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« on: April 03, 2008 03:49:58 PM »

So, I've finally quit smoking for good and I was wondering what to do with my old ash trays.  At the same time, one of my big-ass candles had burned down and left some excess wax.  I have never made my own candle before, so I figured this was as good a chance as any and voila... a Recycled Ash Tray Candle.

Here is a jam jar with some wax chunks being boiled.  I felt very high tech.

Next, I prepped the ashtrays - I only ended up using one.  I used hemp string for wicks and anchored them with some copper coins I had left from another project.  It will be like treasure at the end - yay!

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Overall I'm stoked at my first foray into the art of melted wax (at least in a PG forum), but can anyone tell me why the wax ended up being dimpled on the top?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2008 04:27:39 PM »

Hey, great idea!
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2008 04:39:49 PM »

Not sure why it dimpled, but wanted to say Congrats on quitting! I quit 2 years ago so I know how hard it is. Keep it up!


« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2008 04:57:58 PM »

congrats on quitting ^^ i love how you've used them ^^

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2008 05:17:30 PM »

That's really cool!  The candle idea is an awesome tribute to your success - creating from something that usually only takes away.  Maybe I'm going overboard, but [steps onto soap box] nicotine addiction killed my dad and made the last years of his life something no one would ever want for themselves or anyone they loved so I kind of can't help myself.  I'm always so  impressed with those who quit "for good", because it's not only the best thing for you, but the best gift you can give the people who love you. [steps off soap box]

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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2008 05:36:45 PM »

Great idea!  I wonder if I fill all of the ashtrays in the house if that would get my husband to quit  (though he doesn't smoke in the house much since I quit 8 months ago).

As for the dimpling, I get that sometimes too ... I think it has something to do with the room temperature and the shallowness of the candle.  It goes away ... when the candle melt   ... lol.

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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2008 06:12:30 PM »

Thanks EVERYONE for all the congratulations!!  It does feel good to be done smoking, but it's good to have a little outside motivation when I start seeing the dancing cigarettes in my dreams.  Darn those dancing cigarettes!  Wink

As for the dimpling, I get that sometimes too ... I think it has something to do with the room temperature and the shallowness of the candle.  It goes away ... when the candle melt   ... lol.

That makes a lot of sense, Shadeweaver, thank you.  I wonder if it would help if we put the candles in the fridge or freezer afterwards ... or make it worse.
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2008 12:45:47 PM »

That's really cute! I just quit smoking a month ago, and I both applaud and sympathize with your effort! Also, I really like your candles, and I may just make one for my roommate to try to convince her to quit too!
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2008 08:54:16 AM »

I had no idea you could use hemp for wicks.... thanks for the revelation Smiley
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