So we turned around and came home. Naturally we were disappointed but as I had nothing else planned I decided I would try making the home made candles I had planned to make after seeing Kirsty Allsop make them on one of her Christmas shows recently.
I searched the charity shops for an antique/vintage cup and saucer but not one of them had any! I have vintage tea sets but of course didn't want to break up a tea set for one cup and saucer. We were in Dunnes Stores getting some messages when I spotted a cute little cup and saucer that I knew would do the job perfectly.
|My first home made candle!|
But that was as good as it got! When the base wax had set I slowly added more wax to top it up to the desired level and the wick went all silly on me. I tried holding the end of it but honestly I would have had to stand there until the cup full of wax set and I had no intention of doing that! That idea was scrapped and I cleaned my effort out of the cup and started again with the length of wick I had bought and then things sailed along perfectly.
Before I list my How To here I would just point out that the little wicks with metal on the end worked out for me today making tiny candles (I attached the top of the wick to a pencil above the glass with a bit of sticky tack). Clearly they don't work as well in a bigger container like my cup.
So, here it is: How to make a home made candle:
Before we begin, and this is VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT HEAT THE WAX IN A SAUCEPAN OR IN A MICROWAVE. The wax heats and does not throw out smoke as oil would and so it may overheat and explode into a blaze causing dreadful damage.
~ A medium sized saucepan
~ A heatproof bowl that will sit on the top of the saucepan
~ A large metal spoon
~ A heatproof jug
~ Candle wax or an old candle
~ Candle wax dye if using
~ Sharp scissors
~ Sharp (small) knife
~ A pencil (preferable with ridges so that it doesn't move about on candle vessel. If you haven't one a bit of sticky tack will hold a smooth pencil in place)
~ A utensil to set the candle in or a dish or cup and saucer if desired
1. Put boiling water in the saucepan and set the heatproof dish on the top of it (make sure it is not touching the water).
4. Keep an eye on the bowl and pan until the wax has melted. Add the wax dye if using and stir in. You don't need a lot of the wax dye and I just shaved bits of the block of it I had bought with a sharp knife and stopped when I had reached the shade I wanted.
It will set in a couple of hours.