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    Default Candles in a Jar ?

    Has anyone ever made candels in a jar - I want to try to do some for next
    Christmas (don't laugh - but if I don't start getting things ready for next
    year I will never get it done). If you have done these is there any special
    things that I need to do to prepare the jars or in the process of making them?
    Are they different than making regular candels?

    Thanks a bunch -
    Stasia

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    Candles in a jar are so easy, you will be doing them
    every year. A good rule of thumb is always clean the
    jars in hot, soapy water. After that, the jars are
    ready. Then you melt the wax, adding color or
    fragrance if you want, and pour it in. A good trick
    that I found out when I was younger and in Girl Scouts
    is to tie the wick to a pencil and lay the pencil
    across the mouth of the jar, that way you don't lose
    the wick. Also, you could add flowers, leaves, or
    anything else really, before you pour the wax in.
    Hope you have fun. Let me know if you have any
    questions.

    Good luck,
    Ella

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    Ella,
    Meant to ask also, what is the cheapest way to buy the color or fragrance? I was looking at a craft store earlier and thought the color and fragrance was expensive. Do you just add a drop or what? Sorry for all the questions.lol

    Martha

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    Martha,
    Please don't apologize for asking questions, how else
    are you going to learn You could buy the colors and
    fragrances at the craft stores, that's what I usually
    do when they are on sale. But, you could use food
    coloring for the dye. It's a whole lot cheaper, and
    you probably already have some. Remember, a little
    goes a long way. It's a little harder to mix in the
    food color, but just stick with it. You put as much
    as it takes to make it the color you want. Because of
    the wax being white when it dries, the color it is hot
    is the color it will be once hard. Fragrances are
    another story. I haven't found anything that I can
    use other than the store bought fragrances. I
    encourage you to experiment, just don't use anything
    with alcohol or ammonia in it, it will burn (I learned
    that the hard way..lol) I have been know to use some
    herbs though. I just recently started growing my own
    herbs, and my lavender plant was growing wild. So, I
    thought I would try that. It worked out great.
    Experimenting is fun and unusual, give it a shot.

    Have fun,
    Ella

    You don't need any special equipment, and yes, even
    you can do this All you need to do is buy the wax,
    wick, and jars. It makes it easier if you buy some
    bags that are heat resistent, like the bags that you
    bake roasts and chicken in. All of this, so far, is
    fairly cheap. The fragrances and colorings are a
    little on the steap side, but if you catch them
    on-sale, it's great. Okay, so what you do is put the
    wax in the heat resistant bag and put it in a big pot
    of boiling water until it melts. Add the coloring
    and/or fragrances once it has melted completely. Then
    you are ready to pour. A trick to keep in mind....tie
    one end of the wick around a pencil or pen and set it

    on top of the jar. Put the other end of the wick in
    the jar, so that it is atleast touching the bottom.
    At this point, you can put anything in the jar for
    decorations. I usually go outside and find some
    pretty flowers, leaves, or anything that looks nice or
    goes with my theme. All you have to do is arrange it
    in the jar before you pour the melted wax over, and
    voula, you have an expensive looking candle for next
    to nothing. Don't get discouraged when you see the
    checkout amount, because you will get more than one
    candle out of the stuff.

    Have fun,

    Ella

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    I love the idea about using the cooking bags to melt the wax in. I hadn't thought of that one. Thanks!

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