Mini Altoids Tin Candle!




Learn how to make a very simple candle with some wax, a wick, and a mini altoids tin! this can be used in a survival situation or just when the power is out. it can easily be put in any pocket to. It is perfect for any caping trip as well. Btw this is my first instructable so go easy on me.

Step 1: First We Need

what we need is

. 1 2" candle wick
. an old candle
. 1 mini altoids tin
.( an open can of gasoline that trails off towards a flame) optional

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Step 2: Melting

 First chop up your wax into little pieces so it will melt fast. Next melt over a stove in a pan till you end up with something like this. Be careful not to over melt the wax as it can burn. Another tip is to melt the wax over a low flame.

Step 3: Pouring

 Here is where it gets tricky. Get your tin ready by placing it in a place where you don't care if wax spills everywhere. I chose a sink because i can just wash the wax away when I spill, and you will spill trust me. ( :  1 thing you have to do is take some wax and seal up the rails where the lid meets the container because if you don't the liquid will get through there.

Step 4: Setting the Wick

  Patience is key in this step because it will normally take 7 minutes to set this wax. stick the wick in the middle of the setting wax. I took a pair of pliers and placed them over the tin so that it would hold it in place. After 7-12 minutes it should be set. now light it up and test it up. TY!



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    3 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    First of all, melting wax in a frying pan can make it ignite and start a fire in your home. Very dangerous and not too smart.Use a double boiler, or like I do,melt the wax in an old tuna can (cleaned) slowly in the oven, on a cookie sheet covered in aluminum.Put the temperature on warm or 200-240 degrees.Remove as soon as it is melted. Should take a few minutes, but much safer.

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    This is pretty cool! Wouldn't it be easier to melt the wax directly in the tin instead of ruining a pot? Also, good luck trying to get that wax out of your sink!