A few days ago, my one-year-old brother broke one of my favorite Yankee candles. I wasn't really mad though, because it had gotten to the last inch or so and I never used it. Then I thought, "Why don't I melt it down and make a new candle?"
So I dug it out of the trash and stabbed the wax out of it using a knife (carefully, of course--there was broken glass). Then I dumped it into a mason jar.
Since one inch of broken wax wasn't going to make me a full candle, I looked around the house for more ideas. One of my favorites is "ring removal".
See how we hadn't burned the candle evenly? Wax rings formed and stuck to the sides. I pressed on some, used scissors on others, and added those to my jars. To get even more wax, I had to kill a few more candles that were too small for me to really use. I even went to the dollar store and bought a 3 oz candle for a dollar and some WAX MELTS??? for two.
Then I divided them up into two 8 oz. mason jars--one for "Christmas" smells, such as hot chocolate, vanilla, peppermint, and coconut. The other one had some lemon, lavender, and Sun and Sand from Yankee candle.
|In the Pyrex is the Christmas wax, the mason jar has the summer scents, and I have a little extra wax melts in the plastic box.|
Here are my other utensils:
Clean jars and lids, crayons for coloring the candles (I ended up using the purple and brown ones near the end), and these wicks from Joann Fabrics. Note: When I make candles again, I'll be using different wicks. These ones don't work well.
I didn't really plan to follow any candle making instructions, but I'm glad I at least looked around. Apparently wax can catch fire if it's too hot, so don't put it directly on the stove, and don't set it past medium heat.
|I poured about two inches of water into a pot, and then stuck the Pyrex into that. I didn't have to call the fire department, so I guess I did something right.|
|Then I stirred it a lot. Don't ask me up what the purple stuff is on the burner--I have no idea. Here I'm melting the Christmas candle, so there's no purple wax involved.|
|After it was completely melted, I poured a tiny bit into the clean jar, which was waiting with the wick.|
I taped two chopsticks around the wick to keep it steady, and then I poured in about half an inch of melted wax to hold the wick straight for when I poured in the rest of the wax.
Actually, I didn't figure that out until the second candle. For the Christmas one, I used too little wax, and that wasn't strong enough to keep the wick in place. Try to pour in enough wax so cover the whole bottom of the jar.
|In the purple candle, you can see the first layer I poured. That worked much better than the dab I put into the brown one.|
|After it hardened, it imploded. My dad said the same happened when you pour plastic into a mold--since the outside hardens faster, is make a hole.|
I had kept a little wax in reserve for when it would implode, but I didn't save nearly enough. Then I had to melt down more wax, which I colored with the purple crayon (or the brown one, for the winter candle).
|Ta-da! Hot Coconut and Lavender.|
When I lit the Hot Coconut one, the wax pool was tiny.
|Small Hot Coconut, large Hot Coconut, and small Lavender. The large Lavender broke, so I need to melt it down again.|
And there you have it! They smell pretty good. I recently ordered more beeswax, some dyes, new wicks, and empty chapstick containers. Expect more posts on what I do with those. ;)