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Q: How to remove candle wax ( Answered,   3 Comments )
Subject: How to remove candle wax
Category: Family and Home > Home
Asked by: jodygold-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 19 Aug 2005 15:11 PDT
Expires: 18 Sep 2005 15:11 PDT
Question ID: 557861
I used drippy candles in an antique (brass?) candle arbra last night
in the wind, outdoors. It has 4 candle holders held by a cherub. How
do I remove wax from the intricate details of the figurine and arbra?
Subject: Re: How to remove candle wax
Answered By: nenna-ga on 24 Aug 2005 11:07 PDT
Hello jodygold-ga,
(Previous GA Question) 

I found some information there that will help you out.

?Sometimes candlewax can be removed by placing the 
candlestick in the freezer and then just peeling it off. These
candlesticks were too big to do that. Sometimes you can disassemble
the little cups and saucers (there are more technical names for them,
but I forget what they're called) that hold the candles plus there
were all the cap thingies (flame tamers?) for the tops of the candles
and place them in boiling water, but I find that method extremely
messy. It seemed I always got some wax on the pieces anyway. In my
opinion the best method is to heat the wax with a hair blow dryer and
wipe it off.?
(Google Groups help on removing wax from brass)

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Subject: Re: How to remove candle wax
From: czh-ga on 19 Aug 2005 15:22 PDT
If it's all brass and small enough, put it on a cookie sheet and put
it in the oven at about 150-200 degrees. When all  of the wax has
melted take it out of the oven and wipe it clean. I use this technique
with all my metal, ceramic and glass candle holders. It works like a
Subject: Re: How to remove candle wax
From: myoarin-ga on 19 Aug 2005 17:09 PDT
You can also use hot water, the hotter the better, pouring it on the
item until it heats up (Watch out), and the wax melts and slides off. 
Works for silver and silver plate, and porcelain too, but not for
glass or other ceramics that may crack under the hot water.
Don't do this with metal items that have a non-tarnish varnish.
Subject: Re: How to remove candle wax
From: athenawiles-ga on 19 Aug 2005 23:45 PDT
also along the lines of heating it up and melting the wax, using a
hairdryer sometimes works well, too.  for smaller items, you can try
freezing them (the wax & the candleholder usually contract at
different rates, and the wax cracks and falls off), but it sounds like
this candelabra might be too big for this to work :-P

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