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« on: December 04, 2005 05:37:02 PM »

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So I've recently started making candles. My favorite thing thus far has been to grab old coffee mugs at thrift stores and fill about three-quarters of the mug with a coffee-scented brown wax, then top it off with a layer of white wax scented with vanilla, chocolate, or cinnamon (with coffee beans thrown in for decoration). They're quick, they're easy, and a bow on the handle makes Instant Gift. I'm actually to the point of wondering why people buy candles, when making them is so darn easy...

Anyway, big candlemaking n00b question. For a pour pot, I'm using this old stainless steel coffeepot that is probably from the mid-60's (thank you, grandmother's junk shelf) that is sort of pear-shaped, and I have NO IDEA how to clean it. My pretty white latte foam is starting to get a bit dingy from the brown coffee wax. What's a good way to clean pour pots?

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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2005 10:58:47 AM »

I'm no expert, but a logical way would be too boil some water, melt the wax, pour it off, and then scrape off any residue with a plastic credit card, ruler, or something of that sort.

My goal for next year is to start candle-making...My Christmas list for extended friends, mentors, etc...is getting so long, and everyone likes candles....

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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2005 07:47:26 PM »

Yep, you can just warm up the pot to melt the wax residue and pour it out. While it is still warm, wipe clean with paper towel. Careful not to burn yourself.

It's nice to have at least to different 2 different pouring pots. A super cheap item to use as a pouring pot is a (cleaned) can that food or coffee came in.
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