Hi everyone! I hope you had a great week-end. I performed a pretty major overhaul at my antique booth on Saturday, not before I popped into a couple of estate sales, though. I’ll share some of my vintage finds with you tomorrow. Today’s post deals with a quirky collectible you may be familiar with–novelty candles, particularly those made by Gurley.
What makes Gurley candles so special? If you were a child in the 50’s or 60’s, then your family likely owned a set, including Santa, a snowman, a reindeer, a soldier, and of course, an angel. If you were a child in the 70’s or 80’s, then you may have noticed them at your grandmother’s or perhaps your parents inherited them, and they graced your Christmas table. Today you often find them with imperfections–melted areas from time spent in the attic, some grime from grubby hands, or a layer of dust from the basement.
Easily recognizable by their cherubic faces, each candle would originally have born a cardboard label like this one on their base. If the glue adhering the label to the base dries out, the label frequently falls off, so many Gurley’s have no label.
Today’s post answers the question, “How can you clean a dirty Gurley candle?” This is what my Gurley angel looked like when she was given to me by my sweet friend, Bev. She rescued her from a free box at a garage sale and passed her onto me.
You will need three items to clean your Gurley’s (or any other candles for that matter): hot water, cotton swabs, and old panty hose (mine is white). The hose acts as a minor abrasive to clean away light dust and/or grime. The swabs help with hard to reach areas.
You can see some light grime/dust on her face and just above her shoulder. To clean the wax, I wrapped a bit of hose around my finger, dipped it into the hot water, and lightly rubbed until the grime disappeared. Repeat as necessary.
The process works extremely well–cleaning pretty thoroughly while maintaining the integrity of the wax.
Here you see an area before cleaning on the left, and an area after cleaning on the right. Quite a difference, isn’t there? I just love it when there’s an easy fix for a fairly common problem like this.
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