Fashion Phenomenon

Fashion literally refers to the way a thing or phenomenon is carried or processed in its true sense at any point in time so basically it is a trend which is followed by masses in a society or culture. In our daily life routine we usually refer fashion to the way people dress up or the way people present themselves at a particular point in time and thus this particular trend is followed at that point in time. These days there is an industry which is called as the fashion industry and the basic role of this industry is to project and promote the latest trends in clothing and cosmetics as well. Thus people follow the latest fashions portrayed by the fashion industry.

Models both male and female are the integral part of the fashion industry and are involved in setting latest fashions in society in terms of clothing. There have been many trends followed by society at different points in time and these days some of the trends are becoming widespread and even universal as people around the whole world have a faster and easy access to each other’s cultural information and latest trends. Similarly there are some major and extremely famous brands in the fashion industry which are attacking markets all over the world due to which people of most of the countries are familiar with some big names. Each and every culture has its own kind of fashion which has gone through many changes by the time and now different cultures are merging into each other by sharing their fashion and coming up with a common trend.

Fashion has many modes and kinds which these days are being followed by most of the people in this world. Fashion is not particularly confined to the trends in clothing or any kind of cosmetic product but it has wider branches or simply it is evident in every thing like in eating or buying stuff for decoration of home or it can be in cars or any other thing. Thus fashion is a broad term which can be applied to many phenomena.

The existence of candles can be traced way back the times of the ancient Egyptians. Back then, bull rushes were dipped in tallow to create one. Later on, the Romans modified the candle by using a wick. Aside from lighting homes, candles were mainly used for rituals, worship and aid for night travels. Even today, they still play a significant role in adding solemnity to an occasion.

Nowadays, candle making has become a hobby for many people. Its uses have extended to other purposes - to relax and soothe the mind, to help create a romantic ambience in a room, for meditation and many more. More and more people have become interested in making candles from home. So, for all DIY crafters out there and for those who want to learn the art of candle making, here is a list of the basic equipment you need.

Wax

There are so many types of wax to choose from - gel, beeswax, paraffin and a lot more.

Scales

A scale is needed to weigh the wax and other ingredients in order to get the right quantity.

Moulds or Containers

The type of mould you use would depend on the kind of candle you want to create. Metal cans are recommended for beginners. Fancy moulds are sold in local craft stores.

Wick

The type and size of the wick you choose is a vital factor in candle making if you want to create one that burns properly. You can purchase wicks pre-tabbed or pre-primed.

Colour

To colour candles, you can choose from liquid dye, blocks or dye chips.

Thermometer

Wax needs to be melted up to 190º F. The thermometer will be used to measure the wax you are melting to ensure that you get the right temperature. You can use a candy thermometer for this.

Stove

This will be utilised for wax melting. A hot plate can also be used as alternative.

Saucepans or Pitcher

This will be for melting the wax. The double-boiler method is used by many people for candle making. To do this, simply fill half of a large saucepan with water then heat it on a stove. Fill a smaller saucepan with wax and place it inside the heated large pan.

Releasing Agent

Spray the agent on the mould before adding wax. Candles will be easier to remove from the mould when you use releasing agents, like vegetable oil.

Mould Sealer

This will seal the wick hole effectively and keep the wax from leaking out.

Other Supplies

This would include old newspaper (to cover the work surface), latex gloves (for hand protection), rubbing alcohol (to clean the saucepan before it totally cools down) and paper towels.

Candle making can be used as a hobby or for business purposes. As you become acquainted with the process, you can start experimenting with different sizes, colours, designs and fragrances.