Making oil lamps and candles for free You can very easily make your own candles/oil lamps for free out of regular kitchen waste. This guide describes how to make a unique salted paper wicking for use in Jar oil lamps and Jar candles. Both the candles and oil lamps are designed to use free kitchen oil and have a top that closes so they wont spill or leak in storage. Steps Fill a glass measuring cup with exactly 2 cups (. 45 kg) of soy wax flakes. Leave some room at the top of the cup in case the wax rises during the melting process. Cover the measuring cup with plastic wrap and melt the wax in the microwave in 10 econd increments. Stir the wax with a wooden spoon or wooden craft stick every 10 seconds to distribute the heat and help the wax melt. Use an oven mitt to handle the container. 3 Remove the melted wax from the microwave and remove the plastic wrap. Set the container on a stable surface. 4 Stir several drops of essential oil into the melted wax with the wooden spoon or wooden craft stick. The number of drops depends on the type of oil. You would use fewer drops of strongly scented oil, such as eucalyptus or cinnamon, than of lightly- scented oil.
Start with 10 drops of the oil and use your nose and personal taste as your guide. 5 Pour 1/2 inch (1. 3 cm) of wax into a mason Jar and set a candle wick into the wax. Loop the end of the wick over the lip of the Jar and slowly pour the rest of the wax into the Jar. 6 Pull the wick taut so that it is upright and centered in the candle. Hold the wick in place for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the wax hardens enough that the wick stands up on its own. 7 Trim the end of the wick to 1 inch (2. 54 cm) and put the candle in the refrigerator for 2 hours to harden. Tips
Possible essential oil combinations for homemade candles include lemon and peppermint, rose and sandalwood, cinnamon and orange, or lavender and eucalyptus. You can use your scented soy wax candle as a skin softener. Burn the candle as usual, blow out the flame, dip your fingers into the melted wax and rub it into rough areas of skin, such as your elbows and knees. I nlngs You’ll N 2 cups (. 45 kg) soy wax flakes 2 cup heat-safe glass measuring cup Plastic wrap Microwave Oven mitt Wooden spoon or wooden craft stick Essential oils 1 16 oz. (. 47 L) Mason Jar Candle wick