Wax Recycling - Ugly Votives

By Bob Sherman

This article was originally written in 1998 and has been rewritten, modernized, and modified for this web site.

Although I call these ugly votives because of their rather crude look, when I first published this article the response to these was overwhelming and I was swamped with requests to sell them. I guess beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. These have character that makes them stand out in the crowd, and because of the mixture of scents they have a "candle shop" smell when burned.

The beauty of this technique is that you never have to store small amounts of wax. This is especially useful if you commonly make small batches of wax.

PLEASE NOTE!! - Candle making can be dangerous if proper safety procedures are not followed. Please read these Safety Rules before attempting any candle making projects.

The beauty of this technique is its simplicity. Just leave a row of votive molds across the back of your work surface with some pre tabbed wicks nearby.

After pouring the first color, insert a pre tabbed wick immediately as thin layers of wax cool much faster than full molds. Auto Wick Pins may also be used if you prefer. Since these may take several candle making sessions to complete, I prefer not to tie up my auto wick pins. As you work pour any leftover wax into the votive molds. For added interest vary the layer thickness and skip some molds altogether - these are most interesting when no two are alike. Once a mold is filled remove the candle and start again.


Note: Although these are created by layering, the appearance is different from traditional layered candles because there will be a lot of trapped air. This causes horizontal lines and holes in the candle surface which adds even more character.

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Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and common candle making practices as of the time of this writing Originally published in 1998 and updated in October 2006 and July 2011. The author and the publisher accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the information presented in this article. This article is presented for informational purposes and is used at your own risk.

Author: Bob Sherman

Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.

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