My mom loves candles. This year for Hanukka, instead of spending 18 bucks for a candle or two from yankee, I've decided to make her some candles! I ended up spending $12 at Joanne's for enough wax/wicks for ~16 candles. I, however, only made two so that she can decide on her own scent/color combination when I make more.

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.

Paso 1: Caution

This project does require a few safety/mess preventions.

*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.

Paso 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)

(Joanne's sends out 40% off any item coupons every sunday in our newspaper, check for coupon's from your craft store, they're helpful =] )

*Double boiler (Or two nesting pots)
*Molds (I used a soda can, and a dixie cup)
*Mixing Spoon
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oshendrickson dice: Feb 6, 2014. 11:54 AM

I would not microwave wax aethodst ALL! It changes to composition and no longer burns or acts right. doubble boiling or a candle maker are the safest m

linz92 dice: Dic 1, 2013. 5:31 AM
Hello, I've made many homemade candles and I just stuck wax on low heat on the stove and it melted fine without a double boiler. Also I stuck it in the microwave many times. Good tutorial though. Thanks for sharing :) Are you using oure vanilla extract or artificial? Ive used vanilla oil for scent but I've never used vanilla extract because of all the alcohol in it.
_miss_lady10 dice: Abr 20, 2013. 11:18 AM
Hey! Yankee is just a brand of candle! They sell them at department stores and some malls have their own boutiques set up. They are very nice candles but they can start to get very expensive after a while!
bobkelleher dice: Abr 11, 2013. 8:12 PM
You mentioned your mom loves candles and that this year for Hanukka, instead of spending 18 bucks for a candle or two from yankee, you decided to make some homemade candles for your mom! Great idea! I’d like to know who is “yankee?” Is "yankee" a good or bad thing? Should I be in fear of "yankee?" Please help me understand. It's extremely important to me. Should I be in afraid because I AM FEARLESS. Enter at your own risk.
EmmaCay dice: Feb 27, 2013. 11:01 AM
Thanks for sharing. I often just get cheap scented candles online, but I think it might be fun to make my own every now and then. This is great!
Jomskylark dice: Dic 25, 2012. 12:16 AM
Just used this fantastic guide to make my grandmother a candle for Christmas. This was the "Plan B" of gifts but I'm really glad I did it because it looks wonderful. Thank you. :)

Some thoughts:
- Block of wax was $20 for me. I didn't want to shell out that kind of money in case this was one-time thing, so I bought several wax cubes for $6. I used only ten cubes when making my candle; they melted fine.
- I also didn't have a double boiler, so I used a frying pan. Not sure of the advantages/disadvantages here but it seemed to work ok.
- I used a small container for my candle. It looks much prettier I think.
- You. are. not. kidding. about the tough clean-up. I probably spent more time cleaning wax off my pan than I did making the darn candle. One little tidbit of advice I can offer is that the wax seemed to build-up in some areas, and instead of rubbing harshly I tried to scrape it off from underneath. That seemed to be more efficient.

Thanks for posting this! :)
billbuck dice: Dic 11, 2012. 1:25 PM
Hi Bobftx,

I would like to use you and your message as an example to many parts of the world of what a paranoid unintelligent american is. Not only will I explain it on this site but will use this comment on nearly 30 other sites where I give an explanation of the unintelligent, small knowledge based anglo saxon. I too am an anglo saxon American, but for some reason I am able to see our enormous shortcomings. Don't worry bob you're not alone, there are many people like you that I use as examples.
If you follow the instructions there is no reason why you would have hot water, wax and pots flying all over the place and (scare tactic) all over your face, down your throat and through your bones. The people who would not follow the instructions (anglo saxon male americans) yes would probably have a mess on their hands, but even they are smart enough to jump out of the way if two pots explode. However these people do not have the ability (such as yourself) to see the benefits of going through this process to make candles. It is something that you can do for fun with others to create a useful tool. So bob please don't go buy candles, but spend the next 36 hours sitting down in a chair with a candle lit and think about why this is a good thing. If you still cant figure it out, there are plenty of good psychologists out there who became psychologists to help people like you.
lizardpow dice: Jun 16, 2012. 6:22 PM
Hi! I`m making a gift for my mom and i am going to make the candles in jam jars. Can I just keep the candles in the jars or do i have to take them out? and also, why do you need 2 pots???
Weissensteinburg dice: Jun 16, 2012. 6:25 PM
Keeping it in the mason jar is a great idea, go for it. The two pots are to make a double boiler. If you put the wax right on the stove, it will burn. Putting it in a pot, in boiling water distributes the heat more evenly and gradually. The water acts as a buffer to the heat so the wax just melts.
ngadea dice: Mar 15, 2012. 1:46 AM
To straighten you can also just use your fingers.

