WWMD - What would Martha do?
I had a serious domestic dilemna to contend with yesterday. I refer you to picture number one as evidence of said dilemna. One of three of my votive candles had burned to the bottom. But, what to do? Throw it away? No, that's just what "they" would want me to do. I know, I'll use a knife and drop in a new candle (see picture number two). Alas, as you can see by picture number three, that metal wick thingy (technical term) would not break free.
I was distraught. I couldn't have just two candles flickering on my bathroom ledge. They were a set. I struggled and strained but couldn't get the booger out. I tried plopping a new candle on top but it wouldn't sit down level. I felt lost. With Martha busy preparing for jail, there was no one to call. I sat and I pondered, "What would Martha do?" Aha! I'll find a way to melt the wax. So, I boiled some water in my nifty blue tea kettle and placed my votive holder in a bowl of the boiling water (see picture number four). I easily popped that metal thingy out. Much to my joy, I was able to return the wayward votive to its home on the bathroom shelf (see picture number five).
Note: You would think that glass that holds a hot burning wax would be tempered to resist heat. Think again! When the cold glass votive hit the boiling water, it cracked (see picture number six). I suggest putting warm tap water in glass to warm it up before dropping it in boiling water. However, the glass bowl held up just fine.