Candle Making History

Posted on Monday 10 May 2010

To learn about the history of candles get ready to dive deep into history. If you look at the history of the world it’s only been recently that candles weren’t needed for light. Primeval candles that resemble our contemporary candles were invented close to 6,000 years ago! Keep reading for more information about candle making history.

Let’s start by breaking down the history of candle making into two time blocks. Block one is pre-electricity. Block two is post- electricity.

Electricity is a natural time divider for the history of candles because electricity truly changed a candle’s function. The reason for burning candles before electricity was strictly utilitarian. This means that candles were just used to give light, and for no other reason. When electricity was conducted for lighting purposes, a candle’s function turned unessential. At that point candles were used for fun, not for necessity.

So how were candles made during the pre-electric era? Wax was always used to create candles but early candles were anything but rosy. These candles were made from animal fat extracted waxes. As you can imagine, these candles had a horribly pungent smell. In addition to this drawback, they burned black smoke.

A little later in history, Colonial Americans devised a new kind of wax made from bees. Bees wax was more pure than lard burning candles, however, bees wax was still difficult to mold. The perfect wax would need to burn clear, odorless and be easy to work with.

This all was leading up to the discovery of electricity in 1752 by Benjamin Franklin. However, it wasn’t until Thomas Edison came along over 100 years later that the light bulb was invented to conduct electricity. With these discoveries and technological advancements, electricity had a great purpose; finally homes would be lit without candles.

As luck would have it, right at the time of all of these technological advancements in electricity, there are also huge advancements in candle making. Around the late 1800′s a better wax was made for candle production. Paraffin is what is was called and it’s still used today for candle wax. And since that time wax for candle making continues to be developed and improved.

Nowadays, since candles are not a necessity for seeing in the dark, candle making has become a leisure activity. And with candles’ new recreational role, they have become a fun pastime, and/or business opportunity for people around the world.

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