Lay the wick on something flat, like a flat surface. It dries very quickly and if left undisturbed will not curve on its own.
alwayssummer dice: Feb 16, 2012. 1:27 PM
Do you think a straw would work for a center hole for the wick? if you oil it before inserting and if it actually comes out you would wind up with a nice 1/4" hole in your candle.
manish15 dice: Feb 11, 2012. 8:49 PM
And how to extinguish them invisibly :
praise_song dice: Feb 8, 2012. 2:04 PM
Here's what I do: I save up all those little bitty scraps of the ends of candles ... all colors, scents, sizes, etc. Break them in to smaller pieces, if necessary. Store 'em in a clean, 24-oz. pickle jar, with a lid on it. When you have quite a few bits and ends, put the entire jar into a 2-qt. pot, that has about 2"of water in it. You can place a boil-control mechanism under the jar, if you'd like... it helps to keep the "bouncing" down to a minimum, but it'snot necessary. Bring the water to a boil, and turn to med. low, just so the water keeps simmering around the glass jar. It will melt the wax, but will not ruin your cookware. When it's all melted, add your color and any scent you are using to the melted wax.
Using a potholder or two, pour the wax into your clean votives or whatever you're using as a container. Use whatever method you prefer for setting the wick. I use the pre-tabbed/pre-crimped ones, for ease. I buy them for $5.95/100pcs, and they last me a LONG, LONG time.
I am not a true "candle maker", per se, but I hate wasting all those little ends of candles ... once melted down, I can usually get 3 or 4 more votives ... and that's about $12+ , if you buy the Glade ones.
I use this jar-melt method, and I have NEVER had a spill, or any mess whatsoever. Whatever sticks inside the jar ... well, it'll be melted down into the next batch, the next time I make candles!
Oh! ... I also bought a 73¢ plastic, 3ml pipette (a dropper) at Sally Beauty Supply, and use it for my scents. I keep that JUST for measuring the scented oils, so no muss/no fuss w/ the scented oils, either.
Moe_Tangna dice: Dic 12, 2011. 11:42 PM
Hello!, I want to make a very large candle (like 3-4 feet tall) I have around 4 diffrent colors of melted candles that are each the same brand. how can i make the mold for the canlde and how can i layer it so that when the next color is burning a diffrent scent comes out? ( i have enough candles to make a sizeable candle)

curvy77 dice: Ene 1, 2011. 2:30 AM
well if you take a styrofam cup wood or any material than can hold its shape. you can hollow out your own design. i have not yet tried making a candle however i have melted cans and carved my own mold.....hehe wood + melted aluminum= small fire.
curvy77 dice: Ene 1, 2011. 2:34 AM
to change scent of wax as well as layer it do not melt all wax at once. melt whatever max you want on bottom first and so forth. add the bottom wax first and let cool/harden. then add next layer and so forth. as for the scent i am not sure this will work (dont use this till ur sure so experiment and get back to me) but try grinding up flowers pine needles or whatever it is you want, and add ing this fine smelling powder to the melted wax and stir. again may not work so test it before useing this method on ur large candle.
Speedster44 dice: Oct 22, 2013. 5:53 AM
I'd suggest like a shipping tube or something, I think.
davin_x dice: Nov 28, 2011. 6:36 AM
I'd recommend using a small paper cup (they come in shot glass size up to larger cup sizes!) instead of a coke can. Reason being is that the paper cups are cheaper and have a light wax coating inside them as it is. Once the candle wax has solidified, you can just cut the paper cup off and you end up with cool candles.

I also poke a small hole through the bottom of the paper cups, and thread the wick through that (seal it with a bit of wax from another candle).

Example here:

nutsandbolts_64 dice: Nov 28, 2011. 2:38 AM
I recall how the industry made those stick-like candles. Basically, first you dip the string in there, take it out, let the wax on it solidify, then dip it again, take it out, solidify etc. It'll build layers of wax upon one another until you get your desired thickness. Any chance to do that instead?
onlineiftikhar dice: May 25, 2011. 12:18 AM
Use candle colorant instead of crayons better results and costs less. No sediment on the bottom of the pot.
sbrown1 dice: May 5, 2011. 6:48 AM
wow !!
Amanda+Hutchens dice: Abr 5, 2011. 11:06 AM
hii everyone how is this topic goin?
rudegirl dice: Mar 21, 2011. 12:56 PM
i accidentally found out that your metal pots can be clean by soaking them in "white spirit" i left my lacquer brushes in the pot i used to melt the wax for candles and added white spirit so i could wash the brushes clean today and though the brushes still were a pain to clean the wax that was stuck on the pot walls had disolved into a watery substance :D wierd since both substances are derive from paraffine but ti WORKS!
HayIamRhian dice: Feb 17, 2011. 2:59 AM
You said that if you were using a glass as a mould then you should grease it to get it out.
Couldn't you just leave it in there so the glass could be like a candle holder?
jdevilliersbuz dice: Ene 8, 2011. 12:47 PM
Hi Great site check this one aswell for more candle making stuff... this so so much fun
bowman dice: Dic 15, 2010. 10:46 AM
It appears I made a major mistake here................I meant to say to use Stearine for a slower burn, longer candle life, etc. Thanks to BadMaxx for catching me on this.
I get it at Michael's. Yaley Enterprises is the manufacturer, marketer, etc.
j.w.mills dice: Dic 12, 2010. 10:47 AM
Easy trick. If you have a gravel path or driveway take your tools there and poor boiling water over them the little bit of wax will help hold down dust this summer. It's the only good way to clean the strainer I use to get the bits of stuff out of recycled wax!

