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Mar. 21st, 2011 @ 10:10 pm Reconstituted candles
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We've been burning a lot of candles recently. klik is burning a lot of incense, and a candle helps neutralise the smoke. Also, it looks decorative and warms up the house! However, we had acquired huge chunks of molten candlewax. And we could throw 'em out and buy new candles, but I didn't want to. So last Saturday we bought a nice length of wick and two moulds.


We sorted the wax on color, chopped it up and melted it 'au bain marie'. When it was completely liquid, we poured it into the mould.


We had two moulds: a cylinder and a square one. We put 'em in pans of cold water, to speed up the cooling process. Wax keeps warm quite long!


The end result. You can see the layers quite nicely, which I like. They're a bit wobbly: we have to trim the undersides so they'll stand up straight again. And the cylinder candle has a huge dent in it, where it cooled unevenly (or something)...
Still, I'm quite pleased with the result. It's not very economical (the moulds are pricey, candles are not), but it makes something useful from something that otherwise would be trash.
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From:merle_
Date:March 21st, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
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I love making candles. I don't have any moulds, but have several used "candle in a jar" jars that are empty enough (and putting the jars in hot water melts the remainder). Weighing down the wick so it does not twist around is something I have not figured out yet. That tiny piece of metal most candles have does not seem to be strong enough to resist the curving that happens during the drying.
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From:fub
Date:March 22nd, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
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These moulds have a small hole in the bottom to run the wick through. We sealed the hole with a piece of adhesive tape, and that made for a very nice, straight wick.
Perhaps you can punch a hole in one of your tins and try the same?
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From:merle_
Date:March 22nd, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
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Alas, the jars I have are glass (and unfortunately rounded). Punching a hole would be unwise. ;-) Buying real moulds is the way to go.

There is a local honey maker who sells candles made from bees' wax that seem to last for about 200 hours so I always keep one of those in reserve in case of power failure. The others are just fun because you can make layers and add different scents.
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From:pluis_beest
Date:March 22nd, 2011 07:32 am (UTC)
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Oooh, wat leuk om te doen! :D
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From:fub
Date:March 22nd, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
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't Is eigenlijk een werkje van niks, maar je bent er wel even zoet mee. En het eindresultaat is leuk en nuttig!
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From:anemoona
Date:March 22nd, 2011 07:38 am (UTC)
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Nice! Waar heb jij de mallen en de lonten gekocht? Ik heb inmiddels een tas vol kaarsstompen waar ik ooit nog een keer kaarsen van wil maken omdat het zonde is om weg te gooien. Misschien heb ik nu genoeg inspiratie.
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From:fub
Date:March 22nd, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
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We hebben bij de Pipoos ingeslagen. Die hebben ook een webshop, maar ze zitten ook in Nijmegen en vele andere steden, voor als je eens in de buurt bent.
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From:nnk0711
Date:March 22nd, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
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vroeger toen ik klein was had ik zo'n hele kit, met was en nog wat dingen. Allemaal verschillende (plastic) vormen, wasco als kleurtjes. Maakte echt veel kaarsen =)
Tip: blokjes maken, niet smelten, die in de vorm doen, en dan vloeibare was er tussendoor. Dat was altijd mijn favo om te maken =)
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From:fub
Date:March 22nd, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
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Ah, da's ook veel minder werk, als je niet alles hoeft te smelten. ;) We hebben ooit ook eens een kaars gekregen die zo was opgebouwd, dat gaf best een leuk effect.

We gaan niet zelf van die wasbolletjes halen enzo -- teveel moeite. Het is meer voor het 'upcyclen' van het 'afval'. :)
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From:xaviar_nl
Date:March 22nd, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
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Grappig hoe glimmend de buitenkant van de kaarsen eruit ziet. Meestal zijn kaarsen vrij dof. I like it!
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From:fub
Date:March 22nd, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
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De was hecht totaal niet aan de vormen, daardoor kregen we hele scherpe hoeken en glimmende oppervlaktes!
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From:gertvr
Date:March 22nd, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Ziet er gezellig uit. Mooie kleuren. Ik neem aan dat de vormen herbruikbaar zijn?
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From:fub
Date:March 22nd, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
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Yup, de vormen zijn van plexiglas gemaakt. Je haalt de kaars gewoon uit de vorm.
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From:fub
Date:March 23rd, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
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Bij de Pipoos. Daar hebben ze ook lont en (als je dat wilt) spullen om de was te kleuren en de kaarsen mee te versieren.
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From:ishtar
Date:March 25th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
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What a very good idea! And...about the money...the moulds may be expensive, but if you keep this up with all the remains of your candles, you might get your refund... And I especially like the idea of using the entire candle. I burn tons of tea lights a year. But I stopped burning candles because of the remains...because I hated throwing so much of it away when the wick had drowned, or something. But this is actually a good idea.....
Wow...love to see you two so active...it's inspiring!
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From:fub
Date:March 26th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
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Sure, eventually, the moulds will pay for themselves. But that will take so long that it's hardly worth doing it for that reason alone.
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