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Recycling Used Candles to Make New Ones?

How do I melt the candles that are too low to burn and add to another candle to make a new one?

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March 12, 20180 found this helpful
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Microwave the little wax that is leftover in a microwave safe dish in minute increments at about half power. Place a wick in a jars. Hold on to the wick with one hand and pour the wax into the jar with the other hand. New candle!

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May 3, 20220 found this helpful

If you have a warmer, you can use it to melt them.

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March 14, 20180 found this helpful
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You can do this several ways. If you have a very old pan that you don't care about anymore, you can add all the candles to the pan and heat them up on the stove. You should do this at the lowest heat possible.

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Second, you can take an old soup can or larger and put the old candles inside the can. Sit this on a small burner and heat it very slowly to melt the wax.

As long as you have a candle wick you can make any candle you want. If you have some old glasses that you don't use any longer, use a toothpick and tie the wick to the toothpick and place on top of the glass. Now pour your melted wax inside the jar and let it harden.

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March 12, 20180 found this helpful

Use the heat of a blow dryer.

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 1,298 Posts
March 12, 20180 found this helpful

You could use a knife to scrape up the remaining wax.

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March 14, 20180 found this helpful

I bought an old crock pot at the thrift store and I use a knife to cut out the wax of the old candles...I keep it until I have a lot of it...then I melt it down by colors and when it is melted I pour into and old cake pan and let it harden...then take out the large piece of wax and store till I am ready to make candles...I cut the wax in chunks and melt what I need to make the candle I want...also melt the wax and dip pinecones in it for firestarters for camp fires or fireplaces....

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March 15, 20180 found this helpful

the easiest thing is to find a nice or serviceable glass container that you want to actually house your new candle in.

Then purchase the wick, or make your own wick by immersing string into melted wax and then rolling it out (don't burn yourself!) by hand to create the shape. Tie it/weigh it down at the end with a thumbtack or small coin. (honestly it's easier just to buy them but in a pinch this method will work)

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insert the wick, all the way to the bottom, and then put all your dried-out candle fragments right into the glass container, as much as possible, grinding it into smaller pieces if possible.

in a safe way put the glass container into a pan with water which you heat up. Hold up the glass container with metal thongs. I think it's best to not let the glass touch the bottom of the pan. As the water heats up (and before boiling) it should all melt. At that point you can find a way to stir it around, or add food colouring or essential oils.

After it's all mixed together how you wish you can turn off the heat and take it out. Voila! new candle.

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