Wax Crucible

Introduction: Wax Crucible

About: I live with my wife and children in Fort Worth, TX. We enjoy day-trips and junk stores. I'm a firm believer that homemade food tastes better and I love to try new recipes. When I can, I like to head out to the…

If you melt wax often you have encountered the problem of wax residue on your cookware, risking burns attempting to pour from a can or bowl, angry spouses from leaving wax residue in one of their pots or pans.

In order to avoid these things, I decided to create my own wax crucible from junk I had laying around.

Read on.

Step 1: Materials

You will need:

1 tin can (I used a vegetable can)

Tin Snips

Scrap wood for the handle (this is a 1" x 4", app. 10" long)

Marker (for marking stuff, obviously)


Jigsaw (not shown)

Gloves (tin cans are SHARP!)

Step 2: Build It: the Can, the Handle

Remove the label and label adhesive from the can.

Shape it into a slightly oval form.

Place it on the scrap wood and mark the area to be cut out.

Cut it out then test the fit.

Set the can aside and mark where the shape of the handles in the wood.

Cut them out then sand the handle prevent splinters.

Place the can back into the handle and cut notches around 3/4's of the can.

Step 3: Put It Together

Fold the notch flaps down and pre drill holes through the tabs.

Screw then down.

Voila, you are done!

Step 4: Using It

Now that your crucible is complete, you can safely melt and pour wax with it.

Simply place it in a pot of boiling water. The pan must be deep enough that the bottom of the crucible is not resting on the bottom of the pot.

Just keep the water simmering, and it will keep your wax molten.

Thanks for reading!

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    This will come in handy for our wax/oil hand lotion cakes.



    6 years ago

    Nice design... I use a small crockpot and ladle for large amounts of wax, but this would be brill for smaller amounts

    Cairdy Crafts

    Love this idea! I was trying to work out how to do this yesterday and your solution is both practical and also a bit elegant! The large handles are a great idea - no chance of wax or gas burns :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Simpler solution - just get a cheap pot from a yard sale or thrift shop and use it exclusively for crafting.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You want indirect heat when melting wax. Hence the double boiler design. So, I would have to find a pot that fits into another pot, has a handle, and a pouring lip. I used basically trash to make this and it only took me 30 minutes.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is great! I've always wanted a better way to pour wax. I'll have to eat some SpaghettiOs soon and make my own.

    great idea! got any good ideas on how to avoid paint.....glue....glitter in all my boyfriends cookware and dishes? lol. maybe i should buy stock in solo cups! greast i'ble!

    Very clever, and I know of the problem that you speak you. Except with me it was my mother, and getting wax on her dishes. It very rarely ended in my favor. Thanks for sharing your fix, a little to late for me but awesome all the same!