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Project | Candle Making

Making candles at Who'd Have Thought

Candle making at Who'd Have ThoughtToday on the blog, I thought I’d let you in on a project we’ve been brewing at Who’d Have Thought.

As we love vintage glassware and candles, we thought why not combine the two to create unique candles!

The best thing about this is that each glass vessel can be either refilled once the candle has had its day or cleaned up to be used for another purpose. This is upcycling at its best.

So, loving nothing more than the chance to get creative, we set about gathering together suitable glass receptacles and purchasing the necessary equipment: soy wax, wicks, candy thermometer, pouring jug.

Vintage glassware

We watched a couple of online tutorials, read a few articles on candle making and away we went. First up, we fixed the wicks to the bottom of the vessels using a hot glue gun.

Fixing wicks into the bottom of vintage glass vessels

We found it easier to do this first than put the wick in after the wax has been poured.

Then we prepared the wax for melting: fill a large pot about halfway up with water, place two spoons at the bottom to act as a trivet (this is so the pouring jug isn’t sitting directly on the bottom of the pot); put water on to boil; measure soy wax flakes into pouring jug (we worked with 1 kg of wax at a time); place jug into water; place thermometer into jug; watch the temperature rise and settle at 80 degrees Celsius (which was what it needed to be for our wax). Watch the wax slowly melt.

Melting wax for candle making

Once the wax was fully melted we could get pouring.

Making candles at Who'd Have Thought

Candle making at Who'd Have Thought

We used kebab sticks to help keep the wicks upright.

Candle making at Who'd Have Thought

We let them sit overnight to ensure they had fully set.

Candle making at Who'd Have Thought

Candle making at Who'd Have Thought

Then we trimmed the wicks.

Candle making at Who'd Have Thought

We lit a candle to celebrate!

Candle making at Who'd Have Thought

 

What do you think of our creations? Now, the next thing we want to do is add fragrances.

What’s your favourite candle aroma? Or perhaps you prefer candles that don’t smell?

Please tell us, we’d love to know!

xx

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