ART BY FAITH is rolling again. One of the many projects I have loved doing was making candles. I have been saving all my used jar candles for reuse; and in the last few days, I gathered all my apparatus together and got started.
What I did first was lined a pan with foil, put all my jar candles on it and put it in the oven on 200 degrees. This melted all the used wax, which I poured through a strainer into my candle melting pot (one of the things I paid full price for, because they never seem to go on sale). Then I thoroughly wiped out the jars with paper towel and washed in hot sudsy water. I also gathered all the little wick holders from the bottom of the jars for use later.
I purchased an inexpensive, single, hot plate for $12.00, and with a double boiler from a pot set (which I dedicated solely to candle making), I put the wax pot (with the melted wax in it and added whatever other partly used chunks of candle was, in the double boiler and then on the hot plate. (You can use the stove for this, just remember to check the water level in the double boiler often, and keep it at a medium boil.) I also added crayons in the color I wanted. One hint: if you start with a light color, and then gradually add darker colors, you can continuously change the color of the wax as you go along. If you have a lot of a specific color like blue, you can add red crayons to make it purple. You get the point.
In this manner I was able to make a lot of candles of different colors, adding more wax chunks and crayons as I went along. It is a good thing if you add the scent just before you pour the wax into the jars. I used several scents and mixed and matched. As long the scents smelled great together I was fine. Also, when reusing the wick holders: I took a nail and hammer through the bottom to both remove the burnt wick and open up the spout through which to put the new wick, and remember to pinch it closed with pliers. I used a glue gun to secure the wick to the bottom of the jar to hold in place, and a rolled the wick around a skewer to secure to the top of the jar to keep the wick straight while pouring the wax. Another hint: save a little color (or use a different color), maybe in another jar, because most likely the wax will cool and leave a dent around the wick. When the candle hardens a little, you can use the extra wax, or another color wax, to fill in the hole.
I have added some pics: 1) Picture of the utensils I used, 2) my 16 jar candles, and 3) a closeup of 2 of the jars with labels I made (print on inkjet and glue with Mod Podge, add another coat over the top).
That was fun! Next project please!