Thursday, January 12, 2006

reduce, reuse, recycle! ... and other stories

The scented candle we had for the longest time finally burned itself out a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, for some weird reason it burned crooked/lopsided, so there was A LOT of wax still left in its glass jar.

We both agreed that there seemed to be so much left that we might as well try to recycle/reuse it somehow.
Made a trip to the local craft store, and bought a pack of 3" candle wicks.

Kosh wanted to put the glass jar directly on the stove... errr, how about we fill a saucepan with water instead, and put the jar into the pan? Then the water heats the jar safely maaaaaaaaaah!!

As the wax melted, we could then take the base of the old wick out (it's metal, btw, which is why you should not try doing this in a microwave oven!)

We were a bit worried because the light green melon-apple scented wax melted into a clear red liquid very much like raspberry tea...

But it all turned out fine ... once it got all melted, we let it cool with the new wick in place... and it cooled back into its original color! AND it fills about 1/3 of the original jar!!! That was A LOT of wax!
Haven't lit it up yet to see if the smell is still the same tho :D

Then, seeing as that experiment was a success, Kosh went ahead and re-melted the remnants of another candle, but there was so little of it I suggested using another smaller container for it. Turned out to be the perfect size/volume :-)

There must be some technique to making the wax cool evenly, tho, cos it seemed like the wax kinda "receded" as it cooled: the effect was very obvious in the small container, where it looked like the middle had been sucked down. But not a big deal.

Bottom line = we got two "new" candles, for free!!

Here's how they look:


On another note:

You know the phrase "SHIT HAPPENS"?

Ever wonder if there are equilavents to this phrase in other ideologies and religions?

Well, wonder no more!! has compiled them all for us!!

    Judaism: Why does this shit always happen to us?
    Idolism: Let's bronze this shit

Check it out for some GREAT laughs!! (WARNING - Muslims with no sense of humor, don't even bother, okay?)

... and to top it all off... if my life were a movie...

The Movie Of Your Life Is A Cult Classic

Quirky, offbeat, and even a little campy - your life appeals to a select few.
But if someone's obsessed with you, look out! Your fans are downright freaky.

Your best movie matches: Office Space, Showgirls, The Big Lebowski

... wait a minute... if I have fans they are FREAKY fans?? LMAO!! That is so cool!!


  1. Mwahahaha! I love this shit!!! Hope you don't mind if "borrow" this...:D


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