We think it is a wonderful idea to reuse and repurpose your candle vessels whenever possible, especially when it comes to beautiful candle vessels. Below we will explain how you can do this at home. Before you do any sort of repurposing with your vessel, you will need to be sure you have cleaned out any remaining wax residue thoroughly.
STEP 1: Burn your candle the right way. The first step actually begins with the first time you light up your new LoveCandle. You can eliminate a lot of work cleaning out your vessel by burning your candle properly. Never burn your candle for more than four hours at a time and be sure to trim your wick after each time it is lit. You will want to do this after each and every time you burn your candle. Use a wick trimmer or nail clipper. However, do not clip your nails with the one you use for your wick LOL. Trimming your wick after each burn will help to prevent any excess soot (black residue) from forming on the inside of your vessel. Burn your candle until the wax melts to the edges of the vessel each time it is lit. For most candles, this will take approximately two hours. Burning your candle until a full melt pool is reached ensures your candle will not tunnel. Tunneling occurs when wax builds up around the perimeter of the vessel. You will also get the most burn time out of your candle by allowing the wax to melt to the edges each time. For safety, extinguish your candle when 1/2“of wax is remaining at the bottom of your vessel.
STEP 2: Remove the excess wax and wick. Fill a pot with water till the water level reaches about half of your candle vessel height. Bring the water to a low simmer heat and place your candle vessel inside. Within five to eight minutes, the remaining wax in your candle should be liquified. Once the wax is fully liquified, turn off the heat. Use a heat resistant glove to remove the vessel from the pot. Pour the liquid wax into a thick trash bag. With your heat resistant glove still on, carefully remove the wick clip and any remaining pieces of wick from the bottom center of the vessel.
Step 3: Rinse the candle vessel with warm, soapy water until all wax residue is removed. Pat dry. Alternately, if you have a wax or tart melter and want to use the excess wax in it, you can remove the wax by placing your candle vessel into the freezer for a few hours. Once chilled, remove the candle from the freezer and use a knife to pop out the excess wax, wick, and wick clip. Put the wax aside to use in your wax melter. Discard the excess wick and wick clip. Use acetone and a cotton swab or paper towel to remove the wax residue.
Please note if your candle vessel has a label that you would like to keep intact, avoid any acetone from coming in contact with the label as it will cause it to fall off. Finally, wash with warm, soapy water until all wax residue is removed and pat dry!
STEP 4: Repurpose it.