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Recycling and Candle Making

Posted on June 12, 2017 at 2:15 PM



I think I mentioned in a previous post that a friend had given me a soy wax candle making kit and that I didn't get around to it until my TV broke! Well that started me off a tanget that had me making candles galore, first giving them away to family and friends to test and then selling them in my online shop. As with a lot of stuff I do, once I used up my candle wax, I was ready for something else (not quite sure what yet - stay tuned). However, I did get requests on how to make candles - so simple that even I, butterfingers that I am, was able to make some really nice ones.



I'm not going to bother writing down step-by-step procedures as others have done so much better than I could. These I will list further down. But I will mention what problems I had and how I overcome them. What you see here are what I used to make my candles (I forgot to show the candle wicks and essential oils). 


My biggest problem was centering the candle wick - the metal holder at the bottom of the wick would slide around and not stay in the centre of the container. This was because my containers did not have flat bottoms, I think. Most had slightly raised centres. To solve the problem, I put bits of double sided tape at the bottom of the wick metal holders. The second problem was keeping the wick itself centred while I poured in the melted wax. This I solved by using a wooden clothes pin to hold the wick in the centre. That's all the problems I had.



By the way, if you’re wondering how candle making applies to recycling, when I started making the candles, I quickly realized I would need something to contain the candles (duh!!) and the old recycling bin is the first place I looked. I had quite a few glass yoghurt pots so I made lots of candles in these. Later I checked out my storage unit and found lots of nice small metal containers that I also used. 



I made some in these cute vintage fluted pastry moulds and ....




a couple in these stainless steel milk creamers.



The folks over at All Sorts of Pretty made theirs in mason jar lids (we call them canning jars!). Their lids were all of one piece but if yours are in two pieces (i.e., ring and insert), you'll have to glue these together with a glue that adheres metal to metal. But they are pretty. Their how-to instructions are good, too.




Our lady Martha makes hers in eggshells and call them votives! Her how-tos are here.


So, as you can see, you can easily (and cheaply) make your own candles and use whatever suitable containers you have on hand. My candles were small but still were good for over 20+ hours of burning. I have a few old maple syrup cans that I am planning to make into candles as soon as I get the energy!! Ciao! 

Categories: Environment, Green Household

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