OR pop the tools in the large pot of the double boiler and boil a bit. Let cool skim hardened wax off the top and retrieve tools. You will only have a bit of wax at the water line of the pot to clean up. My bamboo scraper and a bit of hot soap and water takes care of that.
pbhound dice: Dic 12, 2010. 9:11 AM
i agree NEVER do this! if the wax is too big for the pot; use a hammer to break it into smaller pieces (just wear eye protection)!
j.w.mills dice: Dic 12, 2010. 10:38 AM
Yes to the hammer but I use a chisels or a screwdriver I don't mind beating on the end of, to break the wax into chunks that fit. Just whacking with a hammer makes a mess. Leave the wax cold to chunk it.

Use candle colorant instead of crayons better results and costs less. No sediment on the bottom of the pot.

I have found that "most" oil based sents(sp!) work in candles. Try Frankincense or Muir... Or both OH so nice. On the oils that come out (evaporate) of the candles to fast I dip the candles in hot wax after unmolding and cooling for a day.

Use tapered molds and after cooling the candles usually just fall out.
Weissensteinburg dice: Dic 12, 2010. 10:50 AM
If you read the entire step, you'll see that I put the wax on top to soften it. I then cut it into smaller pieces and used a double boiler to melt it.

There's nothing dangerous about a large block of wax over boiling water. It would take hours, if ever, for the wax to soften to the point of breaking and falling in.
Beekeeper dice: Dic 12, 2010. 8:35 AM
Wicks are braided - either flat braided or square braided. Before braided wick was invented, candles used to develop great long wicks sticking up into the flame which required regular trimming to avoid clouds of black smoke and soot. Braided wick curls over as it burns and thus sticks out into the hot part of the flame where it is able to burn itself away. Flat braided wicks are usually better for paraffin wax candles wheres square braided is better for beeswax (which burns slower). Additionally you have to get the right size/diameter of wick proportional to the diameter of your candle. If the wick is too small you will get that big puddle of wax in the middle of the candle which snuffs out the flame, or the surplus wax runs down the side of the candle. The wick has to be big enough to soak up the amount of wax that the heat from the flame melts. I could go on and on about candle making as I have been making all kinds of beeswax candles for nearly 50 years.
burnerjack01 dice: Dic 12, 2010. 8:55 AM
It would seem to me, anyone who has 50 years of experience at candle making ( or anything else for that matter) has an enormous amount of expertise that would be a travesty if lost. Please consider writing a book or video or even instructible series. Maybe even an internet workshop!
I envy the skill you must possess
Beekeeper dice: Dic 12, 2010. 9:45 AM
I have given workshops to friends and bee clubs but as for writing a book, no thanks. I tried it once on another subject and found the whole process too difficult. There are numerous videos on youtube on making candles, though of course not all good - in my opinion.
bowman dice: Dic 12, 2010. 8:18 AM
I nearly forgot.................Pick up a bag of styrene, it's granulated. It will harden the wax and give you a slower burn. Your candles will last much longer and burn more even.
Bad+Maxx dice: Dic 12, 2010. 2:14 PM
Could you explain this a bit better? Styrene is vinyl benzene, I cannot for the life of me imagine that burning or melting, however you want to word it, in a candle is healthy in any stretch of the imagination. I know back in the day we had strict warnings about the fumes from heating granulated styrene to form bathtubs, It causing a long list of health problems and is considered a carcinogen. Maybe you had something else in mind?
bowman dice: Dic 15, 2010. 10:48 AM
Thanks, the post has been corrected.
Bad+Maxx dice: Dic 16, 2010. 4:45 PM
No problem! Thank you for clearing that up!
bowman dice: Dic 12, 2010. 8:13 AM
I enjoy your hobby too, although at this time of year they can be bought nearly as inexpensive as making them, but certainly not as much fun, and buying them limits your choices. As far as wick goes, string is too flimsy, not enough backbone. Wick is braided which means it will stand up (it's stiffer) and will burn longer. If you are using a container, such as empty cans, for shape, use a cooking spray inside the can before you pour the wax. Your candles should slide right out. Hope this helps, Good Luck!
ChrisLewis300 dice: Dic 12, 2010. 7:39 AM
Instead of buying Wax and those expensive wicks, can't you just buy plain white household candles. I can get 6 for £1/$1.50.

Break the candles into 1" sections and pull apart leaving the wicks intact.

If melting a small amount of wax, I've used an old tin can inside a pan of simmering water, easy to dispose after.
bobftx dice: Dic 12, 2010. 7:02 AM
This photo is a diagram for starting a house fire. What happened to the double boiler? Also, if you use nesting pots, make absolutely sure that they do not fit tightly together. If steam builds up between them you have hot wax, boiling water, and a hot pot flying all over the kitchen--and all over you.

