I was in grad school the first time I made candles, somewhere around 2003? I’d been working intensely on my dissertation, Bodies in Motion, for months on end, and I just hit a point where I was absolutely SICK of staring at a screen; I couldn’t take it anymore. I went to the craft store, and somewhat blindly and compulsively, spent something like $200 I didn’t really have on craft supplies, all sorts. I kind of think it saved my sanity.
For the rest of the time I was working on that book, I alternated with stints of candlemaking and other crafty things, and it was so good for my eyes and hands and brain, to get away from the computer. So if you’re burning out on screen time and Zooming, might I suggest a different kind of burning? Winter is coming, and making your own candles is actually cheaper if you’re going to be burning a lot of them.
(For these, I used a leftover glass from an old candle, a salvaged jam jar, and a small canning jar.)