Candle making - fast facts

Candle making - fast facts- The Egyptians formed candles that were made out of beeswax as early as 3000 BC.- The Chinese created candles from whale fat during the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).

Candle Making - Fast Facts

- The Egyptians formed candles that were made out of beeswax as early as 3000 BC.

- The Chinese created candles from whale fat during the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).

- In early China and Japan, tapers were made with wax from insects and seeds, wrapped in paper.

- In India, wax from boiling cinnamon was used for temple candles.

- Excavations at Pompeii, Italy, revealed several candelabra.

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- Before the mid-19th century, candles were made from tallow (a byproduct of beef-fat rendering). Paraffin wax is the most common candle wax but there are also candles made from gel, soy and beeswax.

- A candle manufacturer is traditionally known as a chandler.

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