Maybe just buy the candles.
izzyk84 dice: Feb 20, 2011. 8 AM
1. (S)he already made them.
2. (S)he decided to make the candles so that (s)he wouldn't have to buy them for a fortune. Nice job reading.
ngadea dice: Mar 15, 2012. 1:42 AM
How is this "constructive" bob? Climb out of your bunker already.
ucanBanerd dice: Dic 4, 2010. 10:09 AM
They make a pin for candle making, most times you pour wax twice, because the center where the wick is, sinks as it cools and you get a bit of a hole. The pins go in the bottom of the mold and makes it so after the candle hardens there is a prefectly straight hole through the candle, thread your wick through the hole, then when you repour (make your wax 20 degrees hotter so you don't get a line) it fills the gaps and your wix and your hole from cooling are fixed. I'm going to try to improvise one for pillar candles using a bamboo skewer.
Bad+Maxx dice: Dic 12, 2010. 2:20 PM
THANK YOU! I've been curious why all of my candles sink in the middle making a big ugly divot! Also makes the candles burn wrong! Now I'm re-inspired to make candles again!
ucanBanerd dice: Dic 13, 2010. 8:04 AM
There are some waxes that don'e require a re-pour, but most do, and the second time, your wax needs to be ten to twenty degrees hotter than on the firts melt, so you don't get a line. I've already screwed this up once, lol, but if it's just for home, no one cares. I make the batch a few ounces bigger than i need, then re-melt whats left in the pot for the re-pour after your wax cools the first time. I also noticed that you will get a much worse hole if you try and speed things up by putting them in the frige!
Bad+Maxx dice: Dic 13, 2010. 3:49 PM
I agree with the fridge making it worse! My first candles had a rather shallow sink-hole to them, then thinking maybe cooling them faster would prevent this, I put my next batch in the fridge. Way worse! Can't wait to try your method.
ucanBanerd dice: Dic 4, 2010. 10 AM
These supplies are actually available for a lot less online, the issue is that wax is expensive to ship because it's heavy. I wouldn't improvise on wicks though, or your candle won't burn right. Cool idea using vanilla extract. I wonder is it worth it if you want to make candles all the time? I can buy a lot more fragrance from a candle supply, and it's designed to hold up. a 2 oz bottle is only 1.99... That's cheaper than vanilla extract. Believe it or not, dye from a supplier will also be cheaper than crayons, and cheap crayons are going to give you cheap a good candle making kit.
Mplinnc dice: Dic 3, 2010. 12:39 PM
Heh heh. It sorta looks like barf.
Jaapio dice: Nov 9, 2010. 2:49 PM
Hi nice tutorial.

Do you have any experience with using Stearin to make the candles burn longer?
salt-n-burn dice: Jun 30, 2010. 9:48 AM
Maybe something that would cut down a few steps would be to fashion some sort of base for the wick (A square or circle of thin cardboard, or thick paper, maybe.) You could poke a hole in it, thread the wick through, and tape a small piece of the wick to the underside. Then drop it in your container, and pour the wax over the whole thing. As far as getting the wick to stand straight... Any number of things could be fashioned to hold it centered. (Although I suppose it probably would be best to dip the wick first. I don't know about everyone else, but I have about a billion candle jars/holders lying around. Once the candle is spent, I always scrape out the excess wax and hold onto the container like I'll reuse it some day... Which thanks to this article, I just might! :) No one would ever know it was homemade. (Well, until you brag about it, of course!)
stephNY dice: Abr 1, 2011. 1:57 AM
Tea lights pretty much always have a small base like the one you suggest, a small circle of aluminum with a molded hole to hold the wick upright in the center of the candle. They don't get damaged at all from burning the candles, and are completely reusable. You can usually find tea lights at ten for a dollar at the dollar store, or at a hundred for five dollars at Target. (WHAT A DEAL!)
jimstrotman dice: May 2, 2010. 6:05 PM
 Candle wicks;  it's not what they are made from, it's HOW they are made.  It's not a simple cotton string but a string that is hi-tech woven.  There are several strands amongst the many strands that are pulled tighter than the rest.  Reason:  so the wick will always bend at the top sightly to one side so the end will burn off; otherwise, it will not burn off and the flame will get crazy and the wick/string will SMOKE.  Not a good thing for a candle to do.

Stick with professionally made wicks.

ganjamanja dice: Nov 23, 2010. 9:55 AM
i just took ordinary cotton strings, soaked them in wax for some time and then "twisted" or "twirled" the string.
and they burn just great! better then some industrial wicks!
Quester55 dice: Mar 9, 2010. 12:27 AM
Great Idea, But try this one for the molds; Buy or obtain a 1/2 gal milk in a Paper carton, remove the milk [ Drink it or place in another container] Wash & dry the milk carton. Cut the container top off at the top folds. Place the Wick on the bottom Center with piece of tape & tie remainder to wood pincle at the top. Now fill the container with ICE Cubes, followed by the melted wax & let stand until all wax is hardened. [About 5 min.] Remove pincle & peel away carton { Over the sink to drain off the water] Let candle stand overnight to dryout. Note some water may be trapped inside but your candle will be strange to look at.
_chink_ dice: Mar 8, 2010. 6:34 PM
Another way that works wonders for fabrics, is to place some brown paper or other absorbant, non flammable paper over the wax spill, and use an iron hot enough to melt wax over the paper.

