Candlemaking! Even though we'd never tried it before, I was confident enough that the girls would enjoy making rolled beeswax candles to buy some supplies in bulk from Knorr Beeswax. I figured that Sydney, my hands-on craft kid, would be the one to sit at the table for four hours in one day rolling beeswax candles, but I was surprised:
Syd hasn't touched the candlemaking supplies, but Willow apparently finds it a meditative, contemplative break from her immersive mental world (Matt and I call this "the Willowverse"), because she spent pratically an entire afternoon, and much of the evening, rolling out a huge variety of candles.
Well, of course someone had to sit with her and help out when she needed it (ahem), and so I ended up making quite a variety, myself:
I have a rolled beeswax candle tutorial up at Crafting a Green World, but they're really quite simple to make, even for little children. Willow found her niche in creating one particular size of two-toned candles so well that I encouraged her to consider making some to sell at our summer craft fairs:
"How much should I charge? One dollar?" she asked.
"Well," I said, "For every candle that you sell, I think that you should pay me $1 for the cost of the supplies, so you'll want to charge more than that, or you won't make a profit."
"I think that people would pay more."
"How about six dollars? Then, after you give me one dollar, you'd have..."
"Wow, five dollars!"
"And how about if you sold six candles?"
"Five...ten...fifteen...........thirty dollars! I'll buy some BeyBlades!"
"I'll drive you straight to the store."
There's still plenty of room for experimentation, however, as she then went on to make "the longest candle in the world":
And then the shortest:
I had thought that these beeswax sheets would be sort of a novelty craft supply, but I already need to order more! I'm thinking that we'll be doing more math with spiral forms this week.