Design Review Report: Candles

For my project, I decided to make my own “homemade” candles. I usually cook more than once every day. To remove the smell, I use candles where I buy them regularly. So, I decided to use this opportunity to learn and make homemade candles where I can choose the scent and the shape of the candle. I believe that if I do this carefully, I can make a cheaper better-quality candle.

My inspiration for me deciding on making a homemade candle is the fact that I light a candle daily. I cook at least twice every day which really effect the smell of my apartment. To remove the smell, I use candles I which I light them every day after cooking. Another reason for choosing this project is that the candles I find at stores are overpriced or bad quality. Moreover, I rarely find a candle where I like the smell. The candles smells are usually strong which I do not like. Therefore, making my own candles will allow me to choose the scent and choose how strong it is. Also, it allows me to innovate a new shape and design for the candles.

My aesthetic goals are design and scent. I think innovating an aesthetic look of the candle will make it look beautiful. I bought some candles where I did not want to light them for the solo fact that they looked so nice. Also, I think smell is important too. I think smell can add a lot to the aesthetic of the candle because scent is the reason for buying candles. Thus, I think making a beautifully shaped candle that has a great smell would make my project really good and useful.


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  • Joseph Coulombe
    May 8, 2019 6:20 pm

    There’s a lot of difficulty that comes with creating a dynamic candle piece other than just the burning aspect of the wick and melting of the wax. There’s also other avenues that you could explore in relation to having multiple candles interact with each other

  • Brittany Callin
    May 8, 2019 5:57 pm

    This is a cool idea, I’m just worried you won’t be able to execute it. Have you ever worked with wax before?

  • I think your idea for making a candle mold is very creative. You didn’t mention what aesthetic you were going for in the molds though?

  • Nicole Maggio
    March 20, 2019 12:35 pm

    The aesthetics are basically endless with this. Whatever mold you choose can be your aesthetic. I also like the idea of a candle!

  • This idea seems very clean and straightforward. I like your current plan for making a mold and scenting your own candles. This exact spiral shape you have as inspiration might be kind of strange to use, though if you can make it work I like it.

  • Taylor Whittemore
    March 18, 2019 1:22 pm

    I think that this is a really cool idea. I am wondering how you are planning to get the spiral design that you are showing here in the wax itself. In addition, are you planning on pulling more wax up as it burns? how will you prevent breakage?

  • You have the function picked out, but not the aesthetic. What was beautiful about the candles you liked too much to burn?


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