Recycling Candle Wax

Candle Wax

Candle wax from burnt out candles can be reused over and over again, saving you money on buying candles. They may not look as good after some time, but they still do the job.

  1. Once you\’re done with a candle, scrape off the wax from your candle stick (or whatever you have used to hold the candle). It would be easier if you kept different coloured wax separately or you would get an ugly coloured candle later on.
  2. Once you have collected enough wax, you can now begin making new ones.
  3. Look around for an unwanted tin can and a metal spoon. This is also a good way to recycle tin cans. Put about a table spoon of wax into the tin can.
  4. Next, in a bigger and shallower pot, heat up some water. When it starts boiling, put the tin can with the wax into the pot and wait until the wax starts melting. You may need to stir the wax a bit to help it melt faster. Once all the wax has melted, keep adding more un-melted wax pieces. For beginners, you may want to start with a small batch first to avoid having to reheat the wax over and over again.
  5. While waiting for the wax to melt, get ready small glasses the size of shot glasses. For the wick, use cotton string which you can get in a ball. If the piece of cotton string is too thick, separate it before you put them into the shot glass. Loop the cotton string over a toothpick and place it on the glass\’s rim so that the string dangles into it.
  6. When the wax has melted and is in a runny form, pour it into the glass. Once you are good at this, you can experiment with different coloured wax for different effects
  7. For aesthetic purposes, you may want to alternate different coloured layers in a glass.
  8. Another example would be to pour two different coloured wax (in colours that compliment each other) simultaneously and give it a quick swirl for a marble effect.
  9. Instead of using small glasses, you can also use bigger glass containers such as narrow vases. Alternatively, you can also use old cookie and jelly moulds to form different shaped candles.
  10. For scented candles, add in a drop of scented oil once the wax has melted and give it a quick stir. Do not stir in the scented oil while the wax is still melting as the oil would have evaporated by the time the wax melts.

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