How to make warosoku
Although Western candles gain its share, there are artisans in Kyoto who continue making wa rousoku using the same technique since the establishment of the shop. Wa rousoku is now popular among foreigners as well, for the warmth of the fire and its uniqueness. In this article, we will show you how plant-based wa rousoku is created with care.
【Making a wick】
First, put a wick made with rush cone (plant used for a tatami mat) wrapped around washi (Japanese paper) on a bamboo skewer.
【Warosoku manufacturing process】
Put the wa rousoku wick in a wooden base and pour in wax.
Seize the timing and pull out a skewer from wa rousoku. (It cannot be too early or too late; it all depends on the skill of an artisan!)
When the top part hardens, quickly cut the top part with a warm knife. Wa rousoku will shrink unless the top part is cut right away.
After cooling wa rousoku in the base, pull it out from the base and trim the bottom part with a warm knife.
Kiji rousoku (plain candle) is made!!
Seijo kigake is the procedure to put candles under the sun to make them whiter, and to knead wax for decoration on them with hands.
Melt wax for decoration and knead it away (as much as possible) with a kneading rod to make wax whiter.
Put whitened wax on a skewed plain candle (seijo kigake).
Pull out wa rousoku with wax on it from a skewer and cut the bottom part with a warm knife. Cut the top wick out.
A white wa rousoku is made!!
For vermillion wa rousoku, melt vermillion pigment into wax and pour it on each candle with a dipper.
Light up wa rousoku, one of traditional Japanese crafts in your room. You will enjoy a cozy and warm moment.