I learned this trick from some friends and perfected it myself. Please not that they are relatively unstable and should not be used for anything other than emergency or novelty purposes. I.E. I do not suggest using these to be part of some sort of dungeon themed room since they would probably light your house on fire.
**Be careful, I do not want some law suit because you are the kind of kid that burns yourself with matches and then you try to make a torch for the fun of it. Whatever you do is your responsibility and in no way is it my problem what happens if you use or misuse this technique**
Step 1: Materials
You will need:
100% Cotton Rope
something to melt the wax in
something to light the torch with
Note you MUST use 100% cotton rope otherwise you will have dripping molten plastic instead of a nice clean-burning torch. Paraffin or any other comparable wax will do. Also you should use a cheep butter knife so you don't kill your heat temper.
Step 2: Preparing the Torches
There are two main ways to tie the rope to the torch shaft. probably the safest way is to cut and tie individual pieces. this way if it burns through at one place you won't have catastrophic failure . The other option is to tie it the same way you would whip the end of a string. Since that method is more complicated i went over it here.
Step 3: Meting the Wax
Cut the wax and drop it in your cans. This is easier if you heat the knife and then cut it. Double boil the wax so you don't destroy your Mom's pots! You don't actually need two tin cans i just did that so i could show my brother.
Melting the wax is relatively safe since it is relatively inert. Once it is fully melted roll the end around in the can until it won't absorb any more. Then place it somewhere to try