MEET DEYLAN, TWW’S SECOND YOUNGEST ARTIST!
For our second ’10 Questions,’ we are keeping ‘second’ as our theme! So, we chatted up the second–youngest artist with Tanglewood Works: Deylan!
In our sit down with this talented and funny teenager, we learned his process for making candles; how he got the candle-making bug; and what he likes to do when he’s not pouring wax. Think you’re up for the home-made candle-making task? Read on to hear this 13 year-old’s tips and greatest trip-ups!
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TWW: How did you become interested in making candles?
Deylan: I used to ask for candles for Christmas and got them in my stocking. Then, one year, I got a soy candle-making kit with essential oils. I tried it and liked it. Plus, my Mom made the suggestion that if I got good at it, I might be able to make money doing it.
TWW: What goes into making them?
Deylan: First, you have to find something to make the candles out of. I use cups. I find mine at thrift stores and at yard sales. I like to use china, silver and crystal. Then, you’ve got to get wax. I use soy wax, but beeswax is nice too. It is really expensive, but I’ve heard that it has health benefits. I melt the wax on the stove. When it’s reached the correct temperature, I pour it into one of the cups after I secure a wick to the bottom of the cup.
TWW: How long does this whole process take?
Deylan: It takes a full day for me to make a whole shelf of candles.
TWW: What is one of the hardest parts of candle-making?
Deylan: Well, trying to do it without making a huge mess is hard! Really, the hardest part is the wick. If the wick is too thick, it can break the cup. If it’s too thin, it just makes a big circle as it goes downward.
TWW: How do you come up with the candle scents?
Deylan: Sometimes I look at candle websites to get ideas, but other times I just think about scents that I like. I like to make my candles seasonal, so I gain inspiration from the current or upcoming time of year.
TWW: Of all the candle scents that you have made, what are some of your favorites?
Deylan: My favorites have been the mocha and buttered rum ones. I love the way they smell!
TWW: What are some words of advice or tips that you would share about candle-making?
Deylan: Make sure you don’t spill the wax all over the floor and try to clean it up with a credit card before it dries, only to have your Mom tell you to wait until it dries! For this reason, I would recommend putting trash bags every where near where you are working, so that you can collect any wax that make drip or spill.
Oh, and don’t get the oil flavoring on your arms. It may smell delicious, but it will burn you!
I wouldn’t recommend smelling the scent oils directly. It can make you feel sick and really hurt your nose.
TWW: What’s it like being a kid-trepeneur?
Deylan: Well, I make more money than most other kids, but I am very bad at saving it. I need to work on that. It also gives me a sense of independence.
TWW: When you’re not working on your awesome candles, what would we find you doing?
Deylan: I am probably sleeping, eating, playing video games or hanging out with Rosie, my dog.
TWW: When you get older, what do you want to do professionally?
Deylan: I want to be a professional sofa tester. [Grins]. (You can tell he’s a teenager, right?!)