Sunday, October 9, 2011

Candle Making

As part of our Farmer Boy unit we made candles. In the book Almanzo talks about taking his lantern out to do chores and walk to his room at night. We discussed how they didn't have electricity for lighting and instead used candles. We talked about how they made candles was different than how we were making candles. I think Capt. N got the idea & I hope this makes the book a bit more relatable.

The supplies are fairly simple. The necessities are wax, wick & a mold. We used a waxy coated dixie cup as our mold. Our extra goodies were crayons for color & liquid apple scent.

Start by cutting a length of wick about 3" taller than your mold. Tape one end of the wick to the bottom of your mold & wrap the other end around a pencil. I found that we needed to tape the wick to the pencil or it wanted to unwind. I also cut notches out of the dixie cup to hold the pencil.

Next, fill a pot with a couple inches of water & get it boiling. Once boiling, turn the heat down a bit. Put a bar of wax & crayons in a tin can & place the tin can in the hot water to melt the wax.

Melting wax. The crayons melted quicker than the bar of wax.

More melting wax.

Using a pot holder, pour the melted hot wax into your mold.

Now just wait for the wax to harden. Our one box of wax made 8 little candles.

After the wax is hard, peel off the mold and wa-la a candle. I love how most of the crayon wax settled toward the bottom of the candle giving it a gradient appearance. Trim the wick to about half an inch.

Look at that! It even lights!

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