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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU BOTTLE CAPS…

9-Painted Caps

I learned how to make these bottle cap charms from my good friend, Thom Wilder.  He creates some of the most incredible hand-made jewelry I’ve ever seen.  Follow OilCanTommy on Instagram to see his work.

I use regular bottle caps…

1-Bottle Caps

And pound them with a hammer until they are flat…

2-Smashing Caps

Then I torch them to remove all the paint…

4-Torching Caps

They will look like this…

7-Raw Caps

Then I paint them with enamel paint…

8-Painting Caps

Once they are baked in the oven, they are ready to be attached to my candles…

Finished Candles2

Finished Candles

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Burning the Candle…

Finished Palm Wax CandlesA few years ago Sunshine and I went to Kauai.  While there, we visited Island Soap and Candle Works in Koloa and watched them make handmade candles.  It looked like a lot of fun so I thought I’d give it a shot.

Once we got home, I got a bunch of candle-making supplies, set up shop and got to work.  Since then, I’ve been experimenting with different waxes, recipes and additives. Here’s my workspace…

Candle-Making Workspace

This weekend I was able to get back in the shop and make more candles.  I started by melting 3 lbs. palm wax…

Melting Palm Wax

When the wax melted and reached 200°F, I added 4 oz. lavender oil, stirred it for a minute and let it cool to 175°F.

I had a few minutes to wait so I added cool metal pieces to the blank jars and attached the wicks.  Then I poured the melted wax and lavender oil mixture into the jars…

Melted Wax in Jars

Now the hard part… I had to wait for them to cool completely.  Here are the finished lavender-scented palm wax candles…

Finished Palm Wax Candles

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