I had a lot of fun making these, and I know she's going to love them.
UPDATE: I gave them to her tonight (12/6/07) and she really did love them, they're burning now.
Step 1: Caution
*Wax is very hard to clean up from counters. In order to help with cleanup, use as few tools as possible, and cover your work space in newspaper. I wish I had done that.
*Wax is flammable, for this reason, it's very important that you don't use any setting higher than medium on your stove, and use a thermometer if possible.
Wax's flash point is 300 degrees F, don't let it's temperature exceed 250 degrees.
Step 2: What you'll need
- Wax - I got mine from Joanne's, a 4 pound block for something like $14
- Wicks - Got it from Joanne's, too, for $2
- Crayons (If you want your candle colored)
- Scent (I used vanilla extract)
- Olive oil (Optional)
*Double boiler (Or two nesting pots)
*Molds (I used a soda can, and a dixie cup)
Step 3: Preparation
Lay out newspaper over your work space.
Take the wax off, and cut a chunk off, use the double boiler to melt that chunk of wax. I used about half a pound, and there was some wax left over after making my two candles.
As the wax melts, prepare your molds. Both of my molds were disposable and tear able. If you are using something like glass as a mold, rub the inside with oil on a paper towel, this will make it easier to remove the candle.
Step 4: Additives
Step 5: Wicks
Step 6: Pour the Wax
Step 7: Clean up
Your tools are going to be a huge pain to clean up. My only suggestions are use few, use hot water, and use a rough brush to scrub it off.
Good luck, and Happy Hanukkah (/Christmas) !