Recycled Candles

I love candles.  Let me rephrase that…I love candles that smell good.  People who know me are aware of this, and are happy to encourage my collection whenever a good reason presents itself.  I have a cupboard in my house dedicated solely to candles – that’s how bad it is.

One day, I was about to throw away one of those big jar candles that was so empty it wouldn’t burn anymore.  My husband snagged it and, adding it to several more he intercepted since, decided to make his own candles from the remaining wax.

To melt the wax, he used those candle warming plates that were super-popular a few years ago.  It takes a while, but it melts the wax without damaging the jar.

candles 1
candles 1

He scraped the wax out of several jars and threw them in together, along with a chunk of candle scent someone gave me.

candles 2
candles 2

Once the wax had melted, he poured it into a cold jar with a wick in it.  We bought some wicks and wax to affix them to the bottom of the jar at the craft store.  He sat the jar in a bowl of ice to speed the cooling process.  Use caution when handling the jar, as it’s hot.  He wore a leather glove most of the time to pour, but I managed the get a photo of him without it.  I think he was showing off.

candles 3
candles 3

He poured the wax in layers in this particular candle.  I had a bag of beeswax pellets that had been floating around my craft room for a while, so he added them for a little different texture, then poured more hot wax over the top.

candles 4
candles 4

I cannot condone this, and he did break a jar doing it, but he used a blow torch to melt the wax off the sides of the inside of the jar.  That’s what happens when guys craft.

candles 4b
candles 4b

The wicks we bought were a little short, so he switched to a smaller jar for the next candle.  He also saved a handful of the beeswax and sprinkled it on top.  This one turned out the prettiest.

candles 5
candles 5

He used a jar that had previously held some sort of food item for this one.

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candles 6

He wanted to make a larger candle, so instead of a wick he used a taper for the center.  It seemed to work well, we’ll just have to see how it burns.

candles 7
candles 7

He may have created a monster here.  I’ll be saving every little bit of wax from now on, just so he’ll make me new candles.  Being married to a creative guy does have its perks.

candles 8
candles 8