Sunday, June 21, 2015

Armadilla Artisans studios, workspaces and shops!

You may have heard about "#Shop Local" promotions in your area - keeping your local economy thriving by supporting local independently owned retailers, artists and restaurants. These unique businesses and creative musicians and artists give your community the home town personality that appeals to tourists as well as residents. It makes a real financial impact and encourages a sense of pride when we support our local companies. Businesses that represent a connection to their place for many years. 

The #ArmadillaWaxWorks is one such company. Founded in old town Tempe in 1971 and still designing and making hand crafted candles here in Arizona - we often like to say: Arizona's candle makers since 1971". With loyal customers these many years, the candle store, at the workshop in Prescott Valley, is expanding to welcome artists and crafts people to share spaces with us.     Come see us: 2651 N. Industrial Way, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
We are creating an environment for collaboration and creativity for people who are serious about their work and makers of great stuff. 

We are looking for artists and crafts people who may have out grown their home based studio, kitchen or garage and are looking for more space or maybe just a space that will allow a sort of "incubation" of ideas and a connection with other makers and customers. 

We are proud to showcase the following companies:
POLKA GOAT FARM  - Korie makes simply divine and colorful nourishing soaps and lotions from gentle goat's milk and other natural ingredients.
  Her unique soap making process creates large bars of soap with swirls of colors to coordinate with the fragrance blends. The soap takes several weeks to cure and provides weeks of rich lathering fragrance soap. Using a professional mixer, she makes large batches of lotions that are so nourishing, you only need a small dab to moisturize your dry skin - and honestly, here in Arizona, this is a big deal!      

WEBB'S WEATHERED WOOD - Steve specializes in using reclaimed weathered pallet wood for his hanging garage doors and home decor items. Each door is custom made and his wall plaques and trays are hand crafted with no two items exactly alike.



Hot plate to finish and level pillars.
Votive candle molds.
Here are a few "tools of the trade" that are indispensable to making Armadilla Wax Works' candles. Over the years we have
learned how to use a durable rubber
mold material to create a signature texture or detailed designs.

Pillar candle molds.

All of our candles are hand
poured and we do not use
paints for some of the swirls
of color - everything is wax.

This is one of our most popular #floatingcandles.
This hibiscus candle is 5" diameter, unscented and can be used in a pool, pond or great big punch bowl as a table-top centerpiece. For a tropical summer party theme, our #hibiscus and our #waterlily candles are very beautiful.

Thank you for shopping local and supporting your local artists, crafts people, musicians and restaurants. On behalf of Armadilla Wax Works, Webb's Weathered Wood and Polka Goat Farm ...we thank you!

For information about spaces available, please come by or give us a call: 928-772-1898

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Making sunflowers candles and ideas on how to create a display. Who doesn't love Sunflowers?

One of our most favorite candles and flowers: SUNFLOWERS! So charming and versatile for any season and special occasion.
 Here at the candle factory we make hundreds of sunflowers every week - you see two sizes - a 5" diameter size which is great for a birdbath, pool or big punch bowl - and a 3" diameter that is just right for single place settings or in a group in a centerpiece bowl.
    We took this photo showing how sunflower floating candles can be used in several different types of bowls. It's fun to use flea market finds and mix 'n match your centerpiece!
   When we talk about "hand crafted" ~ the candle factory starts with our own original designs created in molds we have made right at the candle factory. The candles are made by pouring hot wax into the molds with careful attention to timing and the details of the mold. Of course the #sunflowers are two colors - some molds are one color and some are even three colors. We do not use any paint - all of the colors are wax. This is one of the techniques that makes our candles uniquely Armadilla wax Works' designs and quality craftsmanship.


We even take our own photographs of our candles for our web site and store displays.

Taking photographs of floating candles can be a challenge because they sometimes like to float around - they don't stay in one spot for long. We hold our breath and turn off the air conditioning so there are no drafts to cause the flames to flicker when we take the shot. Of course, in your home setting, the flickering candle flames are the added charm of the display sending amazing reflections through out the container and around the room!

Saturday, May 16, 2015
We have launched a brand new web site for wedding and event planners with our most popular candles for elegant candlelight. White or ivory unscented candles.

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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.