the stories of a los angeles violinist

diy candles, people

Added on by Jordan Martone.

have you ever gone into anthropologie and smelled their candles? did you have a holy experience? did you die and go to heaven? then, did you ever buy one of those tins of joy? you probably noticed how quickly they burned. this is the dilemma i've had. i freaking love those candles. if you've given me a gift card sometime in the past year, you can bet that i spent it on a candle... 

so joe and i decided to find a way to make our own candles to save money. joe want on a mission and researched everything we would need and found it all on amazon. soy wax chips, a steel kettle for melting, wicks, and essential oil.

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obviously, i'm a professional, stirring with my chopsticks and all...

basically, we placed the wax in the small kettle, which was then placed in a large pot of boiling water. once it was completely melted together, i added vanilla oil for scent. then i fumbled like a fool with the wicks as i dropped a bit of wax on the bottom of them to secure them to the container of my choice. i poured all the wax in while securing the wicks around some pencils to keep them straight as it set. the next morning, the candle was completely set and ready for burning.

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for my fellow poor friends that have the candle bug, i highly recommend diving into this! it was the easiest diy project i've ever done and it's so fun! make your own candles and put them in those left over anthro tins! anthro-hack... heh heh. 

shout out to joe for bringing the muscles to cleaning the wax out of the containers we used. that job is no fun.