***Any Candle Crafters Out There On MyLot???***

United States
September 17, 2010 7:21pm CST
Hi All You Crafty People! I need your help as I know nothing about making candles and this will be my first time. I've searched the internet for some help but couldn't find anything I was looking for, so here I am. I would like to make some miniature candles. The wax would go into tiny bottles about an 1" high, so these are very small one's. My question is, can I melt some old candles I have on hand, on my stove in a pan, and use an eyedropper to put the wax into these once it melts? Or will the eyedropper melt from the heat? I just don't know what to use to put the wax into these little tiny bottles and I of course want to be as safe as possible. I sure hope someone out there can help me because I can't find much information on little miniature candles that you make yourself, only the one's for sale that are already made by companies. There's plenty of information on the big one's but that's not what I need. Thanks and I really do appreciate it!
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7 responses
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
18 Sep 10
okay, whatever you do, DON'T use a cooking pan unless you are prepared to kiss that pan good-bye. a good suggestion is to get a steel can, make sure the rim is pretty smooth, bend it to make a spout and put it in a pan of hot water to melt it. you can use old candles, be sure to fish out the old wicks and stuff before you pour it there are glass droppers if you can find one, but it will likely cool the wax and clog up. never heat wax over the heat directly, good way to start a fire, however, with care you can use a microwave - again, use something you don't mind never using again, that wax is nearly impossible to get out.
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• United States
18 Sep 10
Hi ElicBxn! Are you surprised I'm making a discussion, HAHA! I usually never have nothing much to talk about but this one is puzzling me, so I thought what the heck, I'll go to myLot, right?, lol! Thanks for responding, I need all the help I can get. I was going to use an old teflon pan I had, one I don't care about and was not going to use it after that for anything else. Can I use an old soup can to heat the wax in? I mean, inside the pan with water in it? My biggest problem is the pouring of the wax into these teeny, weeny little bottles. They are about 1" high x 1/2" wide, and the opening at the top is only about 1/4" if that. So this is why I thought an eydropper would possible work, but you're probably right about the wax clogging it. I was also going to use the old wicks that are left from the old candles I have. These are not to be really used at all, they are only for dollhouses. I just can't find any information on it anywhere and I really searched on how to do it. This is becoming a little harder than I thought it would be. Hmmm, I just thought of something...maybe I can figure out some kind of funnel that would fit, hmmmm.... These bottles are so tiny it would probably take one second to actually fill it up, hmmm again. Thanks for the info, I have some thinking to do now.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
18 Sep 10
yeah, a soup can, a green bean can... not one with a pop top tho since they aren't going to be lit, you might want to just stiffen a sewing thread with a bit of wax and use that, since its only for looks oh, and wax reduces - a LOT - so be prepared to do a second pour after the wax cools that's why tapers are repeatedly dipped
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• United States
18 Sep 10
Hmm, why can't you use a pop top? I'm just curious. Sewing thread is a great idea, gotcha, I'll probably do that. Oh no, a second pour?, haha. I'm a nervous wreck just doing one, HAHA! I see what you're saying though about the tapers. Oh man, I can just see now there is going to be another discussion about this, probably from the hospital when I burn myself, lol! Wish me luck and Thank You!
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
18 Sep 10
Hi there Kashmere, Yes you can use old candles and recycle the wax. I am not sure about the eye dropper melting or not. I have used a very small funnel before for pouring wax into small containers and it did not melt. I am guessing that the eye dropper would not melt either. Hope it works!
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• United States
18 Sep 10
Hi Sid! Thanks for the information. I'm getting all kinds of ideas here and I'll probably try a few different one's until I get it right. I was just basically concerned about how the heck I'm going to get this wax into such tiny bottles. It's quite a challenge, lol! I hope it works too!
• United States
18 Sep 10
Hi again Sid! Thanks so much for all the responses above and you have some great idea's. Unfortunately, even $5.00 right now is like a million bucks to me, so I can't get the candle melts or warmers. I'm just going to try and find stuff around the house to use, makes it more interesting and quite an adventure, lol! I already made the wicks with thread, as elix mentioned above, and I must say they look hysterical. It's really fun. I'll just try to put them in with tweezers and see where that gets me, lol! And actually, I already have a CD with all the images I want for these. I just have to go to Staples and have them printed out (my printer is out of ink) but Staples is pretty cheap on doing this. They are only going to be 1/2" copies so they'll be really, really small, but adorable. I have Halloween and Christmas to do. We'll just have to wait and see how this turns out. Take care and Thanks again..
