...also called 'Cut-n-Curl' Candles or 'Cut-and-Carve'
All of the hand carved and the hand sculpted candles
shown at our site we create from "scratch". The
large blocks of high quality paraffin wax specially
formulated for "candle carvers" - are melted in
our custom-made wax tanks and "cookers".
We cast metal molds to create the peculiar-shaped
"center cores" for our hand carved candles.
Using a clear (transparent) wax allows our candles to
gives off a beautiful warm glow when lit - since light
passes through the clear wax - making these beauties the
'center' of attention!
The center cores are strung on a hand-held hook and
hand-dipped - one at a time - into hot colored waxes
using white in-between most colors to help separate the
colors - and to achieve specific colors. There can be as
many as 40 dips for just one candle to achieve the proper
thickness and shape. The last few dips determine the outside colorof the candle.... the inside colors are exposed when the candle
is hand carved. Our "dipping station" wax tanks
are custom made to our specifications. We have the
ability to hand-dip up to an 18" tall candle
depending on the diameter of the candle.
When all the dipping is done and the center core is now
about 1" wider than it's original size the candle is
hung from the hook and spins freely ready to be "cut
This is accomplished using special knives, tools, and
'fast but gentle fingers'... this process requires both
speed and accuracy. The wax is cut, twisted and sculpted
into beautiful intricate patterns exposing the inside colors. Patterns include twists and
spirals, criss-cross ribbons and bows, hearts, basketweaves, angels with wings and halo.
Each hand carved design can be uniquely different and wax
temperature will play a role in the final outcome.
Due to wax temperature the elegant hand carved cuts /
designs may vary - sizes may vary slightly AND colors may vary.
ALL candles will include white to separate the inside
Please also be aware that dark colors such as black, navy
blue, royal blue, dark or medium green, purple, burgundy
and red tend to bleed through the layers of white wax
over time. If you plan to display your hand carved candle
over a period of time we suggest you select light to
The most common cause of colors fading is exposure to UV
light, including direct sunlight, reflected sunlight
(such as being in a bright room), and even some
fluorescent bulbs. For this reason candles should be
burned as soon as possible. When storing candles keep
them wrapped to avoid any type of light, and store them
in a cool dark place.
Please note that we use the more expensive colored
pigments which resist UV light much better than the
cheaper candle dye.
COLORS and more about wax colors:
Matching a particular color is not always possible.
If you mail us a color sample make every effort to match
your color, HOWEVER we CANNOT guarantee color match.
There are standard colors in our wax tanks and to achieve
other colors mixing hot wax is necessary. As wax cools
it's color will change, so there's no way to see the
final color until it cools completely.
Please also keep in
mind as we're hand-dipping the candle into the hot wax
tanks we're creatitng layers of color. When going from
one color to another there will be some bleeding which
creates a new color or shades of that color. So going
from red to white will result in pink. This is a natural
mixing and binding of the colored waxes that come into
contact with each other. Darker colors are stronger
colors and will bleed quicker and deeper.
NO metallic colored
waxes such as gold, or silver.... if you've ordered a
personalized candle that gets decorated in silks we can
add some metallic trim when we decorate the candle, to
pull your colors together.
Visit these pages to view the best examples of inside and
* SPEED AND
The wax is cooling at a very high rate so the hand
sculpting must be completed in less than 2 minutes for
most size candles. That's the 'speed part'.... the
accuracy comes from having a sharp eye, keepiing cuts
even and level...and allot of experience.
Message from Diane...
As owner of this company I think you should know a litte
about my background and experience. I've been hand
carving candles for over 20 years. I was taught by a
gentleman who had just closed his candle shop (of many
years) and was moving out of state. He was willing to
share this beautiful art - and many well-kept secrets -
with me. His fee in 1990 was $1500 for a 40 hour week.
