A friend of mine is in the business of making and selling scented candles
(www.chrissyscandlecove.com) She is just getting started with the local
craft show circuit, and over dinner the other night we discussed making
some display racks for her stock (she is presently using cheapo cardboard
holders much like egg cartons). Anyhow, I offered to whip up a prototype
display rack for her - the candles sit in holes in 1/4" poplar shelves. I
intend to stain it (Minwax dark walnut). The question is this: Will a few
coats of polyurethane seal the wood against contamination by the scented
oils in the candles? Her present cardboard holders are all stained and
oily from one show. All advice greatly appreciated. Thanks!
"Value nothing but truth, compassion, and love."
It is hard to say what may or may not ooouuzzz out and stain the finish or
dissolve the finish.
What if you make the racks and sell her square wooden candle bases to be
sold with the candles? That would eliminate the worry of the candle
staining the rack.
Wed, Nov 16, 2005, 7:36pm (EST-1) firstname.lastname@example.org (Amused)
Probably not. But, if you're going to worry about it, wrap the candle
bases in aluminum foil.
Or, try it with a piece of scrap wood first. Or, use those glass
candle holders. Or, those metal candle holder.
Just pretend I'm not here. That's what I'm doing.
it'l seal against scented wax, but not against charring from the flame.
Candle holders should be metal or glass, not wood. Otherwise a candle
chars the holder when it burns out. You'd have to have an unlucky
combination of circumstances to make this a fire hazard, but it looks
I use 22mm copper pipe end caps as candle holders.
Nope, the atmosphere gets there first. They only get warmed up in the
bottom centimetre of the candle and most people will change it before
then. It's just a safety measure for people who leave them burning.
Hey, it's a candle holder. The ones I make are faked gothic tat anyway
(arched mirror frames). It's not oxidation, it's patina.
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