I've always loved decorating my home with candles. I started using wax candle tapers from the Colonial Candle Company decades ago and changed the tapers on my tables for everyday use, the holidays or the various seasons.
I graduated from the Colonial Candle Company tapers when they went out of business to Yankee Candle wax in glass containers when they came out and also changed them out for everyday use, the holidays or the seasons.
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I had printed off several articles on making candles and knew I needed to buy paraffin wax, wicks and scents. I didn't need any dyes or molds as the candles were going to be clear and contained within the terra-cotta pots. My Mother and I read through all the articles on how to do this until we were satisfied we understood what to do.
Well, with anything you make, sometimes things work and sometimes they don't. This was one of those times. The candles didn't work. For some reason they burned way too hot and the wick flame was too high. There was way too much smoke with the candle so my sister extinguished the candle and told me they were too dangerous to use. I don't know what was wrong with the candles we made. Was there a problem with the wax, the wicks, the way we made them? Who knows. It didn't work and as far as we were concerned that was the end of our candle making experience.
Instead of wasting the pots I decided to remove the wax from the pots. I had read that putting the candles in the freezer for an hour would help to easily remove the wax from the container. It worked perfectly. Given how my candle making attempt didn't work I resorted to just using the terra-cotta pots for my indoor plants or for decorations. Oh, well!