Many candle holders have a friction-tight socket to hold the candle upright. In case the candle is a little large for these holders, the candles can be shaved off with a sharp knife to make it fit tightly. The Hurricane is a large glass bowl having a large flat bottom and tall with mostly vertical curved sides. The pillar style candle is placed at the bottom center of the Hurricane. These usually have a pedestal.
The drip-catching ring is called a bobeche that can be attached to a candle holder, and can even be used by itself. These are made of a variety of materials such as ornate metal or glass, or even simple plastic cardboard or waxed paper.
Early European candles around AD400, were made from natural fats, tallow or wax. According to Wikipedia, in the 18th Century, spermaceti, which is oil produced from the sperm whale, was used to produce superior candles. Then in the late 18th Century, Colza oil and rapeseed oil came into use as much cheaper substitutes. By the way, I would like to add here that canola oil is made from the rapeseed. This is so inferior and cheap and in my humble opinion after research and study canola oil should not be used for food.
Candle followers are metal or glass tubes which sets around the top of a lit candle. This holds the melted wax and this structure or tube rests on the very top of the solid candle. These are deliberately heavy or weighted so they will move down as the candle burns. This prevents wax escape. Actually, the Candle Follower not only holds the melted wax, but is a decoration. The glass ones especially through light dispersion is very colorful and pretty to look at. These also shield the flame from wind.
Candle Holders can be decorative and adds to the beauty of the candles. There are various holders for different types of candles that can make the occasion very special.
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