When I first read about using an orange to make a candle it was said to be a great solution when the power goes out and you find you have no candles in the house. Of course I had to try it.
Pixie Boy was rather perplexed as to why I chopped his breakfast orange differently this morning but I needed it cut in half for this experiment. He forgave me, happily slobbering juice all over the place while I scooped out the flesh, making sure the middle stalk of pith stayed intact.
I happened to have some vegetable oil left in the pantry that I didnt actually like using for food (had a weird taste), so using it for this was perfect. You can apparently use any type of oil – olive, sunflower, whatever. Once I had filled it to just under the stalk end I tried to light it. Yeah, that didn’t work so well.
Muttering that maybe the photos I saw online had been doctored I nevertheless perservered and after a few moments of the lighter drying/cooking the stalk it took light and has been burning ever since. It’s been going on 3 hours now. Update: It kept a lovely light going for just over 5 hours.
It works! It produces a nice warm light and a very gentle orange perfume wafts through the room. You could also use the other half to make a cover….perforated with a pattern for effect….and a hole in the middle to let the smoke out. This would be very pretty and effective. But then, you could also use the other half to make another candle.
Oh, I forgot to mention that this works with any citrus fruit. So if you have lemons, limes or grapefruits, you could make a nice arrangement of home made candles.