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Who Blew Out Kate's Kandles
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FEATURED ARTIST Comfortable Art 03/08/2013
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Just who blew out the candles? The sly eye of the sculpture might give you a hint, but maybe they were never lit. Photographed in Aurora, Colorado.
Candles once were made from tallow and beeswax until after about 1850, they were made mainly from spermaceti and purified animal fats (stearin). Today, most candles are made from paraffin wax. Candles can also be made from beeswax, soy, other plant waxes, and tallow (a by-product of beef-fat rendering). Gel candles are made from a mixture of mineral oil and a polymer.
The candle can be made of paraffin (a product of petroleum refining), microcrystalline wax, stearin (now produced almost exclusively from palm waxes though initially manufactured from animal fats), beeswax (a byproduct of honey collection), gel (a mixture of polymer and mineral oil), some plant waxes (generally palm, carnauba, bayberry, or soybean wax), tallow (rarely used since the introduction of affordable and cheap wax alternatives) or spermaceti (extracted from the head of a Sperm Whale). The size of the flame and corresponding rate of burning is controlled largely by the candle wick.
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March 6th, 2013
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