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« on: February 07, 2012 12:03:18 PM »

My grandma sent me these jars in the mail a few months ago and i've been waiting to have an idea of what to do with them. I'm starting to mess around with candles and thought i'd try some more Smiley

These were the jars from my grandma. I wish i would have had enough money to buy the scents that the jars say, but i didn't, oh well Smiley

Then i went through my big box of old crayons and picked out a few colors i thought would go well with each jar.

Then, i peeled the wrappers off and broke them into small pieces and then put them in a small plastic coke bottle cut in half (I also added small bits of scented wax from dead candle jars.

Next, i put the bottle in a pot of boiling water and waited for the wax to melt.

Once the wax was ready, i carefully poured it into the jars (while holding the wick in place) and put them in the fridge for a little bit. I've noticed that if i leave them in there too long, they'll do what the green one did in this picture and you'll have to fix the whole with more wax later.

Then let them set!

Cinnamon Apple Smiley

Orangle Marmalade Smiley

Cranberry (I accidentally forgot to take a picture before i burnt it!)

However, I do need help with one problem. I'm having trouble with keeping them lit for a while. i'm not sure why. i've seen other crayon candles before that have burned, so i'm not sure what i could have done wrong. if anyone has any suggestions, i would love to hear them! practice makes perfect! Smiley thanks!


« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2012 12:24:22 PM »

I'm afraid I don't know the solution to your problem, but I do think your candles are cute. I think the labels really make them special.

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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2012 12:53:23 PM »

What a brilliant idea for a double boiler, using half a coke bottle!!! So clever and awesome!
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2012 01:39:59 PM »

That's actually a terrible idea for a double boiler, since the plastic will actually melt in boiling water giving off toxic fumes.  Please don't do this, just find a glass bowl at a thrift store to dedicate to candle making.

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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2012 05:25:43 AM »

Yes! Don't use plastic for the double boiler! I use a very small saucepan, I think it was originally part of a mess kit for cooking on a fire while camping. The saucepan is only for candles and I put it inside a regular sauce pan to make the double boiler.

As far as the problem keeping them lit, it might because there's too much color in the crayons. Do they give off a lot of smoke and soot when burned, more than store bought candles? I've found when making candles using crayons it's best to use mostly plain wax, and then add a little bit of crayon for the color. Crayon wax has a different composition than normal candle wax--that's why it's easier to draw with crayons than with a candle!

You can buy blocks of clear or white wax at craft stores, but a good place to find wax cheaply is thrift stores. People donate old candles all the time, I've gotten whole grocery bags full for only a few dollars, and usually you can melt them down and pick out bits of old wick pretty easily. It won't be totally clear/white wax, but it usually ends up a light enough color than you can re-color it with a crayon or two melted in, especially if you're staying in a similar color family, like turning a light pink candle red.
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2012 06:23:43 AM »

thank you so much for the advice of them not burning fully! and i've already found a new and safe method for melting the wax thanks to my roommate Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2012 10:17:35 AM »

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2012 03:57:07 AM »

Are you wicks primed? Wicks should first be primed with melted wax so that they burn better. This just means putting you wick into hot melted wax, taking it out and running your fingers along it to straighten it. I find this helps the wick stay alight.


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