Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Candlelight puts the "special" in special events, especially wedding reception parties.
The amazing 3" round candle is your basic building block for a simply elegant centerpiece. This versatile candle can be used in a glass cylinder, nestled in a bed of sand, salt or floating in a glass bowl. 
You'll notice a thin layer of salt in the sand in the cylinder on the left to give it a modern look - other types of "nesting" materials can be used - we suggest a contrasting color such as brown rice or dry black beans, for example, would be striking! You can decide the level of the candle and flame by the depth of the sand. Adding a few accents can be fun and personalize your creation. 

Of course the humble #round candle is 
traditionally used as a floating candle but here we used several flea market finds as candle holders. With or without water, you will see dazzling reflections through the glass. We like different heights and shapes as well in a centerpiece setting or scattered down the length of a dining table. 
Keep it simple with a square glass container loosely wrapped with a ribbon to coordinate with your color theme. Unscented white and ivory candles go with everything!

Below is a dramatic gold bowl discovered in a thrift store that was simply irresistible. This centerpiece would become the center of attention at your party! This big bowl is large enough to hold 4 (or maybe more) candles - the more candle flames to glow through the glass, the better. 
Remember that the candles burn out a circle in the center of the candle and the heat goes straight up so the glass will not be harmed in the least. At the end of the evening, simply pour out the water and the remains of the candles will flow out - dry the glass and it's ready for another party! believe in the quality and integrity of American craftsmanship. 
Our candles are made by hand in our small candle factory in Northern Arizona. 
Every candle is made from original designs that we created using our own molds. 
Artisan craftsmanship lends quality to our candles that cannot be found anywhere else.

We make beautiful hand-poured floating event candles for table-top centerpieces, garden pools and ponds and amazing reusable luminarias.     We share your passion for perfection in every detail.
We ship quickly because the perfect wedding day or special event for your family and friends requires perfect candlelight. #wedding planners are most welcome to contact us to establish an account for your business because you can count on us for great candles and service.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Roses, Daisies and Sunflowers to bring a bright cheerful look to a cloudy day!
We still have several weeks of winter but the thought of spring  - ahhhh. Get a head start with flowers! 

The trend today is in combining vintage with new. Refurbished tables, vintage tablecloths, mix and match dinner plates and added touches of personal favorites as accents.

This is great news because there's no way to make a mistake - everything "goes" together. As you know we specialize in floating candles and encourage you to try different designs and colors - mix and match #roses with #daisies! For a dinner party, we suggest unscented candles and for gifts, go with floral scented flowers or garden rose scented roses. 

Candles are de-LIGHT-ful gifts and last longer than a bouquet of flowers, although both are simply lovely! Perfect for "thank-you" gifts, birthdays and special occasions all year, candles are always welcome and appreciated.

Grab a big bowl out of the pantry, fill part of the way with water, add a few accents to the water if you like, gently lower the floating candles into the water and just like that - centerpiece!

 Bring some sunshine to a cloudy day with, of course, Sunflower candles. Set a cheerful table with a big bowl filled with glowing candles or, maybe individual cups of water with a single #floating sunflower candle at each place setting!
Looking for a really BIG sunflower for a centerpiece or backyard pool or pond? We make those too! Be sure to see the selection on the web site. 

Thank you so much for shopping local and for your interest in candles made in the USA.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Holiday Floating Candles add sparkle to your centerpiece!

Floating Snowflake candles
Let the party season begin. 
Set the table with a sparkling centerpiece with your favorite glass bowl or cups - what ever you like - + floating candles.
    Here's how to create a personal centerpiece with "something old" something new, ..."
No worries - the candle flames are in the center of the candle ~ the heat goes straight up - no contact with the glass container at all.

* Fill with warm water and maybe a few accents in the water or around the container. Pinch the wick and gently lower your candle into the water ~ light and enjoy! 
* At the end of the evening, just pour out the contents of the container and the remains of the candle(s) will flow out. Dry out your container and it's ready for the next party!

Looking for something a little different? Try our fanciful designs like #snowflakes, mistletoe poinsettias and holly leaves. Floating candles are designed to burn about 7+ hours - plenty of time for the party! You can choose scented or unscented. If you are having a dinner party you might prefer unscented so the candle scents do not interfere with the aromas of the dinner.
Mistletoe Floating Candles

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pumpkin candles for Thanksgiving table centerpiece.

Prescott and Prescott Valley are located about 5,000 feet above the "valley of the sun"  Phoenix and surrounding towns and cities. Here in the north country, we are still part of the desert with prickly pear cactus plants growing next to pine trees. But we do have 4 real seasons and right now, the  local farms are having pumpkin festivals and selling pumpkins galore at the farmers' markets. Our pumpkin candles are perfect to complete your fall centerpiece table setting. The 3" medium size are shown in the brass kettle in our photo. The 4.25" size can also be used as a floating candle or on a candle plate as a "novelty" pillar.    
Pumpkin Floating and table candles for Thanksgiving!

