Martha Stewart Living, July/August 1995
To begin, fix a wick with a metal wick tab to the bottom of a jar using plumbers' or wick putty; suspend the wick from a pencil laid across the top of the jar.
Place some bleached beeswax (1 pound fills four or five 8-ounce jars) in a double boiler, and heat to 135 degrees (check with a candy thermometer).
Remove wax from heat, and stir in about 50 drops of a pure, oil-based plant essence, such as lavender, sandalwood, or jasmine. (The exact amount will depend on the oil's intensity and your own preference.)
Pour wax into jars; set jars in a cold-water bath to cool. Add more wax as needed.
Wick with a metal wick tab
Plumbers' or wick putty
Pure, oil-based plant essence, such as lavender, sandalwood, or jasmine
Most of us grew up drinking our milk out of jelly glasses. But using the jars that way neglects one of their most useful properties: the ability of their thick, tempered glass to withstand heat. Antique jelly jars are perfect vessels for scented candles, which make wonderful gifts.