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Witness The Gorgeous Art Of German Candle Carving

Candle making has a long history spanning more than 2000 years. By the 1200s, candle making was a guild craft in France and England. The popularity of candle making rose during the Middle Ages throughout Europe. German artisans were the first to begin hand carving candles. However, the idea spread, and it reached America in the 1800s via German immigrants. The decorative nature of hand carved candles means they need particular care. Hand carved candles should typically be burned for shorter periods of time. Two hours or less is usually ideal. After a well is formed about two or three inches deep, a votive candle can be placed and burned inside to avoid any harm to the candle's design.
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