I am not sharing nearly enough projects with you !
Candle making is very easy and you can really make what you want. Today I’d like to show you how I make Candles in everyday, mostly boring, containers.
The glass containers, as well as the tin mugs, are ideal to use. Once the candle has burnt out, one can use it as little trinket holders, store food items (glass and metal does not absorb wax – just wash it well before using for edible stuff) – or make a new candle!
I have candles for Africa … as the saying goes here in SA! Candles where I’ve used different types of everyday containers (ex: fruit juice bottles, headache tablet containers, empty toilet roll holders, etc) – I’ll share a candle project every few weeks.
But for today:
This is what I have used:
1.) Candle Wax (I used some colored wax as well, but forgot to include that in the pic above)
2.) Any container (just not something that will melt easily – the wax is quite hot)
3.) Essential Oils – there are many on the market (incl Citronella which is ideal to keep mozzies away!)
4.) Mirror silcone glue (I prefer this when decorating glass as it is see-through when it dries and as the candle burns down, there won’t be any white glue marks to see through the glass)
5.) Any decorations – ribbon, tiny pearl strings, pieces of mosaic ..
6.) Medium length kebab sticks (The size varies according to the container opening)
8.) Wick (buy with the small metal piece from craft shops)
Prepare the containers by pressing a piece of Prestik to the bottom of the metal end of the candle Wick(as shown above) This will help keep the wick straight up.
I use any long item to gently press the metal piece to the bottom of the glass, making sure it sticks well into place.
To keep it straight to the top I used a medium sized Kebab stick, twisted the wick around it, and secured the stick with some more Prestik. The container is now ready for wax to be poured in.
Melt the wax until clear and there are no lumps – keep an eye on this, and stir frequently (I use an old pot filled halfway with water – I then add my wax, which is in an old can, using pliers to lift the can to and from the pot).
Add any coloring and essential oils as soon as the wax has melted – stir very well to combine all. Use an old measuring jug or something similar (easier to pour into narrow openings) and pour into the containers.
As the wax start to set, there might be air bubbles – just use a toothpick to burst them and refill with wax.
Once the wax has fully settled – remove the kebab stick and the Prestik from the top – cut the wick to stick out about 1 – 1/1/2 centimeters or to your preference.
The container is now ready to be decorated as you wish.
I only added some tiny rock pieces to the top of my tin mug container (when adding decorations to the top of the candle – wait until the wax has almost set and just press slightly to bond with the wax).
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