How to Make an Oil Candle?
What is an Oil Candle?
An oil candle is a replacement for a paraffine candle. An oil candle is usually made of vegetable oil or olive oil over a little glass jar with a cotton pad, match or fabric that may function as the burning wick. An oil candle can be made of many different sizes, depending on the container used. Oil candles can be used when an emergency light is needed or as a decoration item in the house.
Most oil candles can be made in glass, stone, brass, wood, aluminum, like aluminum bottles, or other containers, as long as they can hold the oil inside. The candle wick can be bought at any gift shop or you can make your own out of a piece of cotton or by using a match stick. The items needed to make an oil candle can be obtained at any convenience or gift store.
Things Needed to Make an Oil Candle
- Glass jar
- Olive oil
- Metal string
- Colored water
- Marble beads
- Rounded piece of plastic
How to Make Oil Candles?
To begin making an oil candle, configure the place where you're going to be working at; this can be a table, the patio of your house or the floor in your garden; place all the items needed in the place of work; pour pure water into the glass jar to about 3/4 its capacity; set the glass jar and water aside and continue with the rest of the project.
Get the olive oil or any other kind of oil and pour about 1/4 of oil for the amount of water that is inside the glass jar. You can pour more oil as long as it does not spill over the glass jar.
How to Make a Wick for an Oil Candle?
To make a wick for an oil candle, you can use a cotton pad, a piece of fabric or any other thing that can burn well in the candle. For this project, I used a match stick; To make the wick out of a match stick just cut the head off and use the rest as a wick.
Next, grab the little round piece of plastic and make a hole in the center with a piece of wire or the scissors; make the hole slightly smaller than the diameter of the match stick; now, grab the match stick and insert it into the hole; let half of a centimeter of the match stick go through one end of the hole.
Grab the little piece of plastic with your right thumb and index fingers and drop it gently into the glass jar, making sure that it floats over the water.
The next step is very simple. To finally light up your oil candle, simply light up a match and carefully light the match stick coming out of the little piece of plastic inside the glass jar. Do this very carefully so that you don't lose the work done.
You can make more attractive oil candles by using colored water instead of crystaline water. To do this, just buy some bags of flavoring water, such as orange or lemon flavored water. You can buy them at any convenience store.
On this oil candle, I put a marble bead inside the glass jar and around it, a piece of metal string which I used to hold the wick in place.
You may also put stones, marbles, shells, sand, etc, inside the jar before pouring the water. In this way, oil candles can be used as a decorative piece inside any part of the house.
There are many other types of oil candles and they all look great, but the one I made in this project saves you time and money to make since it's very simple. You can use other water containers, such as brass, stone, aluminum or wood containers and add your personal style for the decoration.