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Publication numberUS20020102507 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 09/771,509
Publication dateAug 1, 2002
Filing dateJan 29, 2001
Priority dateJan 29, 2001
Publication number09771509, 771509, US 2002/0102507 A1, US 2002/102507 A1, US 20020102507 A1, US 20020102507A1, US 2002102507 A1, US 2002102507A1, US-A1-20020102507, US-A1-2002102507, US2002/0102507A1, US2002/102507A1, US20020102507 A1, US20020102507A1, US2002102507 A1, US2002102507A1
InventorsAmy Riches
Original AssigneeRiches Amy L.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Candle having an aquatic look and method therefor
US 20020102507 A1
Abstract
A candle having an aquatic look has an outer foundation. The outer foundation is used for holding the candle. A base layer is placed within and on a bottom section of the outer foundation. A gel wax layer is placed within the outer foundation and on top of the base layer. Aquatic theme items are placed in the gel wax layer. A wick is then inserted in a top section of the gel wax layer.
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Claims(17)
What is claimed is:
1. A candle having an aquatic look comprising, in combination:
an outer foundation for holding the candle;
a base layer placed within and on a bottom section of the outer foundation;
a gel wax layer placed within the outer foundation and on top of the base layer;
aquatic theme items placed in the gel wax layer; and
a wick inserted in a top section of the gel wax layer.
2. A candle having an aquatic look in accordance with claim 1 wherein the outer foundation is made out of a translucent material.
3. A candle having an aquatic look in accordance with claim 1 wherein at least a potion of the outer foundation is translucent.
4. A candle having an aquatic look in accordance with claim 1 wherein the base layer is formed of either sand, kitty liter, dirt, or mixtures thereof.
5. A candle having an aquatic look in accordance with claim 1 wherein the gel wax layer is a non-burning gel wax layer.
6. A candle having an aquatic look in accordance with claim 1 wherein a fragrance is added to the gel wax layer.
7. A candle having an aquatic look in accordance with claim 1 wherein the aquatic theme items comprises imitation and real aquatic theme items.
8. A candle having an aquatic look in accordance with claim 7 wherein the aquatic theme items comprises coral, shells, plant life, fish, starfish, seahorses, and combinations thereof.
9. A method of making a candle having an aquatic look comprising the steps of:
providing an outer foundation for holding the candle;
laying a base layer within and on a bottom section of the outer foundation;
laying aquatic theme items on a top surface of the base layer;
laying a gel wax layer within the outer foundation and on top of the base layer;
placing aquatic life in the gel wax layer; and
inserting a wick in a top section of the gel wax layer.
10. The method of claim 9 wherein the step of providing an outer foundation for holding the candle further comprises the step of providing an outer foundation for holding the candle that is shaped like an aquarium.
11. The method of claim 9 wherein the step of laying a base layer within and on a bottom section of the outer foundation further comprises the step of laying a base layer comprising either kitty liter, sand, dirt, or a mixture thereof.
12. The method of claim 9 wherein the step of laying aquatic theme items on a top surface of the base layer further comprises the steps of:
inserting imitating sea plants into the base layer; and
laying sea life on the base layer.
13. The method of claim 12 wherein the step of laying sea life further includes the step of lying either coral, shells, starfish, and combinations thereof.
14. The method of claim 9 wherein the step of laying a gel wax layer within the outer foundation and on top of the base layer further comprises the steps of:
placing a desired amount of gel wax in a container;
heating the gel wax until the gel wax has liquified; and
pouring the liquified gel wax into the outer foundation.
15. The method of claim 9 wherein the step of placing aquatic life in the gel wax layer further comprises the step of placing fish and sea horses in the gel wax layer.
16. The method of claim 9 further comprising the step of adding a fragrance to the gel wax layer after the gel wax layer has been laid within the outer foundation.
17. The method of claim 9 further comprising the step of cooling the gel wax layer after the gel wax layer has been laid within the outer foundation.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] This invention relates to candles and, more specifically, to a scented candle which looks like an aquarium and a method of making the aforementioned.

[0003] 2. Description of the Prior Art

[0004] Candles have been around for many years. Recently, candles have become popular, once again, as a way to decorate ones home. People are placing candles of different sizes, shapes and scents through out one's home. The problem with candles is that they have not changed much from candles made in the past. Candles are basically made by placing the wax in a mold. While the wax may be of different colors, and the candles may be of different sizes and shapes than in the past, candles are still very plain and dull looking. Present candles are not very decorative or artistic in appearance.

[0005] Therefore, a need existed to provide an improved candle. The improved candle must be more decorative and artistic in appearance. The improved candle must not only be decorative and artistic in appearance but must also provide a nice aroma whether or not the candle is being burnt.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0006] In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, it is an object of the present invention to provide an improved candle.

[0007] It is another object of the present invention to provide an improved candle that is more decorative and artistic in appearance.

[0008] It is still another object of the present invention to provide an improved candle that is not only decorative and artistic in appearance but also provides a nice aroma whether or not the candle is being burnt.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0009] In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention a candle having an aquatic look is disclosed. An outer foundation is used for holding the candle. A base layer is placed within and on a bottom section of the outer foundation. A gel wax layer is placed within the outer foundation and on top of the base layer. Aquatic theme items are placed in the gel wax layer. A wick is then inserted in a top section of the gel wax layer.

[0010] In accordance with another embodiment of the present invention a method of making a candle having an aquatic look is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of: providing an outer foundation for holding the candle; laying a base layer within and on a bottom section of the outer foundation; laying aquatic theme items on a top surface of the base layer; laying a gel wax layer within the outer foundation and on top of the base layer; placing aquatic life in the gel wax layer; and inserting a wick in a top section of the gel wax layer.

