We love wooden wicks, but sometimes they can be problematic. As a natural element they are not always the most predictable, sometimes refusing to stay lit. Because we feel they are very important to our Rituals line, I spent a night testing methods of candle resurrection.
Soy wax burns slowly, sometimes slower than the wick is burning itself down and this can cause issues with staying lit. First we want to make sure the top level is flat and we want the wick to be at least 1/4 above the wax level. You can use a spoon or butter knife to scrape out enough wax to achieve this (soy wax is easily cleaned off). Finally, use a heat tool or a hair dryer to melt the top layer of wax. Unfortunately a hairdryer will probably get some wax splatter on it during this process, but as we mentioned soy is easily cleaned off. Stay the course! When you have a small pool of melted wax light the wick.
Let there be light!
Madness, total madness. That is how I would describe our September! We have a few Wholesale orders on deck to restock your favorite locals, You guys are loving our Halloween items which is wonderful! And we have Death Salon coming up next week! In the middle of all of this a god damned FedEx truck hit my car! I blame Mercury but you can blame FedEx for slowing down our delivery process for a few days, isnt it ironic. We have an awesome holiday collaboration coming up as well and we brought on a pretty little elf to help with shipping so that we can speed up our process!
Although the studio looks like a teenagers room currently, I think we might actually reach our goal and get everything out the door before we leave for Philly at the end of the week! I will still be checking messages and trying to respond ASAP but if I miss anything feel free to reach out and remind me xoxo Thanks to everyone for keeping me so busy!
We have been excited about this for awhile and I am so happy that I can finally share the news! We are going to be a vendor at this year's Death Salon in Philly at the Mutter Museum! Not having yet been to the Museum I am out of my mind with anticipation! On top of just the amazing venue, the speakers and presentations planned this time around are what my deathy nerdy dreams are made of and our co-vendors are humbling to say the very least. I can not wait to buy up everything around us!
Tickets tend to sell out very Very VERY fast so hopefully you grab some up before they are gone and we will see you there! Find more information HERE
There is a good candle burn and a bad candle burn! We test all of our candles to make sure they are on their best behavior! What you want to see is a clear burn, a clean sided glass, even pools of wax melted to the edges without black smoke on the rim. See above!
To achieve these types of burns, always light the candle the first time for long enough that the melted wax reaches the edges of the container. This will help prevent tunneling and wasting wax. Plan on burning your candle for at least 2 hrs at a time for the best results thereafter.
This type of burn will make it easier to clean the glasses for repurposing!
Steff Metal wrote some really nice things about our candles over on her blog, www.steffmetal.com ! Check it out not only to read the review but also for her opinions about books, ouija boards and other elements of metal music and culture! Add it to your must read blogs!
Everyday I come across items that i love on etsy-- here are a few of them.
Because Music is such a huge influence on us here at Burke & Hare Co (we have an entire line dedicated to a specific genre after all) We decided to share what we are listening to with our candle friends (you xoxo). We will update as the mood strikes, but this playlist is hand in hand with our Darkwave collection. Dedicated and inspired by the bands and subculture that has inspired us for so long. New and Classic, Dancy or Somber, we cant get enough.
The darkwave collection is so dear to me specifically. I spent a lot of time making sure that this collection reflects my own personal style and preferences and is inspired by the things that have shaped me. Music, fashion and folklore combine into this line and hopefully speak to other people who grew up loving the same things.
We absolutely love the interior blog Gypsy Warrior has created and the pictures that are in it of our Ouija Board, Eye of Providence and Tarot candles! These candles really become statement items in your home & we couldn't be happier about the attention the pillars have been receiving!
Thanks to all of our customers <3
Caitlin Doughty is one of the few people I have encountered with a similar intellectual and humorous approach to death as myself, but with an obvious appreciation for all it means and encompasses. If you have somehow missed her hilarious Ask a Mortician vlog series, I advise you youtube them immediately.
"In the Middle Ages, in the Victorian Period, … cemeteries were places where commerce took place, and lovers walked through the graves to meet at night. You had this engagement with the cemetery as a community place, which we don’t really have anymore.”
A link to a really great article & interview with Caitlin can be found: Here