​Make New Candles from Old Wax


| 3/15/2017 2:18:00 PM


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From Your Own Hands: Self Reliant Projects for Independent Living

I love beeswax candles and, given the choice, this is the only kind I would make, but beeswax is pricey and, like many other things, out of my budget. So the candles I most often make consist of melted paraffin drippings and candle stubs. I collect these whenever I get the chance, sort them by color and, when I have a good quantity, get to candle-making.

To make homemade candles you will need, besides beeswax or paraffin:

Wicks. These can be bought very cheaply, or you can make your own by melting some wax, soaking a bit of cotton string in it and letting it cool until it sets. 



Molds. I love silicone molds (like the kind used for small cupcakes), but I’ve also used empty yogurt containers. The tricky bit with using a plastic container is that it can melt, and therefore you must take care to pour the melted wax at just the right moment – after it cools off a bit but before it re-solidifies. Another option is to use small glass jars, like those used for baby food, to make a candle in a jar.





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