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Candle Makeover

I have been pretty busy this morning. I started making over my glass candle holders into the mercury glass look. I am so sorry, I didn’t take pics, but, I intend to do more, so I will be sure to take pics of the makeover.
You know those wonderful candles that have a timer with the led light? I love just those candles! But…I think, they look so plain. No character. So I got the courage up to plump them up
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See how plain those candles look! They are fine how they are, but I wanted them to look like they are real and have been used a lot! I rinsed out the coffee can, filled a saucepan about 1/3 with water.I broke apart 5 taper candles, and removed the wick. I can use those wicks for another project.I placed the broken up candles in the coffee can. I waited for the water to get hot…then placed the coffee can, with candles inside, in the sauce pot. I waited for the candles to melt. Let the candles melt completely.
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I let the wax melt slowly.
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This was part took a while. It was a good idea to use the brown paper bag, because all the wax that spilled down and puddled on the paper, but it was easily removed and put back into the can. This is how it looked with small drips going down the candle.
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It looks better.....but I wanted more chunky. This would take forever to keep dripping it with spoon. And if anyone knows me well, they know I like to get my hands into a project....hehee. I had a small tuna can and put it on the paper bag on the counter. Now the coffee can didn't get too hot to handle, I was prepared to use a oven mitt . So with my right hand, I picked up the coffee can with the melted wax, and with the left hand I lifted the candle keeping it above the tuna can. I thought I would just catch the excess wax in the tuna can instead of just dripping onto the paper bag...and it turned out to be a great idea. I slowly poured the wax on the candle. I noticed the tuna can was filled with wax that was drying up but still warm. I picked up the wax with my fingers and patted it onto the candle....this turned out a easier way. Messy, but easily cleaned off my hands.
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This is a pic of the finished candles.
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I really love the look of these. They don't look fake. I like the way the candle holders turned out also....they were all done with Rustoleum Mirror Effect. I used gold on the center one, and silver on the others.
Just a note: Last night I came home and all the candles were lit up....Gorgeous!!! The beautiful lite that comes through the wax is stunning! I ended up and have done 21 makeovers. Take alook at my profile pic...I changed the candle in my seashell centerpiece...what a difference
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That was before....this is after..
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It's soo beautiful....the shells and small rhinestones has such pretty sparkle! Please, visit my diywebsite for hundreds of
and after...the same candle

Suggested materials:

  • 6 candle tapers (any old/new candles) to melt down
  • Coffee can or something to put the candles in
  • Saucepan
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  • Mar17334076
    on Mar 9, 2017

    Where do you find metal coffee cans? All the stores in my area have gone plastic!

    • Jill Ron Pike
      on Dec 18, 2017

      @ Tami Stone...I think the idea here is to use cans, period. In my case, I'd use canned vegetable cans, or tomato sauce cans, whatever--I don't think her intent was for you to purchase something you don't need. She does specify "coffee can or something to put the candles in" when listing her materials. And...I hope you aren't melting the wax without using a double-boiler?? My daughter caused a horrific fire by melting wax over direct burst into flames in the pot and splattered all over her kitchen!

  • Sharl
    on Oct 28, 2017

    why wouldn't you just use some tapered candles with a lighter and hold it over the edges of the fake candle & let it drip done onto the fake candle? I'm sure you won't get the build up of wax, but it'd be much less messy & not take as long....

  • Mau31403810
    on Oct 29, 2017

    How do you get the candle out of the can once the wax is set?

    • Jill Ron Pike
      on Dec 18, 2017

      You use the melted wax scraps in the can to drizzle onto the pre-made candles. She's using the can as a container for the wax, in the pot of water, as a make-shift double-boiler.

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  • Betty Fromal
    on Oct 29, 2017

    WOW, I love this idea, looks great. I use battery operated candles, I am going to do this to my candles. Thank you so much for sharing this GREAT idea.

  • Patrice Paige
    on Oct 29, 2017

    I love that idea! I usually do a centerpiece with a fresh wreath and tiny pine cones on a silver tray with 5 led lights (with remote) on my table for the Holidays. This will really take it up a notch.

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