Wax on, wax off

by statia on March 23, 2004

I’ve been in search of some new candles for a couple of months now. I have all sorts of ledges in my new place, that need stuff to put on them. I figured candles would be perfect. Seeing as how I spent from October until Febuary on a budget, I really didn’t go out and buy candles. I went looking the other day, and it’s insane how much candles cost. In.sane.

I’ve decided, being the crafty person that I am, (but not in the grandma, put some applique and lace on my sweater type crafty) I’d try my hand at maybe making some of my own candles. After all, it can’t be too hard right? I’ve seen it done on a few shows. Looking it up online though, left my head swimming. The initial out of pocket cost seems a bit pricey. I have a feeling that I’d be obsessive with buying candle making stuff, thus turning my kitchen into a lab.

Anyone else ever try their hand at candle making? Is it worth it, or should I just stick to shelling out the mega wads of cash for them?


buddha March 23, 2004 at 3:03 pm

IKEA=Cheap Candles.

Trust me….

tricia March 23, 2004 at 3:07 pm

It’s fun. Use palm wax. I think it’s worth the $ you put into it. Once you buy all the junk the first time, all you have to buy the next time is basically the wax and dye, right?
Get crafty.

ed March 23, 2004 at 3:47 pm

I’m a big fan of candles myself….I read something somewhere recently about how consistent use indoors can leave soot on the carpet, curtains, furniture, etc…(not to mention your lungs, too I guess??) Something to think about I suppose..

IKEA does have some killer candles for cheap.

theresa March 23, 2004 at 4:16 pm

walmart = cheap candles too. for those of us that don’t live near an ikea.

SJW March 23, 2004 at 4:40 pm

Homemade is always best! Just don’t get out of control.

Wax furniture to match your wax clutch and wax lips = out of control.

jaime March 23, 2004 at 4:44 pm

Go to Pier 1 – they usually have a clearance table and their candles kick ass and last forever, plus they come in purrrrrttttttyyyyyyy colors & smells. If you have a Pier 1 Clearance Store even better!

sphinx March 23, 2004 at 5:19 pm

I have never done it but I have always wanted to. We should try it one weekend. I’ll go halfsies on the supplies with you.

Empress March 23, 2004 at 7:53 pm

I’ve made candles before and it’s a whole lotta mess, in my opinion. I am a candle whore and I’ve found that if I shop eBay, I can usually find some good deals on jar candles – but beware the shipping. Shop Kohl’s clearance for some good candles at dirt cheap price (www.kohls.com). Shop when they’re having free shipping. I have gotten some amazing deals!

Christine March 26, 2004 at 2:44 am

I considered making candles to go with my soaps. Then I discovered that the molds are expensive, you have to learn all this stuff about wick types, sizes and the correct one for a candle – meaning you have to have multiple wick types around … it all just made me appreciate the fact that I can buy a big jar candle at Target for $4!

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