One interesting candle to make is done using egg shells.
Egg shell candles have a rather interesting appearance with their raggedy edges and quaint charm.
What I like to do is I like to make my egg shell candles and then place them in my egg cup holders. As a child, we had Peter Rabbit egg cup holders along with various other egg cup holders. The egg cup holders make the perfect “candle holder” in this situation.
When I light my egg shell candles and place the egg in the Peter Rabbit egg cup holder, it has a really nice effect. You can place your egg shell candles in anything that can withstand heat and that can hold an egg shell safely such as a wire egg rack.
I personally like to make my egg shell candles with brown eggs, but you could make them with white eggs too. I also prefer to use free range eggs. This is not only because I don’t want to support the chicken farmers that raise chickens in unhealthy and unnatural situations, but also because free range eggs tend to have stronger shells.
When buying eggs to make egg shells candles, you will want extra large eggs. Goose eggs, if available, are also a good idea for making these candles.
The major draw back to egg shell candles is that the candles do not burn long due to the low amount of wax. However, these are still fun candles to make.
Of course, it goes without saying that these are great candles to make for such holidays as Easter.
You Will Need
- Egg shells
- Primed wicks
- Double boiler
- Kitchen scale
- Dye if adding color
- Stearin if making paraffin candles
- Get your wick ready.
- You will need to cut your wick to an appropriate height based on the height of the egg shells.
- Do not put the wick into the egg shells yet
- Clean your egg shells. You will need to be careful when cleaning the egg shells.
- If you are planning on making these egg shell candles, then when you do crack the eggs, try to crack the eggs as close to one end as possible. This will help increase the amount of wax you can add to the egg shell.
- Once the egg shells are clean, you can place them in the egg shell carton in preparation for the pouring of the wax.
- Melt the stearin, dye (optional) and wax.
- Pour the wax into the egg shells once the proper pouring temperature has been reached.
- You will want to fill each egg shell so it is at least Ã‚Â¾ full, if not a little more. As the wax cools, the wax will shrink if using paraffin wax.
- As the wax begins to cool, you will notice that a “skin” has formed on the surface. At this time, push the wick into the wax.
- Don’t remove the wax from the egg shell once the wax has set. Leave the wax in the egg shell just as you leave the wax in a jam jar candle.