Saturday, December 1, 2012

Candle Make Over

I used to make my own candles all the time, but for some reason I got away from it.  I guess I found other, more exciting things to create! Needless to say,  I still have a lot of candle making supplies up on the shelf. So when I found these "damaged" candles at the Pottery Barn Outlet for $1.00 each, I decided I could easily give them a Candle Make Over and use up some of the wax I had.

If you don't have crafters candle wax, you can melt down all the old half used candles you have in the cupboard.

* an old crock pot
* candle wax or several half used candles
* grundge - cinnamon, cloves, various small seeds (poppy seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, etc. anything will work)
* an old pan (I use a disposable pie plate)
* old spoon (optional)
* scent (optional)

To begin, fill your crock pot with wax and or old candles.  Turn the crock pot on high and wait for the wax to melt. If you do choose to melt down old candles, once the wax has melted remove the wicks with tongs or a spoon.  Also add your candle scent at this time if so desired.

While the wax is melting, set up your work area.  I work on the floor in my basement, but you may want to set up a table with newspaper and perhaps a drop cloth on the floor. 

 Also at his time you will want to make your grundge.   I pour cinnamon and a variety of small seeds into a pan and mix it all together.  You will need a lot more cinnamon than seeds.  I don't measure, but just guessing I would say 1/4 cup cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of several different types of seeds.

Once the wax has melted take a small amount of wax and pour it over the grundge mixture.  Remember the wax is hot.  Use a small cup or ladle to get the wax.

Working quickly, mix the wax and grundge together.  If you notice I use my fingers.  Yes, the wax grundge is hot, but I am moving fast and for some reason I can tolerate it.  But, you make want to use an old spoon for this step.  Apply just enough grudge to cover a small area of the candle at a time.  

Once you get some wax on the candle, again moving quickly, firmly pat the grundge tight against the candle until it begins to stick.  Keep applying more grudge until the entire candle surface is covered.  You may need to mix up more grudge before you get the surface of the candle covered and that is ok.

When your candle is completely covered in grudge and you are satisfied with the way it looks, set it aside to harden.  Once the wax has dried you can add burlap or ribbon to the outside.  Of course if you do add embellishments to the outside be careful when burning your candle.  Remove any embellishments before the candle burns down too far.

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  1. So how do you get your crock pot clean after you have had melted wax in it?

  2. I have that crockpot just for craft use, so I don't worry about getting it super clean. But, if I did want to clean it out I would dump any remaining wax while it was still melted and use really hot water to wash it. I have cleaned out store bought candles from jars I want to keep this way. Sometimes I even run them through the dishwasher. I think the key would be to get as much wax out while it is still melted.

  3. I love this look on candles, what is this style? How can I find more recipes like this?

    1. I would call these grunge, grubby or cake candles. These type of candles are found with a lot of primitive decorating.

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