Sunday, November 20, 2011

How To: Save Candles

Let's say you like candles because they smell nice, or because you don't want to kill house guests and pets when you pass gas. Great. But after they burn for a little while, candles tend to look like this:
The wick's self-preservation instincts in action.

But despair not! You can still get mileage out of those precious Yankee Candles. You will need the following items:
  • pot
  • butcher's twine
  • tongs
  • round cookie cutter(s)

Step 1: Boil water in a pot
Unless your name is Akane Tendo, there's no way you'll mess this up.

Step 2: Put the candle(s) in the boiling water.
The candles will float, but to ensure that they don't smoosh against the super heated metal and cause the glass to crack, you can put cookie cutters under them to keep them in place. In the picture below, the top candle is not cooperating. 
"I shall float freeeeeeeee!" 

Step 3: Remove from water
Use tongs, and be very, very careful. For the ladies: your man can help during this step.

Step 4: Combine the melted wax into one container.
A normal person would put down one candle, and then use the tongs to pour out the wax from the other candle. In this picture, Boyfriend is using his super power (weak nerve endings in fingers) to handle the hot glass. 

 Step 5: Suspend new wick.
First, dip the butcher's twine into the wax. Then tie it to something to suspend it above the glass. When it cools, cut it into an appropriate length.

The end result:
A candle with a new lease on life! <3
"Is this edible? No? Then take it away."

This blog post brought to you by Rabid Recyclers Inc.

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