Submitted by Simon Christie
Basic Recycled Candles
- Enough wick (with excess for trimming) from cheap candles (I used one from a box of six) Nb. More wick will be necessary for multiple candles or depth.
- Any old candles you have no further use for.
- One 375ml glass jar or seperate jars to suit colours or scents.
- Your preferred glass safe candle moulds.
- WAX RECOVERY.
- Carefully! Using a screwdriver/knife/spoon, pry away or shard off, in small sections, your old candles.
- Keep your colours separate for now.
- Remove all old wicks or contaminates NOW.
- If you have recycled moulds you have just recovered soak them in hot soapy water now. (I used a steel bowl for the ones pictured here).
- Put your recovered wax into your jar/jars.
- Use separate jars for colours or combine.
- Place directly into slow cooker insert and fill with warm water to halfway up the side of your SMALLEST jar.
- Using a tea towel under the lid, turn your unit on HIGH for 2 hours.... Or until fully liquified.
- HOLDER RECOVERY.
- If you are soaking old holders, take them out now and wipe with paper towel to clean.
- WICK RECOVERY.
- Carefully cut away, in small sections, the wick from your cheapo candle. Cut into lengths to suit mould depths plus 2cm additional.
- Spear a skewer/toothpick through one end of each length as a 'support '.
- The wax is VERY HOT!
- Carefully! Remove your melting jars and pour into your moulds. You can mix scents in before pouring the wax into your moulds if you like.
- Place wicks into centres of wax filled moulds, resting the 'supports' across the rim.
- Allow to cool in a safe place for a few hours till fully set.
- Remove 'supports' and use in a safe environment.
- *** Always treat flame as a potential danger. Always practice safety.
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