How to make candles

Written by Jennifer Hall

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To make molded candles, cutrepparttar wick two inches taller than you wantrepparttar 116126 candle to be, then thread it throughrepparttar 116127 hole atrepparttar 116128 bottom ofrepparttar 116129 mold, then plugrepparttar 116130 outside ofrepparttar 116131 hole with putty. Place a pencil or similar item overrepparttar 116132 top ofrepparttar 116133 mold and tierepparttar 116134 top ofrepparttar 116135 wick to it, centeringrepparttar 116136 wick. Ifrepparttar 116137 mold is cardboard, plastic, or glass, heatrepparttar 116138 wax to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Ifrepparttar 116139 mold is metal, then heatrepparttar 116140 wax to 190 degrees. You can use a candle or candy thermometer to measure this. Whenrepparttar 116141 right temperature is reached, liftrepparttar 116142 melter byrepparttar 116143 handle and slowly pourrepparttar 116144 wax intorepparttar 116145 mold. Let cool for twelve hours then refrigerate for twelve more hours, then your candle is ready to be removed.

To make votives and other small container candles, you can use pre-tabbed wicks by simply placing them inrepparttar 116146 center ofrepparttar 116147 votive candle molds or containers, then pourrepparttar 116148 wax mixture over and let stand for twelve hours, refrigeratingrepparttar 116149 votives.

Jennifer Hall is a writer who provides information on shopping online for and When she's not online, Jennifer's spending time with her family, gardening, or playing the piano or accordion.

Need a Low-Maintenance Pet? Try a Tarantula!

Written by V. Berba Velasco Jr., Ph.D.

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I do recommend reading up on tarantula care, so as to learnrepparttar proper care requirements forrepparttar 116125 specimen that you choose. Be aware that some species can be quite aggressive, and are not recommended for beginners. These species are less commonly available though, and are generally obtained via mail order. If in doubt, start with a Chilean rose hair, as this is an excellent beginner species.

Owners should be aware that even within docile species, there can be some individuals that are more aggressive than others. In addition, there is alwaysrepparttar 116126 possibility of an allergic reaction if you are bitten. In theory, this could result in a potentially fatal anaphylactic shock, although I am not aware of any circumstances in which this has actually happened. For these reasons, new owners should learn how to read a tarantula’s body language, and should stay away from species that have a reputation for biting without provocation.

Also, do remember that you never have to actually holdrepparttar 116127 tarantulas—just as you never have to actually hold your aquarium fish. I recommend reading up on handling techniques, so that you can moverepparttar 116128 animals around without having to touch them. This can be helpful for those who are squeamish, or who simply wish to be cautious. When in doubt, err onrepparttar 116129 side of safety.

If you’re not intimidated byrepparttar 116130 prospect of keeping one of these wondrous creatures, then I recommend them highly. They can be quite addictive, and they never fail to entertain.

V. Berba Velasco Jr., Ph.D. is a senior electrical and software engineer at Cellular Technology Ltd (,,

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