Thursday, February 19, 2009
Candles, Romance, Beauty, Et Al....
We'd like to introduce you to a lovely line of handmade 100% natural beeswax candles that we are proud to offer you at Faded Elegance. Et Al Designs was founded in 1994 by Alina Bednarz, after a long & successful career in fashion design. Her goal is to design candles and accessories that bring beauty, creativity, and harmony to every environment.
Alina began manufacturing 100% natural beeswax candles and candelabras in her native Poland, learning to appreciate the art and beauty of the centuries-old handrolled candle tradition as she watched local artisans ply their craft. Using time-honored methods, Alina designed distictive candles with inlaid semi-precious stones, grains, cutouts and appliques that captured the American imagination for new and innovative styles.
The success of her Polish candle collection, paired with her fascination with Eastern philosophy and culture, inspired Alina to look to Asia and expand her vision. She now uses the same design standards in Asia as in Poland by utilizing unusual materials, innovative sculpting techniques, the finest quality beeswax, and the handwork of talented artisans to bring her designs to life.
Fashion-forward while respecting the traditional elements that inspire her, these beautiful works of art will light up your rooms in more ways than one...Another benefit of these candles is that beeswax is a natural ionizer. It emits negative ions when burning, which combat and reduce environmental pollution and indoor air problems in your home.
Alina offers a few simple tips for obtaining the most enjoyment with candles:
*The height of the wick determines the height of the flame. For optimal burning, trim the wick to 1/4" before lighting.
*With the initial burn of a candle, it should burn for 1 hour X its width in diameter - a 7" diameter candle should burn for 7 hours the first time you light it. This will allow the candle to burn down evenly each time you use it.
*Prevent uneven burning by keeping burning candles out of drafts.
*Use a candle snuffer to extinguish the flame, to avoid spilling or spraying wax caused by blowing it out.
*Votive candles will clean up easily when 1/8" water is added to votive holders before inserting candle.
*Taper candles should be stored flat to prevent warping.
*Wax can easily be removed from candleholders or linens - place item in the freezer, let the wax harden, then scrape off with a credit card! No scratches!
*Always burn candles on a heat-resistant and non-combustible surface, and never leave a burning candle unattended.
*Keep candles up out of the reach of children and pets at all times.
Image Credits: c. Et Al Designs and Faded Elegance