Wax goes into paper, and leaves material, voila!

(I learnt this as a 12 year old when a friend and I got a bit too happy with the candles and the mum had to clean up hehe)
ShadowJesus dice: Mar 8, 2010. 5:09 AM
I knew this would be amazing!
mrdebos dice: Feb 28, 2010. 2:26 PM
Great instructable! Yours was the first one I found, and the reason I'm now a member as well!
Pentacle dice: Feb 18, 2010. 11:53 PM
Wax can explode if you leave it in the microwave too long. I've done it... Not very fun to clean up. Eventually we got the hang of it and microwaved it a little at a time.
taylorsoderstrom98 dice: Feb 14, 2010. 4:31 PM
um thanks alot i needed that because i have a major project due and i need to make a candle ha ha ha ...
ricoplace dice: Ene 12, 2010. 11:15 PM
What are wicks really made up of?  Cotton string?. Like around the house or in 100 foot rolls? say 40 lb. test? if, so should i presoak the wick in wax? THere must be something lying around the house!

mikelz dice: Mar 7, 2010. 11:43 AM
You can try using string but it probably won't work. I'm a Zippo user. If you light that thing when it's dry, the wick burns itself down. I think the same thing would happen here - the string would burn but the was never would.
bobftx dice: Dic 12, 2010. 7 AM
Wicks are actually very clevery engineered textiles! Made to burn properly without smoking, to trim themselves as they burn, and to be exactly the right size and weight for a certain size of candle. You have to get wick! You cannot use string, and you cannot make your own.
ricoplace dice: Ene 12, 2010. 11:12 PM
Easier still, Use a blow dryer and some of those Xtra paper napkins from BurgerKing(Re-Use), or whatever. Heat up was, once runny, wipe up with paper napkin.
Works on even wax spilled on carpet!
mikelz dice: Mar 7, 2010. 11:44 AM
Thanks. I would not have thought of that.

heymissmurder13 dice: Dic 17, 2009. 2:52 PM
yes candles are so expensive at stores!!! insane
gilleseg dice: Nov 27, 2009. 8:34 AM
Joanne Fabrics??
Weissensteinburg dice: Nov 27, 2009. 8:38 AM
It's a craft store, similar to Michael's.
xxgearzofgrindxx dice: Nov 9, 2009. 1:31 PM
An easy way to clean up wax is to boil or heat up water, and pour the hot water on the object you want to clean. It melts the wax away
Frindledon3 dice: Jul 25, 2009. 7:14 PM
could you put the wax in the can and microwave it??? if you can tell me how.
Weissensteinburg dice: Jul 25, 2009. 7:28 PM
First off, never microwave anything metal. I'm not sure if you were implying to microwave the soda can, but if you were, don't--it will ruin your microwave. If you're willing to do the cleanup required, you could try melting some wax in a microwave safe container. Just be wary that cleaning wax out of a container is hard. Before you do any substantial amount, though, I would try melting either a small chunk, or a crayon to see how it reacts.
sharlston dice: Abr 1, 2009. 9:58 AM
could you use skateboard wax?
Browncoat dice: Abr 27, 2009. 7:42 PM
I'm betting that skateboard wax is harder (& would take more heat to melt) than normal candle wax. I could be wrong though...
sharlston dice: Abr 27, 2009. 11:22 PM
ill have a look at that and ill tell u if u r right
sharlston dice: Ago 1, 2009. 3:31 AM
its harder but burns longer!!!
Flash+Gordon dice: Mar 29, 2009. 1:36 AM
awesome i have a huge block of wax behind my counter, and imm trya make one of these awesome candles. I hope mine turn out as nice as yours. I rated this 5 stars
mg0930mg dice: Dic 6, 2008. 10:09 AM
I'm making these today. I'll post pictures later. I'm making a birthday cake scented one, and a candy cane scented one.
IX+Smith+XI dice: Oct 20, 2008. 7:38 PM
I herd that you make wax from grease.
How+To+Guy dice: Sep 28, 2008. 4:33 PM
Thanks for the Tut. My aunt used to make candles all the time, but I never learned from her.
1goodcook dice: Sep 20, 2008. 2:27 PM
How can I make a silver (colored) candle for my spouse? does anyone know how to make silvered colored wax???Thank you>>>>
Weissensteinburg dice: Sep 20, 2008. 2:29 PM
Silver crayon?
mg0930mg dice: Dic 6, 2008. 10:11 AM
Haha. Yeah, I have a bunch of silver crayons.
sneakyparasol dice: May 2, 2010. 11:46 PM
maybe melt a silver crayon and dip the finished candle in?
darthdavidik dice: Sep 16, 2008. 9:11 PM
u spelled chanukah wrong but now i finnaly have something i can make without any tools

