Beeswax candles handmade from vintage glassware and bottles

beeswax candles handmade

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Update: I spun the random.org number generator — congrats to commenter Michelle, winner of these candes. These beeswax candles — handmade using molds created from vintage pressed glass bar ware, glasses and bottles — are just beautiful. The creative brainchild of Deva Mirel of Fresh Pastry Stand, these decorative candles elevate your standard pillar to a whole new level of happy. We love love love using vintage treasures in new ways! And the best part? You could win the set shown above — Deva has provided a set for a giveaway. Read on for more about these artisanal candles — and to learn how to enter the contest.

beeswax candles

When Deva contacted Pam and me about featuring her candles on Retro Renovation, we were blown away by their vintage charm. Moreover, Deva told us that we were the first blog she pitched to show her new creations — because she is a reader. That’s always nice to hear!

handmade beeswax candles

What a great way to use midcentury glasses, bar ware and bottles. We asked Deva for more information on how she got started making these lovely candles:

deva-mirel-fresh pastry standI started Fresh Pastry Stand in February 2012, making cake stands from vintage china. I love pairing the aesthetic of vintage dishes with a mix and match sensibility. But because the cake stands are either one of a kind or limited edition and I wanted to do this more than just for fun but as my career, I realized I needed to add a product that could be reproduced for wholesale, etc. 
One Etsy seller I am a huge fan of is Andies Specialty Sweets. I absolutely adore their work and am hugely inspired by their presentation of vintagey old school candies — especially their vintage button candies. So, their product line got me very obsessed with the idea of mold making. I just really wanted to do it. I looked around at different options — like resin jewelry — but the risk and toxicity of the materials did not appeal to me. Prior to Fresh Pastry Stand, I worked in natural foods catering so the quality and purity of materials is something I am sensitive to and feel strongly about.
I stumbled upon some videos of Martha Stewart making molded beeswax candles and became immediately interested in the material. Martha used colorants when making her candles but I found the natural beauty of beeswax so captivating, I decided to keep it absolutely pure. Martha was mostly casting objects from nature — gourds and branches — but I had an extensive collection of vintage wares on my shelves and knew that would be my niche. 
And one day while visiting the Goodwill I spotted all this 1950’s pressed glass barware. The texture caught my attention. I knew it would translate well into a tactile candle while keeping with the vintage aesthetic I so love. Some of the glasses I bought on that trip looked terrible when cast as candles. Most notably Anchor Hocking’s Lido pattern. Love it as a glass, leave it as a candle! The Tiki Tumbler pillar is cast from Indiana Glass Park Lane pattern. The short pillar is cast from a Libbey glass but I have not found any info on the gorgeous water goblet I used. Maybe your readers will have some info!

Deva debuted her beeswax candle line recently — after getting funding through backers on Kickstarter  — which paid for the candle making supplies and start up costs. Around the first week of August, Deva introduced the line in her Etsy shop and is currently working on making more molds, fulfilling Kickstarter rewards and working on packaging design.

mid century cast beeswax candleI’m just in awe of the detail that is able to be transferred from the glassware to the final candle. You can see every petal on those flowers — wow — how’s that for flower power?

mid century cast beeswax candlemid century cast tiki candleIt’s tough to choose, but I think this pillar candle is my favorite of the bunch — probably because I’m really digging the geometric design and tiki vibe. It would look great and create some funky mood lighting in my tiki room!

vintage bottle candlesPam says she is partial to the beeswax candles cast from molds made from vintage jars and bottles. These also would make for a memorable centerpiece for dinner parties, special events or family gatherings.

vintage bottle candleIt is never too early to think about shopping for the holidays — these candles might be just the right kind of gift for that hard to shop for vintage loving person on your list!

You can learn more about Deva’s candles by watching her YouTube Video or hopping on over to Fresh Pastry Stand’s Esty shop to check out all her designs.

Thank you, Deva, for making Retro Renovation the first blog you pitched with your story… for permission to feature all these beautiful photos… and for providing the giveaway!

win these

Wanna win the set above?
Enter by Thursday night

How to enter:

  • Leave a Comment about why you like these candles and want to win.
  • You must be in the U.S., so sorry, blame the hassle of trying to deal with customs.
  • Contest closes at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Sept. 6; Pam will choose a winner by random.org random number generator on Friday morning and email the winner. If she lands on Deva’s name, she will go on down. Winner must respond within one week. If they do not, she will choose another winner. Rinse. Repeat.
  • Pam will post the name of the winner at the top of this post as soon as they confirm.

Update: Contest entries closed. Selection of winner, described above, in progress!

  1. Debbie Blankensnhip says:

    I like them because they’re made of beeswax and are so unique with the vintage look. I’d love to win them to add a wonderful addition to my home and what a terrific conversation piece this set would make.

  2. Deidra says:

    I would love to win these candles! My husband and I just bought a new house and they would go great with our decor!

  3. Barb S says:

    I have always wanted a beeswax candle… I had no idea they create negative ions, now I *need* one! I love the look of the partially melted candle with the flame glowing inside. Brilliant idea, good luck!

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