A brilliant way to reuse your old jam jars/or teacups/or plantpots or any other water tight (non melty/ non burny) container.
A container ( jam jar/ tea cup / flowerpot …you get the picture)
A bain marie ( or a small heatproof dish that sits on top of a slightly larger sauce pan,but doesn’t touch the bottom) I would use an old one- getting all of the wax out afterwards can prove a challenge.
A wick ( you can use one specifically designed for candlemaking, check a candlemaking website for specific sizes- I am going to use some string! )
A funnel ( not entirely necessary but helpful to have one there in case you need it)
Essential oils or perfume oils if you wish to add a scent.
Ditto dye ( you can use powdered food colouring/pigment/candle making dye) if you wish.
Something to stir your wax with( an old spoon/ stick etc )
Firstly I want to explain that you can use another type of wax, soy/beeswax etc or even paraffin wax but please be aware that paraffin wax is a petroleum based product that is created from the sludge waste when crude oil is refined into gasoline. When lit they give off harmful fumes that can lead to health issues.
I’m using Rapeseed Wax as it is a renewable resource and 100% natural. It also offers a longer burn time than paraffin wax candles.
Place your wax in the top of your bain marie / double boiler/heatproof bowl add water to the bottom pan ( but not so that it touches the top bowl) and gently heat. It may take a while for this to melt but it will do. Stir gently as it does to help the melting process along.
When the wax is completely melted you are ready to pour it. If you wish to add some essential oil /scent or some colour now is the time to do it.
Now to prepare your wick. Your wick will need to be approx. 10cm taller than your container, this will allow you to trim to size when you are finished. If you are using string you may want to dip it first in the molten wax. Grip the end with a pair of tongs and submerge for 30 seconds, remove and lay flat on a piece of newspaper to dry ( this wont take long!)
You now need to either secure your wick to the bottom of the container ( if you are using a wick with a tab, pour a little of the wax into the bottom of the container and hold the tab pressed down for a couple of minutes until the wax hardens and secures the wick) or if you are using string the easier way to do this is to suspend it from the top of your container until it is just touching the bottom. You can do this by sticking a pencil or lolly stick across the container and attaching the string with bluetack to the stick so it is dangling down into the jar/container. Try and make sure it is as central as possible.
Pour your wax into the container stopping approx 1-2 cm from the rim. Make sure your wick is straight and leave the candle to cool. Leave it for about 2-3 hours, as it cools the wax may sink in the middle. This is fine don’t worry! You can then do a second pour to top up the wax where it has dipped a little.
Trim your wick to approx 1cm and leave your candle to set for 24 hours before lighting.
Rapeseed wax is available to buy in our supply store!