Weissensteinburg dice: Sep 17, 2008. 11:38 AM
No I didn't...there are many equally accepted ways to spell it, mine being one of them.
mg0930mg dice: Sep 17, 2008. 12:35 PM
there are a good 11 or 12 ways to spell it, or else I would have corrected him. ;)
y2clay14 dice: Ago 14, 2008. 12:40 PM
I have made some candles before and all I did was lined the pan with some tin foil. Just make sure that when you overlap the tin foil you tuck them together good or wax might go in between. then just allow the wax to harden a bit and pull out the tin foil. Then you dont have to clean at all lol
Sunny124613 dice: Jul 17, 2008. 6:38 PM
Bran dice: Jun 15, 2008. 9:51 AM
I'm in the process of making some candles like this, but without the fragrance. Do the crayons create a smell that may be somewhat repulsive?
Weissensteinburg dice: Jun 15, 2008. 11:30 AM
I didn't notice any smell from them. You need so little crayon, that I doubt any smell created would be noticeable.
Bran dice: Jun 15, 2008. 11:44 AM
Awesome! Thanks!
blodefood dice: Abr 8, 2008. 7:45 PM
You can skip the fragrance if you or those you are gifting with these treasures have sensitivities. While it is a bit more expensive, you can get blocks of beeswax (burns longer and somewhat cleaner than regular candle wax) and use those too. These may be available at health food, new age or candle making shops. Gives off a honey-like scent and helps to remove odours from the room. For the "nesting pots" or bain marie (double boiler) make sure that the inside pot has adequate space between its bottom and the bottom of the outside pot. Otherwise your wax may be exposed to excessive temperatures.
xACIDITYx dice: Mar 25, 2008. 1:06 PM
I do this a lot, as both a hobby and as a little business. As for cleaning up, if you do this quite often, get some of Yale's wax remover. What I do is use a double broiler, and melt the wax on the top one (obviously). Then I pick clean all the big parts of the wax, pour the hot water from the bottom of the broiler into the top to get rid of a lot of the wax, then use a dab of the wax remover on the hard side of a sponge to get the last of it. Another tip I found, for if you use pretabbed wicks, is that if you wet a washcloth with cold water, you can use it to barely solidify the bottom of the mold, and then you can place the pre-tabbed wicks in and it will stay where you put it. I alse read somewhere that it's best to leave the candle out to cool down, as opposed to cooling in the fridge or freezer. Great Instructabe! +1
jayro707 dice: Nov 1, 2008. 12:56 PM
xACIDITYx dice: Nov 1, 2008. 1:22 PM
that doesn't belong here.
shadowgravity dice: Dic 27, 2007. 9:33 AM
a good way to clean wax is to put ice cubes on irt for a few minutes and then scrape it off with a piece of plastic. it comes off in one piece usually
Danny dice: Dic 26, 2007. 7:52 PM
You should do a soap one next. Its similar. lard, olive oil, coconut oil, water, fragrance extract and some form of colouring. melt the fat and add tepid water, then add oils, stir and tap to remove bubbles, then add colouring and fragrance, pour and set. something like that
jazybel2 dice: Ene 7, 2008. 9:25 PM
You cant make soap with just those ingredients alone, you are forgetting one critical ingredient:) Sodium hydroxide, aka lye. Or potassium hydroxide if its liquid soap you are after. As far as using crayons to color your candles....this will only cause your wick to clog and go out repeatedly. When you think about how much crayon you really have to use to get decent coloring, its better yo go with oil based color blocks that are made especially for candle wax. IMO if you are going to spend the time, effort and money to make something, it should be made to work properly and safely :)
jazybel2 dice: Ene 7, 2008. 9:37 PM
Forgot to add that candles can be very dangerous when not made properly, ie house burns down to the ground....I would try making a lot of candles first, getting it down pat, testing your candles to make sure they burn correctly, before giving it to someone else to use in their home. Good luck!
Weissensteinburg dice: Ene 8, 2008. 6:57 AM
I've made nine candles so far, all using crayons for coloring, and a few of them have been burned completely. Not one went out on it's own (except for when the candle's life was used up) and they've all burned well.
jazybel2 dice: Ene 8, 2008. 8:34 AM
Well that's good to hear :)
solo.card dice: Sep 12, 2009. 3:37 AM
Not to mention, colouring is really cheap. I get mine for 5g for 50p / $0.25. You only need about 1g to every 100g of candle.
solo.card dice: Sep 12, 2009. 3:38 AM
Sorry, $1 not $0.25
mg0930mg dice: Dic 6, 2008. 10:12 AM
Why don't you make one?
Lance+Mt. dice: Feb 16, 2009. 10 PM
Make a ible PLEASE!
Weissensteinburg dice: Feb 17, 2009. 3:10 AM
There are a few instructables on making soap already. Just search for it.
Lance+Mt. dice: Feb 21, 2009. 7:10 PM
Brother+Monk dice: Dic 18, 2007. 6:01 PM
As an experienced candle maker, I can tell you that the best molds I have ever used were simply cardboard 1/2 gallon milk containers. They do take a large volume of wax to make a decent sized candle, but once they are done all you have to do is open the tops and peel back the cardboard sides to reveal the candle inside. I've made at least a couple dozen of them with this method and been really happy with the results. With most candles, it is best to pop a hole in the bottom center of the container first and feed the wick through the carton before pouring the wax. In place of a good pot, one can melt the wax in an old metal coffee can (the classic tool for most candle makers) to avoid damaging any valuable cooking utensils. Hope that helps. Next batch of candles I make I will be sure to put up a simple Instructables for all...
Stockvillain dice: Dic 9, 2007. 10:22 PM
Popping your tools into the freezer for a few hours oughtta make that wax brittle enough to remove easily.
Weissensteinburg dice: Dic 10, 2007. 11:50 AM
I'll have to try that next time
Yerboogieman dice: Dic 8, 2007. 10:37 PM
i'd just use like an exact-o knife or a razor blade
spike+shadows+%28secret+agent+man%29 dice: Dic 8, 2007. 8:19 AM
what about those candle warmer pads, those are like $4 now. then you can put the wax in small mason jars and suspend the wick when the entire things melted. msny less tools but little more time
Weissensteinburg dice: Dic 8, 2007. 8:26 AM
I've never seen those...sounds cool though! Especially easy for someone in college who lives in a dorm (no access to a stove) Maybe one of those coffee mug warmers could work the same way.
danlab dice: Dic 29, 2009. 6:48 PM
an easier way is to use an old clothe iron on it lowest setting to melt the chunk of wax and pour a stream of wax into your mold/container. (if the wax starts to smoke on the iron turn down the iron before the wax burns).
xACIDITYx dice: Mar 25, 2008. 1:09 PM
The warmer pads take FOREVER to melt the wax, even after I just used slivers I sliced off of the big blocks. It took like 3 hours just to melt the wax and I was only making small votives.
piper1234 dice: Dic 7, 2007. 10:38 PM
:S ah very sad bout your uncle hope he's ok by now, even an innocent wax might become dangerous, caution for all is adviced. hey dont be like that with your aunt at least she's trying, but accidents happens unfortunately :S

