2. After heating the wax flakes in a microwave-safe container until melted (30 to 60 seconds, depending on the strength of the microwave), we tested the temperature with the thermometer and let the wax cool to 125°.
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3. To help keep the Pre-Waxed Medium Bleached Wick with Wick Clip (by Yaley; $2.99 for six; from joann.com) in place ― it falls limp when the wax is poured ― we used wooden skewers and painter’s tape.
Once secured, we poured wax into each vessel to about 1/8 in. below the rim.
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4. After about 30 minutes, we poked holes in the hardening wax near the wick to let air escape (the wax will sink a bit).
We then melted the remaining wax and filled the vessels back up to the original fill line.
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5. Finally, we let the wax cool for a couple of hours, then trimmed the wicks to ¼ in.