[Disclaimer: Kerzenwelt provided a product sample that was used in this review but the product manufacturer had no control over or input into the content of this article. Opinions expressed are the author’s own.]
However, I was put off by the need to melt wax and then manipulate the hot substance. The idea made me nervous, concerned I’d get clutzy and burn myself, and so I hadn’t taken steps to trying candlemaking – until now.
What changed? While at Creativeworld in January I discovered a product called Wax Sand Art, from an Austrian company called Kerzenwelt.
Wax Sand Art is exactly what the name sounds like – sand sized granules made of candle wax. The product is made of 100% palm wax, and unlike a similar product available in the U.S. market, is available already scented! The bag pictured above, which is a little more than enough to fill a pint jar, retails for 9€, about $9.50 U.S. at today’s exchange rate.
Making a candle with Wax Sand Art takes only a few minutes. The first step is to place the wick in the container for the candle. A metal clip is provided that is placed on the end of it to anchor it. (It can be trimmed to proper length after the container is filled, or trimmed beforehand if you desire.)
I found that I needed to “burn off” the wick once and then the candle would stay lit when I lit it a second time. I thought it would burn quickly, being made up of small grains with air between them, but my candle is surprisingly slow burning.
The scent from the candle is lovely! I favor fruit scented candles (such as cherry and apple). The orange Wax Sand Art that I received as a sample smelled better than a glass of fresh Florida orange juice when I first opened the bag, and continued to smell as I burned it.
With no need for heat, and how quick a project it is, the possibilities for this product are endless. It’s a great project to do with kids for making gifts that parents and grandparents will actually use!
In Frankfurt, the company had some beautiful samples on display showing off the product’s ability to easily mix and layer colors:
Hopefully this product will come to the U.S. soon, but in the meantime it is available in Europe via the company’s online store.
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