; ) hope u mama has enjoyed the candles
Doctor+What dice: Dic 8, 2007. 5:10 PM
My Aunt (censored) is really a prick. I wouldn't say that if she wasn't. She planned my grandparents anniversary marriage, and she was having her sisters (my mom, my aunts *the good ones*) make flower arrangements. They spent a lot of time on them, and she ripped them apart because the colors weren't layered correctly.
Doctor+What dice: Dic 8, 2007. 5:11 PM
And the wax thing was years ago. Luckily he didn't get many scars, and it spared his face. I think.
Doctor+What dice: Dic 7, 2007. 7:30 PM
Where did you get the crayon idea? It is genius. I have used pre-colored wax in the past, but this is way easier and more cost-effective.

BTW, really bad wax story:

My aunt (censored), who is a complete prick, was making candles at home. She is a crafty art person with no talent unlike my Aunt Darla, who is completely amazing and is into everything craft. She overheated her wax, my uncle went into the kitchen to turn it off, and to spare the details, hot flammable wax all over his body. He ran into the back yard, screaming, and dowsed himself with a hose. The burns were bad. Real bad. Third degree bad, all over.
Weissensteinburg dice: Dic 8, 2007. 5:09 AM
Wow. I think I read about it somewhere...ive been wanting to mdo this for a while now, so im not quite sure.
Brennn10 dice: Dic 7, 2007. 6:22 PM
Nice Leatherman in the background!
ducksan dice: Dic 7, 2007. 3:59 PM
As I've said in other comments, the best place for most of these supplies, including the wax, is garage sales. Old pots/pans are cheap as free. Everyone gets rid of candles, too. All you have to do is remove the wicks from melted candles (maybe you can recycle them). I've paid less than a dime per pound for wax in this way, though it's usually more expensive, but still under a dollar. Also, to cool wax, dipping the mold in cold water may hasten hardening.
Always+Dance dice: Dic 7, 2007. 2:31 PM
Those are awesome candles and a very thoughtful gift. I think making candles for someone who enjoys them, is a labor of love ~ very well done.
altaria1993 dice: Dic 7, 2007. 1:57 PM
for the grater part, just get some water boiling in a pan, adn put it under the water, teh wax will most likely drip off the grater in the water, adn start to float, take out the grater, and then wait for the wax to solidify, adn you cna just take teha waxx out of the pan, and maybe even reuse it :P
Weissensteinburg dice: Dic 7, 2007. 4:20 PM
Tried it, while it helps a bit, some scrubbing is still required, and scrubbing a grater not too easy..
altaria1993 dice: Dic 8, 2007. 4:17 AM
it works perfect for me :o
Weissensteinburg dice: Dic 8, 2007. 5:11 AM
Hm...different type of metal, maybe?
altaria1993 dice: Dic 8, 2007. 9:59 AM
i think so :P
Jural dice: Dic 8, 2007. 11:36 AM
I just made some of the candles and used the Mason jars. Turned out great. After I just poured the boiling water into the stainless bowl I was using as a double boiler and it all rinsed out with the hot water. No cleanup at all.
Weissensteinburg dice: Dic 8, 2007. 11:39 AM
Cool! Do you have any pictures of them?
Jural dice: Dic 8, 2007. 9:38 PM
I'll try to take some tomorrow. One thing, don't put them in the freezer. You'll end up with a huge hole in the middle of your candle.
shooby dice: Dic 7, 2007. 8:24 AM
This is cool. How much did that big block of wax cost? For anyone who does not want to ruin their pots and pans (seems like a lot of tears were shed here over that issue), just put some water in the pan, then line the inside with Al foil. Use a ladle to pour wax into the molds.
