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MIM: Recasting Candles



You’ve got a whole bunch of those annoying candles that burn down the middle and cast no light at all when you need some in a powercut and you have no idea what to do with them. Fear not! Here’s the answer…

To be honest the solution is pretty easy. All you need to do is melt them down and reform them. BUT you have to be careful because melted wax is HOT. I put mine into a measuring jug so that it would pour and left them on the aga for a while. They melted, but they melted into a solid lump in the bottom of the jug. So I ended up resorting to microwaving it.

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If you want to microwave it, be careful! BUT FIRST you need to prep your jars or what you’re putting your candles into, by adding wicks held up with sticks. Then, depending on how much wax you have you don’t want to melt it too fast. I started with 30 second bursts but ended up to 60 second because I had exactly a litre and a half of wax, according to the pretty handy lines on my jug, I think it took between 15 to 20 minutes to melt it in total, there was a whole candle in there too. I used a stick to stir it around and to remove any wicks that were still in the mix.

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You can even add some essential oils so that your new candles have a nice scent when you burn them! Add drops to ‘taste’ (PLEASE NOTE: Don’t actually taste the wax) I put the oil in while microwaving it and I think I evaporated it as the smell went away so I added more at the end, roughly 50 drops of sweet orange oil and 30 drops of Cinnamon oil in mine, I added the scent before pouring it into the containers because I didn’t have a large amount of choice with scents so I made them all the same, this probably wan’t enough scent. If some of your candles are different colours, you can even create pretty patterns, or even add melted crayon to the wax to give it colour. I just melted mine together because I wasn’t worried about the colour, I just wanted to get rid of the useless candles and gain useful ones at no extra cost…




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