I’ve been using this tool for years but only just noticed what’s going on inside.
I’m not sure how the wax got so far into the inside of the snuff, because I try to hold the bell over the candle until it uses up the oxygen and extinguishes itself. I almost always use cream or natural colored tapers, so the drops have been blackened by smoke.
This table by our library window, which looks out over a covered porch, is my favorite place to photograph things. I like shooting in the early morning natural light there. It’s also where I write first thing most mornings.