HOW TO TURN RECYCLED WAX INTO LIGHT
How to make your own candles is below, just in case you might want it and it comes from "How to Live without Electricity - and Like It" by Anita Evangelista, which I purchased through amazon.com.
Found on page 19:
Recycled Wax into Light
"Save all wax drippings and leftover ends [of candles] in a heatproof Mason quart canning jar. When the jar is close to full, place it on a potholder (or several thickness' of towel) in a soup pan filled with cold water up to the level of wax. Be certain that the wax jar won't overturn -- lower the water level if necessary. Turn on the heat. The water will eventually boil and gently heat the wax within your Mason jar until it liquefies. Remember that wax can burn, too, so don't let it get too hot.
Use an oven mitt or other protection, and carefully remove the jar of melted wax from the water. Use a fork to stir the wax, and pick out any foreign materials (bits of wick, bugs, etc.) On a heat-proof surface, such as a platter, a cookie pan, or a Pyrex-type baking pan, spray a very light layer of non-stick pan coating (PAM or something similar). Cut a half-dozen 10" to 12" wicks from butcher's string or other cotton string. Now, carefully pour your hot wax onto the surface -- it will spread and begin to cool immediately.
Keep a close eye on this. As it begins to cool, the wax remains pliable --carefully lay a wick across the wax and begin to lift and roll the wax into a tube with the wick in the center. You may need a dull knife or spatula to scrape the last wax off the surface. If you do this correctly, you will end up with a rather rough but serviceable candle in only a matter of minutes.
Lay flat to cool and form you new candle, or place in the refrigerator or outdoors if it's cold out. Trim the wick to about 3/8" on the end you intend to light."
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