Making a container candle
A great way of saving a few pennies it to re-fill a shop-bought candle that came in a container. Many are glass, but they can also be anything from small metal buckets to coconut shells!
Which Wax To Use:
Container candles need to adhere to the sides of the container. They won't be released from the mould, so no stearin or vybar is needed as an additive. It is now easy to buy specialist 'container wax' and this is really the simplest way to go. Container wax is much softer than standard paraffin wax, it adheres well to the sides of jars, tumblers, metal containers etc, and only requires one pouring. No topping-up is needed because it has very little shrinkage as it cools - Brilliant stuff!
Buy Container Wax
Making the Candle:
1. Calculate the amount of wax you will need to fill the container 2/3 - 3/4 full.
2. Cut a length of suitable wick, making sure you have allowed a little extra length to thread through the sustainer, and enough height to allow the wick to be held with wick supports resting on the top of the container.
3. Give your candle a helping hand by warming the container prior to pouring. Try popping the container in an oven set to the lowest temperature, to warm through whilst the wax is melting.
4. Using a double-boiler, place your wax in the upper pan and start melting it. Once you have brought the water in the lower chamber up the boil, lower the heat so it is just simmering. This will stop small droplets from being spat out and getting into your melting wax.
5. Prepare your wick by threading it into a sustainer and clamping into place.
6. Container candle wicks benefit from pre-waxing. This removes any air and pre-loads the wick. Once you have a small pool of melted wax in your pan, drop your wick assembly into pool. allow it to soak up the wax and then remove it carefully using tweezers, tongs or something else that will stop your fingers from getting burned.
7. Lay the sodden wick on a piece of kitchen paper and using your tweezers, apply pressure up the length of the wick to remove any air bubbles trapped inside.
8. Keep an eye on the temperature of your wax using your thermometer.
9. As the wax starts to approach the recommended pouring temperature, prepare your container by removing it from the oven and using a small amount of bonding wax, secure the sustainer into the center of the container and support the wick in a central position.
10. Make sure all the wax is fully melted and bring it up to the manufacturers recommended pouring temperature.
11. Carefully remove from the heat, add any fragrance and colour (if using it). Mix thoroughly to make sure you don't have 'pools' of fragrance and the colour is evenly distributed.
12. Pour the wax into a jug, then carefully pour the wax into the container filling approx 3/4 full. Make sure the wick is supported in a central position and leave to cool thoroughly (preferably overnight).