Now this just makes me mad! Have you ever had an expensive candle and all of a sudden the wick is gone? Look at this one. This was not a cheap candle! Thank goodness there is an easy fix for this. No, you don’t have to throw it away, or dig and pick the wax away in hopes of finding the missing wick (yes I have done this before, it’s like finding a needle in a haystack).
For years I have kept old jars once the candle was gone or almost gone. Thank goodness because you need an empty jar. If you don’t have an old candle jar a mason jar would also work.
- Candle to melt
- New wick (get at any craft store)
- Two sticks (popsicle sticks could work too)
- Two rubber bands – small
- New container
Oh and don’t forget your Ove Gloves (2)
Put the candle jar in a pot and boil the water. Remember don’t leave the boiling water unattended. While the wax is melting get your wick ready by taking the two sticks and placing the rubber bands on each side of the wick. You need the wick to stay in place when you pour the hot wax in. Wait until the wax is all melted, put on your gloves, and take it out of the water.
Either pick the old wick out now or after you pour it into the new jar. Pour it in and wait until it cools. Your new candle is ready to use.
You can also do this with pillar candles, all you need to do is find something to melt the wax in – such as a soup can. Place the candle in the can, put the can in the boiling water and the rest of the steps are the same. Pretty cool stuff!
I haven’t recycled my old candles but I am going to now. I found this article on melting old candles which has some great ideas like using an old coffee mug or wine glass. Just remember it has to be able to with stand the heat. http://www.recyclescene.com/how-to-recycle/recycle-candles. Think of the creations you can make just by recycling what you already have.
- Those Old New Candles (inkspeare.wordpress.com)
- Make Your Own Citronella Oil Candles (thehappyhousewife.com)
- How to Make Candles (answers.com)
- Candles Don’t Care If Your Makeup’s On (holycrapthisismylife.wordpress.com)
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