Interesting uses of candle stubs

Interesting uses of candle stubs

Interesting Uses of candle stubs:

candle stubs for Lubrication

Candle wax makes a great lubricant for certain kinds of projects. One of the best uses for wax is on sticky drawers; try running a stub along the edges of the drawer to smooth out the edges so it will open and close without a hitch. If the drawer is still sticking, you may need to sand it slightly, as it could be swollen from humidity.

Wax can also be great for sticky zippers.

candle stubs and Dipped candles

One of the interesting uses of candle stubs is returning to a new candle.

Candle stubs can easily be melted down and turned into new candles, and you don’t need to be a crafting wizard to do it. Use a pot over low heat to slowly reduce the wax to liquid, and then you have several easy options for candle creation. One involves making classic dipped candles; cut a length of wick, center your fingers in the middle, and lower it into the wax before raising it again. Allow that layer of wax to dry before dipping again, and repeat until your candles are the desired thickness. You can hang your candles to completely dry and harden before storing them.

Dipped candles can make great presents in addition to lighting sources. If you’re concerned about muddied colors from different candles, you can either combine wax ends wisely (rich red and white will make a pale pink, for example) or melt several pots of wax for candles in different colors or even rainbow dipped candles! You can also use candle dye.

Candle molds in various shapes and sizes are available, which make candle making a cinch for those who don’t want to dip.

candle stubs as a Fire starter

If you want a fire starter with some flare, dip a pinecone into melted wax and allow it to dry. The cones can sit around being decorative until you need something to get the fire going — the flammable wax will help flames get established when you light the fire. Add salt to the wax if you want some additional sparkle with your flames.

candle stubs and Batik

Several cultures use wax-resist dye to make colorful, stunning fabrics, such as batik. To give it a whirl, you’ll need a candle stub, fabric dye, and, of course, a length of fabric. Use the stub to draw designs onto the fabric and then dip it into the dye and process it — the result will be a gorgeous design.

candle stubs as a Leather conditioner

wax is one of the oldest materials used in leather conditioning. If you have a leather project that needs to be more water resistant as well as tough, try treating it with melted wax. Be aware that too many layers of wax can cause the leather to stiffen. For something waterproof but a little less hard, just rub one or two layers of softened wax blended with olive or grapeseed oil into the leather.

Please, be careful when working with melted wax. It is flammable and it can cause fires. Make sure to have the heat on low at all times, and monitor the wax while it’s over the stove.