Supplies

  • Empty Moccona jars
  • Pre-tabbed wicks of a size that is suitable to your jar
  • Wax (soy or bees)
  • Glue
  • Peg

Method

ATTACH THE WICK

  1. Clean Moccona jars, remove labels and lids. Rinse all soapy water, fingerprints or grease.
  2. Pop a dab of glue on the bottom of the pre-tabbed wick, and place it in the centre of the base of the jar.
  3. Your wick should be long enough to extend outside the jar, use a peg or secure it to a skewer to help support the wick and keep it centred in the jar. It’s important that the wick is held still and centered as the wax hardens

MELT WAX

  1. Select a saucepan that is large enough to place your pouring pot into, it will act like a double boiler. Add an inch or two of water to the saucepan and bring it to the boil.
  2. Position your pouring pot into the saucepan of boiling water and reduce heat slightly. Make sure you add water to replace water lost to evaporation. Add the wax to your pouring pot and allow it to melt. Make sure you monitor the temperature given the particular type of wax you are working with.

POUR WAX

  1. Once completely melted, remove the pouring pot and let it cool, just briefly. Once the temperature is around 70, pour the wax into the jar, steadily and slowly. If you're going to use a Moccona jar lid, make sure you fill to a level that leaves space to accommodate the wick and lid.
  2. Allow the wax to completely cool overnight. You may notice the wax has sunken so reheat the wax to top it up.

Remove the peg, and trim the wick so that it reaches about 5 cm above the wax.

Always burn a new candle for at least 1 hour, to ensure there’s an even burn pool out to the edges of the jar.