Friday, March 25, 2011

how to make candles

A lot of people think that for them to be able to create candles on their own, they need to only use paraffin wax as the base. Little do they know that they can also use crayons as an element in creating candles; so the real question now is how to make candles using crayons.
The first thing that you need to do is to prepare the materials that you will need. Included in this list is 1 pound of paraffin wax, along with 5 pieces of crayons, ice cubes that would amount to up to two trays, an empty carton used for orange juice or milk, a six-inch long package string, and as well as a double boiler. The double boiler is a necessity because it is not advisable to directly melt the paraffin wax over direct heat as it melts very easily and could cause unnecessary accidents. After gathering all the materials that were mentioned, it is now important for you to prepare your milk or orange juice carton. You will be able to prepare this by cutting the top part; when you trim the top part of the carton, make sure that at least six inches will be left. In addition to this, you also need to prepare the package string so that when it is time to pour in the wax, you can drop the string inside the carton that will eventually serve as a wick. When it comes to preparing the wax, you can wait for it to melt under medium heat; when it has already melted, you must break the crayons into small pieces before combining it with the melted wax. When the wax has already been melted properly, place the string in the middle of the carton along with the ice cubes that will enable the string to stand firmly. What you do next is to pour half of the melted wax and wait at least 30 minutes before pouring in the other half; waiting for a couple of minutes is essential because this will assure you that all the ice cubes will be nicely melted. After around 30 minutes, you can already pour in the second half of the melted paraffin and crayons mixture. When you have already given it enough time to set, you can now peel off the carton to reveal the first candle that you made.
After this experience, you will already be aware on how to make candles from scratch and by using crayons as well.

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