Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wax - Don’t Throw It Out – Craft With It


A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Hi Everyone.

Just a quick post to answer a couple of questions about my previous post.

Crafting with wax.

I had a blogging friend ask where I got my wax.

Well, most of us prim lovers have candles and/or tart burners.

Once we burn the candle or melt the tarts, we are left with the remaining wax.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

*Yes, I know I need to clean that poor thing. :)

If you're like me, you hate to just throw the wax out, so, I don’t.

I pour it into keeper jars or a wax melting pan.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Okay, most of the candles I buy are bakery scents, spices and such, so they all smell wonderfully together.

Most are browns or whitish color wax, so they can be mixed together without turning into a funky color.

But if you have multiple colors of left over wax, just use separate jars.

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Now if your wondering, don’t they loose their scent after being melted?

Sometimes Yes, Sometimes No.

It depends on the quality of the candle and how long it was melted in the tart burner.

But if they do… Just pick up some matching candle scenting oil at Hobby Lobby or some place like that.

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When the wax is melted just add a little oil to it.

Yummies it right up!

Okay, how to melt the saved wax….

I do it two way.

In the glass jars, you can microwave it.

I do it in 30 to 60 second intervals, melt it, pour, melt it, pour, over and over until the entire jar is empty or until I’m finished.

CAUTION though, the jar will get HOT to the touch, so use a small pot holder when removing it from the microwave.

The next way does take a little longer but it is the best for larger projects.

Just store used wax in a metal container.

I keep this wax melting can in a cabinet and store some of my used wax in it.

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You don’t need this specific type of container though, a used Metal coffee tin works too.

When you want to melt the stored wax, just double boil it.

What this means is, take a normal pan, fill it with water, and let it come to a boil.

Then place your metal container into the water.

The water doesn't need to cover the entire can to work, just the bottom to middle portion.

Careful when placing the can into the water, you don't want the boiling water to pour over the sides.

Also Caution because your metal container will get hot to the touch, even the portions not in the water.

So be sure to use dry pot holders when lifting it out.

And that’s it…

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, isn’t that the name of the game these days.

Oh, and one more quick question to answer.

The coloring…

To get a prim blackish color to the wax, just throw in some pieces of black crayons.

Also the prim brownish shade will happen when cinnamon is added.  The hot wax melts the cinnamon and gives it a wonderful prim appearance.


Okay, I’m not the best at explaining things, but I hope this post helps.

If you have any questions, or if I missed anything, just drop me a message.




TheCrankyCrow said...

Great "green" ideas....I always feel guilty throwing out the wax from my tarts after they're spent. (Maybe I'll start saving it and get so much they'll HAVE to let me play with wax again!) ;o) Robin

Raymond Homestead said...

Thanks Tammy, I will start saving my wax, great idea!

Simple Pleasures said...

Hi Tammy,
I'm happy to see a post from you! Hope all is well.

Kendra said...

Ah Ha! That's how they get it prim black...I never thought of that, a little slow sometimes I guess lol!


Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Wow, like Kendra, I never would have thought to use the black crayons! Thanks for your handy tips for reusing wax (I secretly have globs from my tart burner stashed here and there)
Blessings Tam

The Farmers Daughter said...

What a really great tip! I have lots of stubbies from bees wax candles--just couldn't throw them away.

Unknown said...

I feel bad throwing the wax where i can recycle it. Thanks for sharing Tam!