For nearly 4 weeks he and I worked side-by-side, only
breaking for lunch --and scrapping many, many
"center cores"! Precision cutting, carving and
speed can only come with many, many hours of practice and
Wax Wizard Candles, the retail store opened for business
the following week right next door to my Ceramic &
Art Studio where I taught ceramic and art classes for
more than 25 years - including hand-painting on porcelain
china, porcelain doll making, clay-sculpting, pottery
wheel, silk flower making and arranging, T-shirt painting
and air-brushing, pen-n-ink drawing, water colors ... to
name just some.
Because of my background in Art we can offer you custom
graphic designs to match your Wedding or Party theme.
Just let us know what you have in mind.
NOTE: Turnaround Time is always posted
right near the item offered or on the page where the
item's offered and here: http://waxwizard.net/TA.html
Thanks again for your interest in our hand carved
* MATCHING TAPERS
We offer Matching
Tapers for all of our Wedding and Unity Candles HERE.
The Unity Candle symbolizes the very essence of the
wedding ceremony. Two taper candles, representing the
couple as individuals, are used to light a single center
candle as a visible symbol of their commitment to each
There are many variations on the 'Unity Ceremon'y and the
individual details are completely up to you.
During the wedding ceremony the bride and groom, each
using a taper candle, light the Unity Candle together.
Our Matching Taper Candles placed on each side of the
Unity Candle make a gorgeous centerpiece for the head
Bridal Table and a suitable arrangement for Church.
Single or pairs of Tapers can be placed on guest tables
to add ambiance and beauty.
* MEMORIAL CANDLES
When you want to
remember someone who can't be with you to share your
wedding day. These are generally a simple design on a
smooth pillar candle. We can imprint a special verse or
your very own message.
* CANDLES FOR MOM,
DAD, THE IN LAWS, BRIDESMAINDS, ATTENDANTS ~
We can create
candles for ANY occasion with any message you'd like to
convery. We have a nice selection of verses, poems, and
prayers suitable for most any occasion. Please email us
if you're interested in having something special created.
* DECORATIONS ~
The Wedding and
Unity Candles are beautifully decorated with a variety of
silk flowers, ribbons, metallic leaves, pearl beads and
other tasteful embellishments - just enough to look
classy but not gaudy.
INVITATIONS & PHOTOS ~
be sent to us early
to allow time for graphic manipulation and lamination. We
have found that an oval-shaped insert (approximately
3.5" X 5.5") works well for most invitations,
photos, verses, etc.
Please Note --These items are not returned to you.
* CUSTOM GRAPHICS
& IMPRINTING ~
We can create a
custom graphics to match your Wedding or Party Theme.
Just tell us your ideas or what you have in mind.
* BURNING YOUR
Although most folks
"refuse" to burn these beauties, they are fully
See our Burning
* WEDDING AND UNITY
We offer a wide
range of sizes in Pillar
heights from 6 to 12 inches. These are smooth,
long-burning, smokeless Pillar Candles with all-cotton
We can create a simple Unity Pillar with your names and
wedding date, an elegant hand-carved Unit Candle, or
something elaborate with custom graphics designed to match your wedding
theme. We can imprint anything you'd like on the smooth
surface of these Pillars. They can also be decorated with
Birthday Countdown Candles, Anniversary Countdown
Candles, Unity Candles and Memorial Candles.
* OUR BRIDAL
Our Bridal Shop Store offers hassle-free shopping for
Bridal accessories including caketops, and custom made
caketops, guestbooks, pen sets, ring pillows, toasting
flutes, server sets, picture frames, place card holders,
money card holders, favors and much more!
We offer one of the largest selections of Cinderella
Cinderella Caketops, Guest Books, Pen Sets, Ring Pillows,
Ring Holders, Glass Slippers, Cinderella Candle Favors,
Coaches, Carriages, Castles, Slippers, Pumpkins,
Placecard Holders, Picture Frames, Cindy Charms,
personalized place cards and personalized favor tags