Weissensteinburg dice: Dic 7, 2007. 12:32 PM
The wax cost $14, but less after my 40% off coupon (in my newspaper every sunday)
Weissensteinburg dice: Dic 7, 2007. 12:33 PM
Oh, and like I said, my pot didn't take much to clean..
Jural dice: Dic 7, 2007. 5:52 AM
You could get some of the small Mason Jars from your local grocer and pour the wax into them. Seal them and they would make great gifts. I would not have thought of the crayon for coloring. Great idea. Great instructable.
Weissensteinburg dice: Dic 7, 2007. 12:31 PM
Good Idea, they can be gotten fairly cheaply, too.
xrobevansx dice: Dic 7, 2007. 4:59 AM
So you saved 15 bucks to ruin a 30 dollar pot...and spend hours doing it. hmm. Nah, my time (and pot) is worth more than that.
Weissensteinburg dice: Dic 7, 2007. 7:24 AM
Actually, the heat of the boiling water kept the wax from hardening, It was the easiest thing to clean of all. Dump it out, and wash like normal.
xrobevansx dice: Dic 7, 2007. 8:06 AM
my friend made candles a lot, ruined many pots
Weissensteinburg dice: Dic 7, 2007. 12:34 PM
Weird, I didn't have a problem. Maybe my pot had that stick resistant coating on it? (can't recall what it's called at the moment)
Sunbanks dice: Dic 8, 2007. 10:05 AM
Weissensteinburg dice: Dic 8, 2007. 11:42 AM
Yeah, I think that's it.
Yerboogieman dice: Dic 8, 2007. 10:54 PM
non stick teflon coat?
Patrik dice: Dic 6, 2007. 10:46 PM
An easier way to deal with the wick is to suspend it in the middle of your mold: before you pour in the wax, thread the wick through a hole in the bottom of your mold, and wind the other end around a toothpick which you place across the top of the mold. Unless the bottom hole is very tight, you may need to seal it with some glue, blue-tac, or tape.
xrobevansx dice: Dic 7, 2007. 4:56 AM
or a drop of wax.
Patrik dice: Dic 7, 2007. 5:15 AM
A drop of wax isn't going to help if the wax you pour into the mold is too hot though. There's plenty of other easy ways to seal the hole - no need to insist on being a purist. ;- )
xrobevansx dice: Dic 7, 2007. 6:12 AM
A pinhole with a wick in it should be able to be sealed long enough by a drop of wax. Feh. Maybe not.
standupclothing dice: Oct 20, 2008. 6:43 PM
ha i just tried to do this with a piece of gum holding the bottom, the molten wax melted through the gum and almost made a huge mess haha
Weissensteinburg dice: Dic 7, 2007. 12:35 PM
That seems a lot more difficult than what I did..each candle took me 15 seconds to add the wick to, and they turned out fine.
GorillazMiko dice: Dic 6, 2007. 7:18 PM
ahh, very nice! (favorited) super cool.
theRIAA dice: Dic 6, 2007. 7:16 PM
i wana make a "thumbs up" candle, with a mold of my hand...
Weissensteinburg dice: Dic 6, 2007. 7:19 PM
DO IT! It wouldn't be too hard to make a mold out of clay. Make sure you post a photo if you do it.
theRIAA dice: Dic 6, 2007. 7:55 PM
clay... i take pottery, that would be super easy!
Weissensteinburg dice: Dic 6, 2007. 8:07 PM
Please do it! You could have the wick coming from your thumb, and color it fleshy.
James+%28pseudo-geek%29 dice: Dic 6, 2007. 9:25 PM
ooooooo please do and post an instructable on it. That sounds AWESOME.
T3h_Muffinator dice: Dic 6, 2007. 7:10 PM
Nice! Perhaps I'll use this 'ible to make my ultimate candelabra!
Weissensteinburg dice: Dic 6, 2007. 7:12 PM
Use it for your menorah!
NachoMahma dice: Dic 6, 2007. 6:50 PM
. Great job! . > cover your work space in newspaper. I wish I had done that. . LOL
T3h_Muffinator dice: Dic 6, 2007. 7:10 PM
Fancii new avatar, Nacho!