We have been making these #pumpkin candles for years and they are lovely candles for displays and gift baskets all through the fall and Thanksgiving.
We suggest adding a few sprigs of greenery from your garden for a natural accent and look for a vintage kettle or bucket as your container for the floating candles. Remember, the candles only burn a diameter in the center of the candle and the heat goes straight up so be sure there are no over-hanging flowers or garlands right above the lit candles. Pumpkin candles are a lovely choice for fall weddings for a classy, country feeling.
We like to say that Armadilla Wax Works is the "first name in floating candles" because we design and make so may different candles - for fall, holidays, weddings and spring settings.
All of our candles, colors and fragrances are coordinated so that your displays and gift ideas "go together" easily. Be sure to check out the complete fall collection that includes acorn and fall leaf floating candles as well as scented Autumn Spice and Orange Cinnamon candles.
You can count on quality American made craftsmanship from a candle company founded, and still owner operated, since 1971. 
Autumn Spice - a n amazing fragrance blens in the perfect fall color.Floating pumpkin candles for your Thanksgiving table centerpiece.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gorgeous fall colors ~ fall in love with fall candles!

Add a spot of color and candlelight to your fall centerpiece decor with beautiful autumn colors in 3" round floating candles and 15 hour votive candles.

You CAN create a wonderful centerpiece with a few simple choices.
Start with a few glass cylinders or other glass shapes you might have in the kitchen.
Fill with room temp water to the level you want.
Add a few silk or natural accents to the water or around the containers.
Gently add floating candles to the water, light and enjoy! 
Looking for just a little color and candlelight here and there? Look to votive candles in fall colors for those little accents. All of the candles made by the Armadilla Wax Works are hand crafted and solid color throughout - not over dipped. The fall collection includes unscented fall leaves, votives, round colour spots, acorns, pumpkins, sunflowers and maple leaves. So much fun!
Everybody loves warm fall colors and candlelight to welcome family and friends. Thanks for choosing quality candles made in Arizona by the Armadilla Wax Works since 1971.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Simple elegance - tips for creating a floating candle centerpiece with round floating candles.

The fall season brings to mind special times for family and friends. A simple dinner at home or a special anniversary can be the highlight of the week with a few candles on the table. The warm glow of candles makes us feel welcome.

 'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come 'round right.
 "Simple Gifts" was written in 1848 by Elder Joseph while he was at the Shaker community.
Tips for creating a floating candle centerpiece ~  choose a container - glass offers a clean fresh look and amazing unexpected reflections through the water and the glass. If you have cylinders as in the photo above, that's great but you can choose something right out of your kitchen - a water glass or a fruit bowl are lovely.
Personalize ~ Add a few accents like glass beads or marbles, a cutting from the garden or a piece of a silk flower garland - yes - silk flowers work great because silk is a durable fabric and the piece can be used time and again.
Next, add room temperature water - remember that when you add the candle it will displace some of the water and the level will rise a bit. 
Pinch the wick and gently lower the candle into the water. Light and enjoy! Simple!
At the end of the evening (never leave a burning candle unattended) pour out the contents of the container and the remains of the candle will flow out as well. Dry off the container and start fresh the next time.

The combination of the candle flames and the water is so unique - opposites that work so well together. Looking for a simple way to show how much you care may indeed include something as simple as candlelight on the table. Romance is always in style!
An old friend had the following message made in to a bumper sticker and he used to hand them out at trade shows "Focus and simplify". Always a good thought. 

Just to let you know, here at the Armadilla Wax Works we are working on a new fall color palette for fall leaf and round floating candles. Check back soon for photos of the new candle colors!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Peace through music, and candlelight.

With our recent blog post about our new Orchid Floating candles and exotic places, travel and meeting new people is on our minds especially this time of the year. 

If you have not heard about the non profit organization, Playing for Change, let me introduce you.
Founded in 2002 by Mark Johnson with the simple idea of peace and connecting the world through music.The foundation is "dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world, and creating hope and inspiration for the future of our planet."

The link on the logo below will take you to the web site and where you can choose from and listen to 94 episodes of incredible music played by musicians from all over the world. Recorded on street corners, in alleyways, on roof tops, fields and studios, you will fall in love with the music. Playing for Change "Connecting the world through music." Enjoy ~ and join!

 Let's talk about floating candles! The magic, of floating candles on the water, is in the combination of natural elements - fire and water. The flame seems to dance before our eyes and the water reveals surprising and amazing reflections.

Hibiscus floating candle for pool or pond.
Ceremonial floating candles in India.

Floating candlelight on the water is not a new idea. Often used for ceremonies and celebrations around the world, candle light is a symbol of love and peace as it offers light and warmth and a quiet time to reflect. In our busy, information-rich age, sometimes it's a good idea to "unplug" and light a candle, sing a song, you know, "chill". We hope that our candles help you to do that now and then.