during the summer, i bought some local beeswax from the honey guy at the farmer's market. (ok, it may have been two or three summers ago.) :)
and then, a friend of mine (hey, j) gave me these little candle tins thinking i could reuse them somehow. so i decided to reuse them in the most obvious way...more candles. i already had wicks, and if i'd thought of candles sooner, i could have even reused some of the leftover wax that i cleaned out. a little essential oil could be added, if desired...and these candle tins could be perpetual candles being refilled over and over again.
my plan was to make the three candles plus a little wood polish in the jar.
while the beeswax was melting, i thought about how i like candles to give off light, not just scent. i really like candles in glass better than in these little tins, so i decided to pour the wax into the jar for a candle first. it turns out that i only had enough beeswax for the candle...so when i get some more beeswax, i'll carry out the rest of my plan.
one of my favorite vegetable bullion jars, wick (i got mine from micheals), and beeswax melted over a double boiler (enamel bowl over a pot of boiling water), pour...and done. i like knowing that beeswax draws toxins out of the air rather than releasing carcinogens like paraffin candles...and it smells divine.
i like my candle without any added scent, because i want a candle to light at dinner time each night. the light honey scent will not interfere with our dinner scents. i'm thinking that all of my candle desires could be fulfilled with one or two of these just being refilled over and over. ...and wouldn't these candles make a great little gift along with some local beeswax and extra wicks? an essential oil or two could be added, if desired.
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