Introduction: Chinese 5 Spice Candle!

I'm back with another candle... And this time there's fancy photoshop in the mix!

This candle is infused with Chinese 5 Spice seasoning, may look a bit generic... But wow does it pack a punch!

This candle is another example of something that you can do yourself... You don't need to spend money on scented candles, DIY!

Step 1: What You Will Need:

A finely ground spice
An old candle (unscented)
Salvaged wicks
An old container
A saucepan
A drinks can

Step 2: Get Your Spice, Get Your Wax!

I took a look through the spice drawer, and this one caught my eye. It was a Chinese 5 Spice mixture...
I filled up a 30ml jar with the mixture (for measurement purposes), and put it aside for later.

Now, the candle I'm using was already used for a previous project but there was plenty left over for what I was doing!
I got out the pen knife, and scraped the red wax off, and got around to cutting it up

Step 3: Getting Started

Bring your saucepan full of water to just under a boil, and stick in your can full of cut up wax.
To find out more about this process go to my previous project!

While it's heating up, search for a container to set your candle in.
I found this yoghurt jar and sweet tin...

Step 4: Melt That Wax!

After a minute or two, you should notice the wax starting to melt...
You can speed up the process by pushing solid wax into already melted wax with a spoon!

Step 5: Add Your Spices!

I just tipped the jar in and stirred for a while.
If I was to do it again, I would have stirred it for longer, because all of the spice didn't dissolve.

Feel free to mix spices too, you never know what mixture you can get!

Step 6: Time to Pour!

Bring your equipment to a surface like a worktop, and pour your mixture into your container.

I decided to use the sweet tin, because I had enough wax!

Don't forget to source a candle wick as well, I just happened to have some left over...

Step 7: Let It Set!

I'll tell you it was a big job to keep the wick standing, so I set up this contraption to hold it in place.
It looks similar to the top of a well!

This was a large volume of wax, so it took <45 minutes to set.
I was surprised to see how much the colour had changed when it solidified...

Step 8: Finishing Touches!

For aesthetic purposes, I added a sprinkling of the Chinese 5 Spice to the top of the candle.
I was delighted how it had turned out, but the proper scent didn't develop until 24 hours had passed since the time of setting...

Step 9: Light It Up!

Now your candle is finished, and it is time to test it out...

I hope you enjoyed this instructable, and make sure to follow me if you did!
Keep in mind there are loads more projects on the horizon :)

Comments

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jessyratfink (author)2013-08-09

Ohhhhh this one sounds really good, too! :D

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Thanks very much!

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phantom_white (author)2015-09-19

Have you used this candle up completely? I'm just wondering if the color change came from the spices settling to the bottom instead of staying suspended in the wax. My granma loves the smell of 5 Spice so this looks like a good Christmas gift to me.

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