As Ho Chi Minh City-based Marie Curie High School was poised to celebrate its centenary anniversary, students of the school’s chemistry club came up with a brilliant idea of handcrafting artistic container candles to mark the special occasion.
Container candle is a non-flammable container filled with wax and a wick. Students of the Marie Curie chemistry club added a touch of creativity to the products, making candles with pictures seen through their glass containers.
Nguyen Cong Thai Son, the club’s facilitator, explained that he chose to make candles because the items can promote the image of the school, and they are so cheap and easy to make.
“The process is quite easy and our club member can proceed after my brief instruction,” said Son.
According to 11th-grader Ha Vi, it would take around half an hour from start to finish.
“It requires dedication and caution,” Vi said. “Melting the wax, in particular, needs extra attention due to the risk of getting burned.”
Vu Minh Duc, a tenth-grader, said that this candle making experience is extremely practical.
There are three steps to make a container candle.
The students started with positioning the wicks in the middle of the mason jars, adding some sand to the bottom, and putting in several shells and small pebbles, plus and a little picture of the school.
|First off, measure the length of candlewicks.|
|Melting paraffin proves most challenging due to risk of getting burned.|
The second step involves melting the paraffin in a pan until the point of boiling, followed by putting in some pleasant fragrance oils and touching up with glitter.
|Add a foundation of sand to the bottom of the containers.|
|Beautiful finished products.|
Finally, the students filled the mason jars with the boiling paraffin and let them cool off to get the final unique products.
Other than container candles, the chemistry club members also showcased plant sprouts in test-tubes and ‘homemade’ hand wash liquid gels at the school’s 100th anniversary on Saturday morning.
|Pouring boiling wax into the jars.|
|The Chemistry Club has around 30 members.|