then burn it a little longer the next time and make sure to maintain the wick.  It will straighten out as a result moving forward in its life.  If you continue to do so though it will begin to tunnel.  And that can be bad news for your candle, no matter who makes the candle.  You see a candle should be burned an hour for each inch the candle is across a 3×3 should ideally be burned for at least three hours!  A 4-inch candle four hours, so forth.

In the event of tunneling if there is wick still available?  Make sure and maintain the wick properly but take the time to burn the candle for a rather long time to bring the candle current again.  This will help to revive the life of the candle. 

I’ll try and post one more time on the life of this candle if I can remember so that you can see the result.  Have a great evening and sleep well!,19
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Yes. You can handle the truth!

Apple Medley

More and more I see candlemakers, particularly those that want to be in the trend listing their candles as being made with essential oils.  Very cool, yet also very interesting as to why they forgot the rest of the statement. Perhaps they felt you couldn’t handle the rest of the truth?

I will be more than happy to tell you what I use in my candles.  Heck let me reiterate it right now.  My combinations / blends are made up both synthetic and essential oils that I design to create the best possible clean burn and the best possible life of the candle for you.  How is that different than what they said?  I admitted the truth, and then some.

You see at Fort Blenheim Candles I create combinations that are unique to my company.  I create scent combinations that I hope you want your home to smell like.  I create things that are different than the major chains and the suppliers provide straight up.  For example, I often start with base scents like bergamot or tobacco and build up from there.  Perhaps I use MacIntosh Apple this time of year.  As another example, green tea and lemongrass is not a combination it comes from a bottle, and yes it often has essential oils in it, but it does not always.  It has been around so long I do not remember who the original creator was, or who the original brand even was? 

Am I trying to call anyone out?  In the truest meaning of the word.  NO.  I am wanting you to be educated that marketing is marketing.  I have a passion for what I do.  I have a passion for treating people with a level of respect that I hope they treat me.  Where we can go from there is only way, up!  Things are only made better for both us. 

Be knowledgeable about what you buy.  Make sure that the company you buy from knows what they are doing and has a proven track record.  Too much today is done to teach people to make deplorable products but present it like it is a million bucks.  I think that is sad.  I think some one watched too many children’s movies and came to realize that they will never be a supervillain unless they have presentation!  You don’t need movie lines; what you need is a good quality item that you can rely upon. 

To wrap up, if you want to know what is in my candles, ask.  If you have any question reach out to me.  I would rather you be informed than dazzled.  Have a great day and enjoy the rest of the week.

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Welcome to Windows 3×3

I wanted to take a moment and show you a candle that had been burned longer than its initial burn time.   In addition, this candle was not given any maintenance during its burn whatsoever and it developed some issues as a result, but it will be alright.  I often tell everyone that a 3” wide candle should be burned about 3-4 hours, remember?  Guess what happened to this one?  My youngest child wanted to burn a candle, and I had left this reject in the house for some testing.  They decided to burn it and that was fine.  They however, on the candles first burn did so for almost 8 hours!  Whoops!

Do you see those little windows that have formed?  The candle was extinguished before it decided to drip but it did form the little windows.  While it is impressive that this went that long, the question is why?  The reason is that it was never trimmed or centered.  You see the candle could have gone longer if the wick had been centered and trimmed back.  Do you see how long that wick has gotten to be, and my child never trimmed it back?  While I could be mad, nope I am not.  This makes for an excellent opportunity to show you that while the candles are very low maintenance, they are not totally maintenance free, sorry haven’t got that figured out yet!

I will continue to burn this candle and show you that it is not ruined.  This candle can come back from this and still be a great and enjoyable candle.  No need to break it, repair the side or anything of the sort.  Simple light it and enjoy it after properly trimming the wick and centering once it gets burning.

I hope you have a great evening and my this helps you in some way.  Take care.

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Hi there!

So candles have been around for well over four thousand years.  They can be as simple as a wick, some wax and that’s it!  Today we call that a safety candle.  Pretty boring, but it does the job.  Candles have evolved into so incredibly much more.  We have the ability to color them, and to scent them to be just about anything you can imagine.  The important part though is that they are done well!  The important thing is that as they are done well they are tested properly so that when they arrive to you they burn properly and also do the job intended.  What is that job?  Well for the first thing, no smoking or soot for you!  That is the first sign of a improperly burning candle and one that is not made with the proper test or too long a wick to start.  As I go through and discuss the process of how I make candles as we go I will not only show you great candles I will tell you what to look for and what is a great candle!  I want you to have the knowledge that you need to know when you are getting the very best!  Thanks for reading and check back often.  Take care.