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 Sep 10
It's been years since I made any candles....remember when milk used to come in square containers not plastic bottles? We used to make candles in them and add ice so they got these funny holes in them....that's how long it's been since I made a candle....did you buy molds that small? I would think you could melt down the wax from older candles...but getting it into the little bottles would be a challenge....I would suggest using a small funnel....but then again it would probably get hot...too hot to hold on to....I wish you much luck with making your candles and please post a few photos when you get them done.
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• United States
18 Sep 10
Hi jillhill! Yes, I'm going to try to melt it down somehow and find a tiny funnel of some sorts. I also thought about maybe burning an old candle and letting the wax drip into the bottles through the funnel, haha. I'll probably try a few different ways until I figure out which is the easiest. I don't know what I'm doing, can you tell, lol! Of course I can never do nothing simple, and yes, if I ever get this done, I'll post some pictures for everyone. Thanks hon!
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
18 Sep 10
Oh Kashmere, A 5.00 investment in a candle warmer will save you so much aggrevation and much safer.
@GardenGerty (102494)
• United States
18 Sep 10
You should be okay melting the old candles, and you can get glass eye droppers. I just cannot imagine these little bottle candles. It would be nice if you had a picture. Do you have a special purpose in mind for them?
• United States
18 Sep 10
Hi GG!! Yes, the eye glass droppers shouldn't be expensive so I think I'm ok with buying them. I will, if I ever get this done, put a picture up when they're done. I'm going to try and sell these on Ebay for dollhouses. They will not go into the toy category, but will go into the dolls and bears category. The reason for this is that category is more for collectors of dollhouse items, not children. I will specify this in my description also that this is not a children's toy, like most of the seller's do. I thought they would be cute too. I will decoupage a holiday picture on them too since Christmas and Halloween are coming up. Thanks GG!
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
18 Sep 10
I should of read the whole discussion before posting above. What a cool Idea that is!! fishing line would also work for the wicks and can be purchased in the dollar store. ...dental floss also. I bet if you look through images on-line you could find some yankee candle labels and reduce the size down and make some authentic looking labels as well. I can't wait to see the end result ! very very creative, Kashmere!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Sep 10
I don't make candles but I can suggest you use some sort of funnel when transferring the hot wax to a small jar. I would think it would melt an eye dropper. If the old candle is scented it might lose something along the way once it's remelted and reused. Did you look on e-how.com? I have seen some very good instructions on there when it comes to crafts. Good luck with your new venture, carolbee
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• United States
18 Sep 10
Hi there carolbee! Yes, I think I need a funnel and right now I'm looking around the house for something I could use, haha. I'll probably try an eye dropper too for the heck of it, but I don't have one of these at hand. I think the only thing I found on e-how was for bigger candles. I must have looked at 20 different sites or more, but none mention tiny candles, unless they were the miniature tapers. Thanks carol for your help, if I ever get this done I'll post a new discussion with a picture..if they look ok, haha!!!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Sep 10
Wish I could have given you more help than I did in this discussion. It's a proiect I've never tried to make. Sure, would love to see your finished project and will watch for a discussion.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
18 Sep 10
You have some good ideas here kash. I have a machine only because my daughter bought it for me and my problem is when I made my candle, not only was it leaning, but it didn't burn evenly. I hoped someone would have mentioned how to fix a problem like that, but I guess not since it has nothing to do with how you are making yours. There are tiny funnels, (I have one myself) that would fit in those bottles and you can probably find them at the dollar store or something like that. (I have no idea where I got mine, had them for years)
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• United States
18 Sep 10
Hi Carmel! Yes, I'm probably going to get a funnel which would make sense. It would be the easiest way to do this I'm imagining. I love all the ideas here, it sure helps, and then it creates other ideas too. I can't imagine why your candles were leaning. Were they tapers? These shouldn't lean as they are going into the bottles, so I hope they don't. I never thought of any other problems other than getting this wax into such tiny holes. Thanks for helping!
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• United States
18 Sep 10
No they were I guess what is called cylinders? I made it with the mold that came with the machine and yet it leaned and didn't burn well..
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
18 Sep 10
Hi Kash I have no Idea as I have never made any Candles before but I know that there are quite a few People on here that make their own Candles so I hope that someone will be able to give you an answer to this Good to see you again Sweetie big Hugs
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• United States
18 Sep 10
Hi Gabs! Oh, that's ok that you don't know too much about this stuff. I don't know ANYTHING about it, haha. But, good news, I did finish one. I was playing around all day with it and I had loads of fun. Only problem is I've been having nothing but problems today with myLot and the pages loading, so I tried to post a new discussion with the picture of my little candle 8 times, and I gave up. I've had trouble just responding to discussions too..ugh! I can't imagine what I'm doing wrong, if it's me at all. Just to respond to this took me a couple of times, but I'm going over to your discussion now to see if I can respond. Hugs and Thank you!