How Jamaicans can make money from DIY Microwave Candles

When you buy someone a candle at the store, it’s a thoughtful gesture, especially if you made it yourself. It gives your gift an extra, personalized touch.

Chandelry, the art of making candles, is a tedious process. You’ll typically require wax beads, premade wicks, molds and wax-melting pots.

But what if I told you that you can make candles with your microwave? Even better, using anything, from Glass bottle to plastic bottles as molds? After all, if it can melt cheese, it can be used to make candles using these objects as molds!

How to make candles – Wax from anywhere in DIY Glass of Plastic Molds

A typical candle is made up of two things:

  • Candle
  • Wick

First, you’ll need to get the equiptment as well as the source of Wax to make the candles:

  • Crayons you’re not using anymore
  • Wax
  • A container to hold your candle
  • A small, microwave-safe cup or bowl
  • Popsicle sticks
  • A microwave
  • Cotton string
  • A pair of tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Mortar and pestle

The source of the wax can be old birthday candles, crayola crayons or even beeswax, which is good for making canvas shoes waterproof (Deer, 2015, December 29), if you are fortunate enough to get your hands (Deer, 2015, December 18) on some.

You’ll also need some molds, which you can buy online on Amazon or you can use plastic bottles or even Glass Bottles (Deer, 2013, July 31) cut to make the molds you need.

Making the candles – Multi-coloured multi-layered candles are possible

The instructions to make them are dead simple:

  1. Prepare your wax by peeling off the crayons wrappers
  2. Use the grater to grater the wax
  3. Use the mortar and pestle to pulverize it into a paste, and break them into small pieces.
  4. Cut a piece of cotton string to your desired wick length, making it approximately two inches longer than your candle holder
  5. Place the gratered was in the microwave safe bowl in the microwave
  6. Melt on high heat, for two-to-three minutes. Be careful as the wax is super hot
  7. Add crayon to the molten wax and repeat microwave process. This will give the wax the colour of the crayon
  8. Stir your wax and crayon mixture until it is smooth and the color is even.
  9. Tie the ends of the candle wick to popsicle sticks
  10. Place one popsicle stick in the bottom of the glass or plastic mold and the other end rests on the lid of the mold. You may have to cut to fit
  11. Quickly pour the candle wax and crayon into the mold. Stir your wax and crayon mixture until it is smooth and the color is even.

Make sure to leave two inches between the wax layer and the top of the wick attached to the popsicle sitting on the lid of the mold. For scented candle, add about 10 drops of essential oils to the mix after it has begun to cool.

You can also create different colours of candle wax and pour on successive layers, allowing each to harden before adding a new layer. After the process is finished and the candle has hardened, cool in a refrigerator.

Then from there you just heat the glass or plastic container in water to slowly ease the candle out. You can decorate the candle however you wish to add that extra special touch for a more professional look that you can sell on Etsy (Deer, 2016, February 27).

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References:

  1. Deer, L. (2013, July 31). How to Cut Glass Bottles to make a Rooftop Garden Wick-Based Hydroponic System. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2013/07/how-to-cut-glass-bottles-to-make.html
  2. Deer, L. (2015, December 18). Jamaican Honeybees and American FoulBrood Disease – How the Ministry of Agriculture ban on Imported Honey protects local Agriculture Industry. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/12/Jamaica-American-FoulBrood-Disease-honey-bees.html
  3. Deer, L. (2015, December 29). How to make your Canvas shoes Waterproof. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/12/29/how-to-make-your-canvas-shoes-waterproof/
  4. , L. (2016, February 27). How Jamaicans can make money selling craft items online. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/02/27/how-jamaicans-can-make-money-selling-craft-items-online/
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