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How to make a new candle from old bits

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This article assumes some knowledge of candle making. If you're a complete beginner, why not try one of our candle making kits first. They all come with a free "How to make candles" booklet.

Gather all your old candles. It doesn't matter if they are moulded or container candles. Nor does it matter how old they are. However, if you've got more container candle bits than moulded, it'd be safer to make container candles with this wax. In that case, the wax would likely be too soft to make pillar candles and the candle could collapse and make a mess.

In a rush? Bung all the bits in a pot, leave it to melt and then strain through a cloth (micro fibre preferably). Nice clean wax. Add more scent and/or dye if required. Make candles. Job done. Enjoy.

If you've got lots and lots and lots of time, use a cloth to remove all the dust. Then pick and snip all the burnt wick ends which will spoil your new candles.

When you have enough wax to make a few candles, place the wax in a pot. Place that pot in another pot with water in it. When all the wax has fully melted, use a fork or spoon to remove the bits of wicks and sustainers. Mix the wax well and pour 90% into your container which you will have prepared with a new wick and sustainer earlier.

The mix of colours may give some surprising results. I seem to get brown or grey more often than expected. I don't think it is possible to mix multiple nice scents together and get anything other than different but equally nice scents as a result. In other words, your wax mix will smell nice but the colour may be a pleasant or otherwise surprise.

While your candle bits are waiting for you to make them in to new candles and when you melt them, they are slowly loosing their scent. So, I add a splash just before pouring your new candles.

When your candle has set but is still warm, use the remaining 10% wax to top up the dip that will have formed around the wick. When your candle has fully set and cooled (best left overnight), it's ready to use.

Why not try making a chunky candle. Make your candle as above. Keep some chunks aside from the mix. After the first pour, set the chunks in the top. Or if your container is clear glass, place a chunk or five at various heights as you pour.

Warning! Making basic candles is not difficult, but getting perfect results takes time and practice. Never leave a lit candle unatended, below or close to other objects. Keep out of the reach of children and animals.

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