1. Follow steps I through 5 from "Homemade Herbal Beeswax Candles" on the facing page.
  2. For fragrance: Add perfume or fragrant oil to the melted beeswax. Mix well and stir as you pour to keep the oils in suspension. You can also dip the wicks into the oils.

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  • When making candles, keep in mind that hot wax can cause serious burns. Wear eye protection and work slowly to avoid splatters.
  • Wax is highly flammable—always heat at the recommended temperature with a double boiler, never directly on a burner.
  • Adding plant materials and essential oils to candles may cause them to sputter while burning. Be sure to place candles a safe distance away from flammable objects. Never let any candle burn unattended, if

For natural color: Enclose I teaspoon of coloring herbs in a muslin teabag and steep in wax lor If) minutes; remove bag and mix wax well. To test color, pour a drop onto white paper. Repeat the process with a new muslin teabag ol herbs until you reach the desired color

3. Continue with steps 6 through 12 from "Homemade Herbal Beeswax Candles." (In step 9r add decorative dried herbs to the candles, if desired.)

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Pinecone t~ire Starters

For a delightful forest fragrance from your home hearth, try pinecone fire starters. Artist JoAnn Stak of Dandelion Designs in Burlington, Vermont, enjoys making these simple, but ingenious crafts. A small basket of pinecone fire starters makes a nice holiday gift.

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