Friday, May 25, 2012

Franken-gyvered Candle Making

I have Franken'd a candle! It took about 10 minutes, a jar, a d6, some string, wax drippings and a pot of boiling water.

To explain a bit more, we like candles. We use candles almost every day, and that leaves us with a lot of candle ends, drippings and similar waxy non-usefuls.

Candle remnants
I recently got a spool of wick from amazon, so I tied one end to a d6 die that was floating around the house (to act as a weight) and then cut the wick to about 1/2" over the top of the jar. I then filled the jar with dead candle bits and put it in a pan of boiling water.

I used a chopstick to poke the wax bits down and added more wax until it seemed full enough. At that point there was a pool of liquid wax and a wax-burg that was attached to the wick about halfway up. If I'd been a little more on top of my game, I would have made the wick long enough to tie around a pencil or some stick-like device  to keep the wick straight. I was not, so instead I brought the jar over to the AC, turned it on high and held the wick straight while it cooled (which took all of a minute).

Ta-da! Practically-instant candle. I'm excited. Now, I just have to wait til tonight to see how well it burns.

I still have designs on making candles and soap from scratch-scratch, but this little project fills my homesteading needs quite nicely for now.

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