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DIY :: Egg Candles from Eco Monster

Friday, June 22, 2012

Today we have an amazing DIY for you from the lovely Thoey at Eco Monster! Let’s get started!

WARNING: Candle wax is flammable so DO NOT use direct heat to melt it.  Keep flammable items away from the stove and never leave melting wax unattended. If the wax catches fire, do NOT douse it with water—use a fire extinguisher or baking soda.
Materials you will need to collect:
a. candle thermometer
b. clean empty egg shells
c. old pot for boiling water
d. wick (or old birthday cake candles)
e. used candles (once melted, you can also reuse the wicks)
f. melting pour pot
You can purchase a., d., and f. at your local craft store.

You have three different wick options.  Brand new wire wick can be purchased from your local store however, I recommend recycling old birthday candles or wick from used candles.  You can salvage wick when melting down old candles.  Once everything is melted, you can extract the wick from the melting pot using a skewer or such.

Egg shell preparation:
Crack the top of eggs with a spoon.  Break away carefully until the hole is large enough to poor content out.  Rinse your eggshells using hot water and run your finger around the inside of the egg.  Let dry.

WARNING: Candle wax is flammable so DO NOT use direct heat to melt it.  Keep flammable items away from the stove and never leave melting wax unattended. If the wax catches fire, do NOT douse it with water—use a fire extinguisher or baking soda. (Ed: It deserves to be said twice, friends! Be careful!)

Cover your workplace with newspaper for easy clean up since wax is not fun to clean off counters.  Boil water in a pot and then place your melting pot in.
Melt wax:
Place old, used candles into a double boiler setup and heat to between 125 and 150 degrees. Check the temperature frequently with thermometer and never leave wax unattended. Don’t let it exceed 250 degrees or the vapors could become flammable.

First pour:
Pour melted wax into eggshells three fourths of the way.

Let cool for approximately 10 minutes.  By now, the wax has slightly hardened so now is a good time to put the wicks in.

The wax at this point should be soft yet thick enough to hold your wick up by itself.

Second pour:
Now top off with more melted wax enough to create a smooth surface.  The first pour will create a concave around the wick so a second pouring will fix this.

Float them in a bowl of water!

Thank you, Eco Monster, for this amazing DIY! (I sense some serious egg dishes being created this weekend after my candle making attempts.) Let us know in the comments if you try this!

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