Making Shabbat Candles at Home
Here is an extremely easy way to make your own Shabbat candles at home or at school. What you will need is sand, containers, Shabbat candles and wax or
The number of candles you want to make simultaneously will determine the amount of supplies to purchase. You can purchase bags of sand at home and garden centers and wax from a craft store. For containers, you can use anything that will be at least as deep as the length of the candles you will use to form your mold.
Pour sand into a large container or pot and moisten until it has the consistency good for making sandcastles.
Take your candle and push it into the sand. As it goes deeper, you must "work" the candle back-and-forth and you press it into the sand. Push it in until the entire candle is in the sand and then pull it out gently. It helps to twist the candle clockwise and counter-clockwise as you pull it out.
The easiest way to melt your paraffin is to place it into a pot and then place this into another pot that is partly filled with water.
Heat the water and the paraffin in the top pot will melt with none of the potential dangers that come from placing it directly on the heat source. If you tap water is hot enough, you don't even have to heat the paraffin on the stove. Instead, place it in a metal coffeepot (such as the type used for camping), cover and run the hot water over the top and sides.
When the wax has melted, simply pour it into the sand molds and allow to harden.
Tap out the sand from the container and brush off the candle. Whallah—Shabbat candles.