may we use unblessed candles as votive candles?
are there any rules about what blessed candles must be made from (example are paraffin candles ok?)?
also may we use the drippings from votive candles to make new votive candles home made (we would only use them as votive candles btw)?
You can do anything you want for non-liturgical candles. Liturgical candles, on the other hand, must be made of at least 51% beeswax to conform to many Biblical scriptures and the tradition of the Church. You will see such candles invariably used at all true Masses, that is, *fully* Traditional Latin Masses (not the half New Order "extraordinary" form). In many New Order sect churches, paraffin and even Crisco is used. This is totally unCatholic.
You need to be sure that you are attending a valid true Catholic Mass, not an invalid New Order or Half New Order service. For an explanation of the true Mass and geographical listings for North America, see the Official Traditional Catholic Directory, available at www.traditio.com/nat.htm.