The Tale of a Candle, Part 3

Now we come to the conclusion of the Great Candle Tinkering Experiment, wherein I discovered:

And now we’re going to learn how to fix those ugly holes that form when a novena candle cools. It’s amazingly simple.

First, when you melt the candle for re-dyeing, chop up a little extra wax and drop it in. Don’t bother to add any extra dye. I have a big block of “container wax” — specifically for jar candles like this. You could break up a tea light and drop it in, if you wish. I forgot to take a picture of this part.

I didn’t think of adding extra wax until I remelted the candles to fix the holes. As it turned out, I didn’t have to remelt the candle entirely to get the hole to smooth out. (And I didn’t take a picture of the extra wax added to the candle before remelting, sorry. As you can see, a little of the now colored extra wax has been poured out. Now the candles will cool …
Once again, an ugly “sinkhole” has formed as the candle cooled.
I placed the extra wax in a pan of simmering water to melt one more time.
As soon as the water comes to a rolling boil, you can turn off the heat. Residual heat will melt the wax completely
Carefully pour the wax into the “sinkhole” and all over the top of the candle.

This may actually be a little too much.


3 thoughts on “The Tale of a Candle, Part 3 (and last)

  1. Any suggestions to keep the wick straight when making or re-filling a glass encased candle? Mine have ALWAYS gone wonky on me and it is quite frustrating as I am sure you can imagine.. lol Even attempting to wiegh down the wick at the bottom of the glass has proven unreliable. I shy away from making them nowadays and just stick to my hand dipped tapers. Which is a long process. Worth it.. but I would really like to just melt and pour.. lol

    1. Worst comes to worst, you can just do this:

      And then this:

      If you don’t have those fancy metal things across the top (they’re called wick bars, and they’re cheap), you can cut a short, lengthwise strip in a drinking straw and string the end of the wick through it.

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