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Wax Recycling - Ugly Votives
By Bob Sherman
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.
This article assumes basic candle making skills. If you are new to candle
making, my Introduction To Candle Making Course
is free and will show you all the basics for working with wax safely.
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
||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.
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
- October 2006. 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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