Candle Making(mixed ages)
Candle making, at least for the way I teach it, is pretty simple. You put some old candles into a, “bought at a garage sale” fry pan and melt them. You have to be careful not to let the wax get too hot! Everything has flash point and if you melt scraps and an assortment of wax predicting the temperature of it catching on fire is almost impossible!
That being said, I’ve never had trouble or any accidents. I’ve put the statement below on many classroom walls.
Personal safety is your own personal responsibility
Just be patient and keep the temp low. When the wax melts, dip it out into other containers.
Here you can see people dipping candles. Although not as important with older students, I usually put the hot wax into a small can and set it into another pan, just to keep things neat.
You can also make a candle mold out of clay. You form a shape with some sides, stick a wick down into the clay and then pour in the hot wax.
Here is the candle out of its’ clay mold.
A multi-colored dipped candle.
Here are three candles made with the clay mold technique.
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