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Melting down old candles?

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BobblyGussets Thu 15-Nov-12 11:38:22

I have a lovely pair of the purple Jphn Lewis Fig and something scented candles. The wicks gave up and died, sinking into the candles. After digging them up out of the wax and trying to re-light to no avail, I am wondering: how successful would it be to melt them down and put a wick in? I have no equipment, but could I buy the wicks cheaply enough? Can I melt the wax in the microwave and would the jug I used for this be ok afterwards? I could use tin cans to mould a candle, but would it come out easily?

Help Mn, I am a candle virgin and love the smell of these, now uesless ones.

amazingmumof6 Thu 15-Nov-12 12:12:07

you could buy a dinner candle (long thin type), cut a hole big enough to fit new candle in the middle of old one, use a sharp knife to trim new candle to height of old one, stick in middle, use a few drop of candle to secure

check library for book on candle making

to melt wax use the same method as you would for melting chocolate on hob - check method in a cookery book
(not sure about microwave, could be fire hazard, and if wax is spitting it could ruin you microwave!)?)

use a piece of cotton string and soak it in melted wax, let it cool, then dip it again. build up layers buy dipping and cooling in between.

if you pour into mould you need to do it in stages, as wax cools and condensation takes place you can end up with water droplets trapped within the wax, nightmare

BobblyGussets Fri 16-Nov-12 21:21:09

Thanks Annie. Your original dinner candle idea sound the best. I will have a go of that.

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