Design Loop Reality: Candles

For my upcycling project, I am melting the leftover waxes from other candles and putting them into one big glass vase for aesthetic appeal. Although this will obviously be an aesthetic project, I hope to also make it functional by adding string to the middle of the molten wax so that I can light the candle when I am finished with the project.

To begin this project, I have been thinking about all the materials I will need. Fortunately I have lots of left over wax and string that needs used. I also have a roommate who has a hot plate, which will be important when it comes to actually melting the wax. Next on the list will be getting a glass, or other aesthetically appealing, vase.

I’ve also thought about how I am going to go about layering the colors of the wax. I have about 5 different colors so I am thinking about melting the waxes one at a time, then letting them get about 80% dry before adding the next layer of colored wax. I’ve been on Pinterest the past few weeks and I’ve also seen some ideas where people tilt the vase and get triangular patterns. If the wax is cooperating, then I hope to max a design similar to this!

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  • This is very creative. Your steps on the wax making process are very detailed and they have a lot of detail on them. I never knew that the wick could crack the glass if it was too close. I thought it was cool that the candle wick had two ends that you could light it from. Everyone asked good questions and Emily had answers for all of them. She also has ideas for the future and is looking to do it in the future.

  • Siddharth Nigam
    February 8, 2017 9:23 pm

    This is a great way to reuse some wax and make cool candles out of it! I wonder if you might face problems with different types of candle waxes not mixing well together? I think your resources are great and Pinterest is always brimming with great ideas.


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