As I was perusing through Pintrest, which is a great way to pass the time, I stumbled upon a pin detailing how you make a candle out of an orange. No wax, no wick, no boiling, mixing, pouring, or fancy recipes.
Lucky for me (and all of you) I had some oranges at home so it was game on.
All you need is an orange, knife (to cut the orange), oil (I chose vegetable oil because it is cheap and I didn’t know if this experiment would work), and a lighter or match.
Step 1: Use the knife to cut the orange peel (being very careful not to go to deep and cut the fruit-juicy-yumminess of the orange itself). Remove the peels without tearing them. When you do this, hopefully you will also have a portion to the middle-core-thingy that will act as a wick.
This is harder than it looks. Two oranges and plenty of vitamin c later – I finally managed to get remove the peel without ripping it.
Step: 2: Pour some oil into one of the orange shells (the one that has the longest ‘wick’) and that will be the bottom. As the oil begins to soak into the bottom half you can carve a star or pretty design in the top half of the shell. Be sure to make it large enough so that the heat can escape out the top of the shell. I skipped this part because I ripped the top shell (head hung with shame). 😉
Step 3: Light the ‘wick’. I had to hold the lighter there for several seconds before it lit. Just have patience.
Step 4: If you have a top shell, gently place it on the bottom part. And enjoy. It actually looked quite pretty.
What I noticed after doing this is that it will burn through the bottom of the orange before the flame goes out so be sure to place the orange candle on a glass plate or something similar.
My assistant, JBear, had a ton of questions so will I try this again? Of course. I wonder if we could do the same thing with other citrusy fruits? Only one way to find out.
How about you? Any of you try this before?