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candle making

  1. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I doubt there is a prepper out there who does not have candles in their stockroom. They are simple, effective, and last forever. Candles will certainly have great barter potential as well. I have long ago decided I will never pay retail on another candle. There are just to many ways to attain...
  2. DIY - Do It Yourself
    This year I tried making candles and coloring them with cheapo Chinese crayons. The crayon didn't even melt. Crayola used to work 20 years ago. Does crayola work for coloring paraffin/wax candles? What else can I do short of buying expensive colorant for candles?
  3. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I'm experimenting with different formulas to make long burning candles. Plain paraffin wax simply burns too fast. So I'm adding 30% stearic acid (get it on Ebay) and it seems to be working pretty well. Stearic acid (stearin) causes the candle to burn more slowly and last longer.
  4. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    A week or two ago I posted requests for ideas for uses with old baby food jars. Thanksgiving weekend my daughter and I made candles with the baby food jars. We put the wax into a mason jar and boiled the water in the pot until the wax melted. We purchased three pounds of wax from Hobby...
  5. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I was thinking about making some of my own candles. I have never done this except when i was a kid @ camp at age 10,,, any how.. how much makes what? how many quart sized jars will a pound of wax make? what is a good burn rate? what is the best wick? thanks.
  6. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Ok I came up with this idea last night. I was looking at my wifes old candles that were burned out with no more wick and i got cheap. I decided to melt the candles back down and reuse the wax. The only problem is I am cheap and didn't want to buy wicks. Ok enter phase 2 of my thought...
  7. British Isles and ROI
    I'm sure many know how to do this but for them that don't here are two SHTF candle's I just made, the small one has been burning a good hour now and the large one around 40 mins. You will need jar or tin, I used cotton wool wrapped around barb q sticks, cocktail stick would work, I used...
  8. Urban Survival
    What candles are best to have for maximum light . Or how can a person make homemade candles for maximum brightness for indoor light in disasters. what makes a candle brighter than another anyway? is the wick thicker or longer ?
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