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Just wanted to share with you all my recent recycling success.
We use a lot of candles in our house, especially the chunky church-candle type ones, but find that they never burn properly down to the bottom because the wicks go strange. So I have been left with lots of candle-ends and not wanted to throw them away.
So I bought some candle wick off ebay (cost me about £2 for 5 metres I think), melted down all the candle wax in an old dish in the oven and poured it into old jam jars with the wicks suspended in the middle (wax sets really quickly). Also added different essential oils to the melted wax to make them nice and smelly.
I have made five and they work brilliantly. So would just like to say to anyone who might throw away old candles to have a go at recycling them.
Do the candles then stay in the jam jars and if so do they burn ok when they get half way down or below?
Yay, sounds great.
Grating old children's crayons into the mix gives colour too, should you want it. We've had success making floating candles by pouring the reused wax into metal cake cases and turning them out when cold. If you put a layer of wax on the wicks first they stand up a bit better - at least in the shallow candles (so no faff fixing them to the bottom and tying them to a pencil at the top etc).
Going to have to have a go making jar candles! I'd imagine they burn fine to the bottom, as we use jars as votives for tealight candles.
Thanks for all the extra advice, the grated wax crayons sound a great idea, my boys have lots of them in a big tin and don't use them anymore.
The jars work fantastic and burn all the way down to the bottom. I think there are different types of wick for different width candles and I bought the one that does 1.5 - 2.5 inch diameter which seems ideal for the jam jars.
I think I might also decorate the jars using glass pens and give a few away.
hehe I've been looking for an excuse to get some glass pens.
Our oven is a Rayburn, so can temperature can be anything between 120 to 200 degrees. If it's just wax with no smelly oils in it, you could probably put a dish in while you are cooking something else.
Ooh thanks for this I was going to post asking if it was possible to make candles this way!