DIY Candles, Part One

My mother used to make rainbow candles with juice boxes as Christmas gifts for her friends, and the occasional grade school teacher. The good ones anyway, the bad ones she cursed and reviled, loudly and often.

Since I have spent a good month with my mother as she convalesces from a health issue, I decided to try it out. She unfortunately remembered very little from the candle-making process some 30 odd years ago, so this series will be broken up into a few parts. It is trial and error, as all DIY projects are.

To begin, I used paraffin wax, which can be found in the canning goods sections of some grocery stores. The large block is actually bleached beeswax, which I will discuss in another post. Paraffin wax is inexpensive, melts easily, and comes in pre-cut blocks (unlike the beeswax). This makes it easy to use smaller amounts at a time. Old crayons, cotton string, empty juice boxes, and the cookie cutter (again, this was used for a different candle) round out the materials.

In order to weigh down the wick I tied an old screw tied to the bottom, and held at the top by a plastic bag clip, found at the Dollar Store.

The crayons melted much faster than the wax, so I began to add them at the very end. For these candles, I used one crayon per cup of wax. DIY trial and error tip: increase the crayon/wax ratio for more intense colour.

I neatly lay out my materials for the photos, but in reality the work space looks like this. Mr. Ink surveys the craft battlefield as episodes of X-Files plays on my laptop.

It produced a pretty, somewhat pastel coloured rainbow rectangular candle. The inner lining of the juice cups left behind a slight film, easily peeled off. Perhaps next time I will invest in slightly better quality juice.

Wrapped in brown paper and ribbon, it is an easy small token for the Christmas season. Or to keep for yourself in the true spirits of Christmas: greed and gluttony. Hail Satan Santa!

Next session will include experiments with scented candles, different shapes, and, if feasible, layered designs within the wax.

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