Don’t you hate it when you lose the wick on your favourite candle? Or get to the bottom but there’s still loads of wax left round the edge of the jar.
I do! I REALLY do! And I had TONS of the lil’ buggers! So I decided to experiment on resurrecting some of mine that had just that.
It was a little hit or miss – there was a “too hot so cracked the glass jar” situation, but we really don’t need to talk about that.
BUT please take CAUTION if you decide to follow any of these steps, items will get EXTREMELY HOT!!!!
I used a few different methods to heat the wax;
- Heat a pan of HOT water, and put the candle in a bowl – the same way you would melt chocolate
- Heat them directly in the pan
- Good ol’ microwave.
Just don’t do any of these for too long at once or you’ll be throwing glass away – as per my aforementioned mishap. I was literally checking them constantly, and used the microwave for 20 seconds at a time, but this turned out to be the easiest and quickest method.
DON’T FORGET YOUR TONGS/OVEN GLOVES/TEA TOWELS to handle the jars after heating!
You need to either buy some wicks, or make your own. I did the latter, but improvised completely – I used cotton thread to make a few plaits and dipped them in the melted wax. I then let them dry by tying them to a kebab stick and hanging them over the kitchen cupboard handles – so the wicks and wax wasn’t touching anything.
Some of the candles had wick holders at the bottom, which I was able to pry off and attach to the plait wicks that I made. I did this by tying the bottom of the wick to the holder, dipping it in the wax, and placing it at the bottom of the newly empty candle jar. Obviously the wax will melt when the remaining wax is poured in so you can also tie the top of the plait to a kebab stick/cocktail stick and rest it over the candle – this will keep the wick central and straight.
Then pour the wax into the jars and wait for them to cool and set.
You do get some discolouring from this whole process due to dust, debris etc that’s accumulated over time, but the wax sets A LOT lighter than what you initially see – otherwise the above candle may have met an untimely death.
And abracadabra… new candles!
Handy huh! I’d love to hear some of your tips on resurrecting and recycling any household/beauty/fashion items.