[0011] The foregoing and other objects, features, and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following, more particular, description of the preferred embodiments of the invention, as illustrated in the accompanying drawing.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0012]FIG. 1 is an elevated perspective view of the improved candle of the present invention.

[0013]FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional front view of the improved candle of the present invention.

[0014]FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional top view taken along lines 3-3 of FIG. 2.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0015] Referring to FIG. 1-3 wherein like numerals and symbols represent like elements, an aquatic candle 10 (hereinafter candle 10) is shown. The candle 10 is different from prior art candles in that the candle 10 is more decorative and artistic in appearance. The candle 10 has an outer foundation 12. The outer foundation 12 is similar to a small aquarium. The outer foundation 12 may be of any size or shape. The outer foundation 12 may be a circular bowl or the like. However, the outer foundation should be made out of a clear or at least translucent material. This will allow light to shine through the outer foundation 12 when the candle 10 is lit.

[0016] The outer foundation 12 may be made out of a single piece of material. However, in the embodiment depicted in FIGS. 1-3, the outer foundation 12 is made out of a plurality of pieces. The outer foundation has a body section 14. The body section 14 may be made out of a single piece of material or multiple pieces. The body section 14 may be of any size or shape. In the embodiment shown in FIGS. 1-3, the body section 14 has a plurality of walls 14A. The walls 14A are clear or at least translucent so that light may shine through the walls 14A. The walls 14A may be made out of glass, plexiglass, acrylic or similar materials.

[0017] A bottom bracing 18 is used for holding the body section 14. The bottom bracing 18 has a flooring 18A with a raised lip 18B. The raised lip 18B is generally made out of a rubberized material. The bottom of the body section 14 is placed against the lip 18B of the bottom bracing as shown more clearly in FIG. 2.

[0018] If a plurality of wall sections 14A are used, the bottom of each wall section 14A is placed against the raised lip 18B. The bottom bracing 18B is used to hold each of the walls 14A in the proper position.

[0019] A top bracing 16 may also be used. The top bracing 16 may be coupled to the top of the body section 14. The top bracing is especially helpful if a plurality of wall sections 14 are used in the body section 14. In this manner, the top bracing 16 will hold each of the wall sections 14A in the proper position thus preventing the walls 14 from moving. The top bracing 16 is generally some type of rubberized bracing.

[0020] As stated above, the top bracing 16 and the bottom bracing 18 will hold the body section 14 in the proper position. If a plurality of wall sections 14A are used, the top bracing 16 and the bottom bracing 18 will hold each of the wall sections together. However, in order to prevent leakage between the wall sections 14A, the wall sections 14A are generally coupled together with some type of calking. The calking will prevent anything held within the body section 14 from leaking out.

[0021] It should be noted that the description of the outer foundation 12 is just an example and should not be seen as to limit the scope of the present invention. The outer foundation 12 may be any type of aquarium looking item.

[0022] Within the outer foundation 12, a base layer 20 is placed. The base layer 20 may be sand, kitty liter, dirt, or a mixture thereof. The base layer 20 is used to give the appearance of the bottom of an ocean or lake. On top of the base layer 20, a plurality of sea life or imitation sea life 22 (hereinafter sea life 22) is placed. This may include: coral; shells; starfish; plants like seaweed, kelp and the like; and any other similar type of sea life which would be found on the bottom of the ocean, sea, or lake.

[0023] Once the sea life 22 is place on or in the base layer 20, a gel wax layer 24 is placed in the outer foundation 12 on top of the base layer 20 and sea life 22. The gel wax layer 24 is formed by heating a desired amount of gel wax in a container. When the gel wax has liquified in the container, the liquified gel wax is poured into the outer foundation 12. Gel wax may be purchased from a variety of different candle stores. One example of a gel wax is Wonder Water 200 produced by the Green Street Company. This type of gel wax is not a burning type of wax. It should be noted that this is just an example of a type of gel wax that may be used. It should not be seen as to limit the scope of the present invention.

[0024] Once the liquified gel wax is poured into the outer foundation 12, additional marine life 25 is placed in the gel wax layer 24. This additional marine life 25 may include fish, sea horses, and the like. Since the gel wax that was poured into the outer foundation 12 is semi-dense, the fish, sea horses, and other marine life will appear to be floating in the gel wax layer 24.

[0025] Once the gel wax is poured into the outer foundation 12, a fragrance may be added to the candle 10. Any type of liquid fragrance may be added to the gel wax to provide a scented type of candle 10. If a liquid fragrance is added, one should be careful not to add too much of the liquid fragrance to the gel wax. If too much liquid fragrance is added to the gel wax, the gel wax layer 24 may become clouded so that one may not be able to see the sea life 22 and marine life 25.

[0026] A wick 26 is then added to the top of the gel wax layer 24. A standard wax wick 26 may be used. The wick 26 is generally inserted in a central area on the top surface of the gel wax layer 24. The candle 10 is then set aside so that the gel wax layer 24 is allowed to cool.

[0027] Once the gel wax layer 24 has cooled, the candle 10 may be used. When the wick 26 is lit, the light from the flame will it illuminate the entire candle 10. The light will shine through the gel wax layer 24 illuminating all of the sea life 22 and marine life 25 in the outer foundation 12.

[0028] While the invention has been particularly shown and described with reference to preferred embodiments thereof, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that the foregoing and other changes in form and details may be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification431/289, 431/291, 431/253, 431/126
International ClassificationC11C5/00
Cooperative ClassificationC11C5/008
European ClassificationC11C5/00F