How to Make an “Everlasting Candle” from Crisco
Thought this would be an interesting project to try, and a fun family activity!
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1 Can Crisco
1-3 Wicks (need to be longer than height of can, cut to match)
1) Open a can of Crisco. The bigger the can, the better.
2) Insert the candle wick into the center of the can of Crisco. If the can has a large diameter, multiple wicks can be inserted. Leave a quarter of an inch of wick showing above the Crisco to make sure the flame is a manageable size.
3) Even out the top of the Crisco so the candle is smooth.
4) Light the wick and enjoy the candle.
from a comment
July 10, 2012 at 17:35
truthfully you can use whatever you want, a string will work just fine, its all a matter of how much work you want to make for yourself and the metal base just makes it easier, trying to push a string centered down the candle so it doenst burn at odd angles would be difficult.
to use home cotton string and make it into a good wick this is what i do.
1. Cut three strips of cotton string to the length of the candle plus 4 inches.
2. Mix 1 tbsp. salt, 3 tbsp. boric acid and 1 cup of water in a bowl. Soak the strips in the mixture for 12 hours. Soak more strips if you are making more candles.
3. Dry the strings by hanging them or laying them out in the sun. Drying times depends on how warm the air is.
4. Braid three strips together tightly. Tape the end of the three strands to a flat surface to keep the braid from unraveling at one end. It also makes it easier to pull tightly.
5. Saturate the wick by dipping it in wax. Dipping the wick in wax makes it stiff. The wax coating also makes lighting easier. Use scissors to hold the wick to avoid burns. Let the wick dry.
6. Tie the wick to the metal or paper piece. This piece holds the wick in place when the wax is poured.