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01-03-2006, 01:45 PM #1
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 -
01-03-2006, 01:45 PM #2
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
01-03-2006, 01:46 PM #3
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
01-03-2006, 01:46 PM #4
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.
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.
09-02-2008, 07:50 AM #5
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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!