I have always been a candle fan. There is nothing like a candle light for setting a mood, flattering a complexion, or even just resting the eyes. For years I would buy generic glass jarred candles and try and make them more unique by wrapping them in cool paper, or even just nesting them inside a different container. I wanted to try making my own, but there has always been a certain air of *crunchy granola* associated with candle making, as well as remembrances of a failed jr high crayon melting experiment... and so I never really did anything with my generic glass jars.
Fast forward a few years, and I became a manager at that ubiquitous lotion and candle store (you know the one i'm talking about - it has a store at almost every mall across the country). Needless to say, my candle collection grew to almost ridiculous proportions. (I mean seriously, what is a girl to do during that amazing sale that happens twice a year). Some of my votive collection ended up getting wrapped in tissue paper in order to add a little color and ambiance to our wedding decor (you can sort of see them on the table here), but I still had plenty sitting in boxes in my closet.
Until yesterday, when in a spurt of
I tried a few different ways of melting down the wax First I chopped up the existing candles and then melting them down double-boiler style (and by double boiler I mean using spatulas to prop up a plastic mixing container T found for me in the garage); and then I went straight to immersing the existing jar in the water. Both worked, but pre-chopping definitely led to quicker melting!
I can't wait to send this one to a dear friend on the east coast who has waited ever so patiently for me to finally get around to finishing the knitted cowl for her dog I started about two years ago. Yes, I said dog-cowl (he's a whippet, and he gets cold). And yes, it sometimes takes me forever to get things accomplished.
I have two more tins, however the existing wicks I have are too short. So I think round two will cost a few more dollars. I also want to try blending the remaining scented candles with some unscented wax - hopefully this will soften the color and the strength of the scent!