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==period [[candles]]==
#REDIRECT [[candle]]
Period candles could be made from two materials - [[tallow]] or [[beeswax]]. [[Tallow]] candles were yellow and smelly, whereas [[beeswax]] candles were nearly white and if they smelt at all, it was a pleasant smell of honey. While the poor made do with tallow candles, the rich and the church used beeswax candles refined so they were as white and pure as possible. Modern candles are generally made from the very white parrafin, and many yellow [[beeswax]] candles availible today are deliberately coloured yellow or purified less to keep a yellow colour to distinguish them from parafin (although sometimes you can get asian imports [[beeswax]] candles that are cheaper and whiter, although some may contain part parrafin).
Modern candles are molded (giving them their uniform width), a techniques that was not known until late in period. Prior to this candles were produced by techniqes such as dipping, dripping or rolling, all of which were very time consuming, adding to the cost of this article. Because of this non-uniform width, most candle holders or [[candelabra]] were of the variety with a bowl to catch drips and a spike to impale the candle on. [[Candleabra]] with fitted sockets for candles are a very late period invention, as they must postdate the common manufacture of molded candles. (although you can use these to hold your new oil lamp :-))
Until the renaisance, candles were not prefered as the main source of lighting a home - [[oil lamps]] were much more economical and equally bright, with no smell. [[Beeswax]] candles were used extensively by the [[church]] however, where lighting candles was important for religeous purposes.
see also:
*[[modern candles]] to substitute when feasting
*[[oil lamps]]

Latest revision as of 22:30, 10 September 2003

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