Candles for Sale!

Alright. After loads and loads of work, we finally have a large enough batch of candles that we can start selling some. 

We're selling them each for $15 including shipping, or $10, for those of you in Seattle. If you'd like more than one, let me know and I'll absolutely give you a discount!

If you'd like to buy one, send me an email at and I will send you paypal instructions. We have lots of green and brownish glass right now and will have some clear by the end of the week, so if you'd prefer certain colors, let me know! 

Aaaand, for those of you who are curious, I wanted to provide some details on the process. 

Step 1: Get Bottles. Drink lots and lots of wine. Recruit friends and family to help.

Step 2: Remove Label. Once the bottle is empty, soak it in soapy water (we just use dish soap) for a couple of hours to remove the label. Label glue varies a ton, so Trav ended up having to use a razor blade and some Goo Gone to get all of the goop off each bottle. 

Step 3: Score the bottle. Trav and I bought this tool from Amazon, which made it fairly easy to get an even cut. Keep the cut shallow; too deep and it will not end well. (See jagged bottles in background of the photo below.)

Step 4: Cut the bottle. Dip the bottle into boiling water until just above the score line, and then into ice water. Alternate a few times until top & bottom separate. In this step, I highly recommend an oven mitt for your hand and some good tongs for digging pieces out of the boiling water. Sometimes, if you've done it right, the separation is perfect. Other times, not so much. 

Sometimes, if you've done it right, the separation is perfect. Other times, not so much. This picture below is one of the first perfect bottles we cut, back in December when we started this process. 

Step 5: Sand Bottle. I don't have pictures of this part, because it was such a boring pain in the ass. But Travis worked really really hard at it, using these and some lukewarm water. 

Step 6: Add Wick. We used these for most of the bottles, although some of the super tall ones needed longer wicks. A little hot glue on the bottom, and the wick stays put. We then wrapped the top around a chopstick or skewer so that we could easily hold the wick in the center of the candle when it came time to pour wax. 

Step 7: Mix Wax. We bought our natural soy wax from CandleScience so that we could buy it in bulk, and then we bought some chardonnay scent. It smells just like a crisp glass of white wine on a cool day once it is lit! We mixed it in a home-crafted double boiler.

Step 8: Pour Wax. Trav held the chopstick and wick in place while I poured the super hot lava wax into the candles. Then we let it sit out for a day or so, which was easier when it was cooler out. 

That's it! Before lighting, we recommend you trim the wick down to about 1/2", pour a glass of wine, and curl up on the couch to relax.  
Posted on May 18, 2014 .