|Two candle holders I rescued from being pitched into the trash. That's about a $6 savings right there.|
So I asked my boyfriend to help me come up with a way to get the old wax out. First I dusted the candle holders off. Then we got an old pie tin, lined it with foil, and then put a few broken wood chopsticks on the bottom to keep the candle holders off the bottom.
We set the oven to the lowest possible setting. Then we inverted the votives and rested them on the chopsticks. In twenty minutes the old candles had slid out of the containers. I carefully removed them with oven mitts and set them on a paper towel to cool off. I did not try to take the pie plate out of the oven with the liquid wax in it at this time, I just turned off the oven. An hour later it was solidified enough to remove the pie pan with a pot holder.
If I need to get further wax off of the glass I can do it with a hot hair dryer. I'm happy I'll be able to use my pretty candle holders again now.