How to make candlesWritten by Jennifer Hall
Continued from page 1
To make molded candles, cut wick two inches taller than you want candle to be, then thread it through hole at bottom of mold, then plug outside of hole with putty. Place a pencil or similar item over top of mold and tie top of wick to it, centering wick. If mold is cardboard, plastic, or glass, heat wax to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. If mold is metal, then heat wax to 190 degrees. You can use a candle or candy thermometer to measure this. When right temperature is reached, lift melter by handle and slowly pour wax into 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 in center of votive candle molds or containers, then pour wax mixture over and let stand for twelve hours, refrigerating votives.
Jennifer Hall is a writer who provides information on shopping online for http://www.candles-4-u.com/scented_candles.htm http://www.candles-4-u.com/candle_making.htm and http://www.candles-4-u.com/candle_holders.htm 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.
Continued from page 1
I do recommend reading up on tarantula care, so as to learn proper care requirements for 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 always 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 hold tarantulas—just as you never have to actually hold your aquarium fish. I recommend reading up on handling techniques, so that you can move 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 on side of safety.
If you’re not intimidated by 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 (www.immunospot.com, www.elispot-analyzers.de, www.elispot.cn).