The Candle Factory at Earthaven Ecovillage
(Transcript from video)
Paul: You can see how it shrinks down. This one here didn’t. The thin ones don’t shrink down so much, the deeper ones do.
Courtney Brooke: What are you all doing?
Paul: We’re talking about candles wax behavior.
Courtney Brooke: Wow! Look at that candle.
Paul: Yeah, okay let’s see….
Courtney Brooke: Here we are in the candle factory.
Paul: Okay so I am going to I’m pouring this wax back and forth in order to cool it off; so that it gets cool enough that the sand will not stick to it. I’m looking at its behavior as you pour it in how much it sticks to the sides etc and you can then tell. When it’s to the right temperature. And so I’m going to pour it in here, notice. How the sand has been shaped to a to a shape which is going to be a candle.
Courtney Brooke: Oh yes.
Paul: I’m going to pour this in like this and you can see down in there that the wax is not soaking into the sand. You can tell by the meniscus, by the edge, the round edge.
Stone: Meniscus. Is that what that’s called?
Paul: Yeah meniscus.
Stone: Thought it had another name.
Pau: Water in a glass or any fluid inside a vessel will have that.
Courtney Brooke: Wow, look at these.
Stone: Yeah this is my physics lesson as well as art.
Courtney Brooke: We’re having a physics lesson in the candle factory while making visionary art. Impressive.
Paul: So all this pouring and pouring back and forth is all in service of making this wax be the right temperature. So you can see now. You can see how at the edge is where it starts to cool the most and it starts to get flat looking not shiny. Lighting up. Well it kind of gets to where it’s not shiny…it’s not reflecting anymore. That’s because it’s causing the skin over the top, you can see….
Courtney Brooke: Look, get ready for this.
Paul: See those little spots
Courtney Brooke: WHAAAATTT??
Paul: Those are all like little places where it’s starting to harden and it doesn’t molecules…
Courtney Brooke: WHAAAATTTT???
Paul:…and spreads out.
Courtney Brooke: WHAATTT??
Paul: I’m going to do a couple pours of the same color just to get little lines in between the two layers.