Decorating with dripping candles

Teardrop candles fascinate us all. It is useless to hide it, even though I am always fascinated by it. But what makes them so incredibly irresistible? Perhaps they are the prelude to a story, a romantic evening, or the simple charm of ancient times. Anyway, in this article, I want to inspire you to use these beautiful candles as a decorative element for your table, living room, or bedroom.


Why isn’t my candle dripping?

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In ancient times, all candles dripped, which was not considered very suggestive, also because it was the only source of evening lighting, and walking around with a candle dripping in your hand must not have been exciting. So with the progress came the candles that do not drip but burn and melt internally. The practicality gains enormously, but we need the good and old drops for those who want to recreate a more rustic or antique effect.

Which candles are dripping?

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The elements that affect candle dripping are the type of wax and the type of wick used.

You should know that there are various types of wax with different kinds of casting, and it is this factor that determines the dripping. If the melting temperature is low, the candle will drip more quickly. The wick also enters this game which can accelerate the heat and, therefore, the melting point.

Today the candles on the market are almost all anti-drip. If dripping is the real reason you want to have candles, I advise you to buy online candles like these.

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If, on the other hand, you want a dripped effect but not too much, you can use the tricks that I indicate below.

Can I drip a candle that doesn’t drip?

Let’s read on the sites of candle manufacturers. We often notice the phrase that if not positioned correctly, the candles can drip. Then you can tilt the candles slightly so that some of the melted wax can slide out around your candle holder. Another method may be to place the candle in front of a current of air. Burning unevenly can cause your candle to drip.

If you are in a hurry and need a perfectly dripped candle to set up a table in no time, you can use the tricks in this video.

Decorate with dripping candles.

Today, dripping candles are a mere decoration gimmick.

In this case, we can see how they were inspired by the old wine bottles covered with wax, typical of Italian restaurants of the 1700s to decorate the tables for a wedding.

In this other inspiration, single candlesticks are used to let the wax flow along the edge to the base, saving the table from the drops of wax.

At Christmas, on the other hand, you can use a strictly red candle to create a scenic effect.

Dripping candles can also be used to decorate the garden, as in this case.

Related Article: Speaking of decorating inspiration, perhaps you might be interested in our guide on making an epoxy river table.

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As we have seen, past imperfections can be exploited to decorate the present. Candles are always an extremely valid, versatile, and economic element of decoration.

Send us your photos. We are curious to see the effect received.

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