Cup of candle

Cup of candle

I love chintzy teacups. The daintier the better. I never actually use them to drink tea out of – they don’t hold a lot of tea, and I just really prefer a mug. This means that there quite a few china tea cups in our cupboard that just stand there gathering dust. When I came across these teacup candles on Pinterest I thought that this would be the perfect solution. However, that pin was a listing on DaWanda and not a tutorial so today I did a little more browsing and found this pin that had some instructions. It looked pretty easy: melt wax, hang wick in cup, pour in wax, and leave it to set.

So here were my supplies:supplies

  • teacups
  • wax candles
  • chopsticks
  • double boiler
  • aluminum

I have had these red candles for a long time already and I never use them so I thought I better give them a new live in a different shape. I didn’t have any wick but I figured I could reuse the wick in the candles. So I cut the first candle in three…

saving the wick

…and shaved off the sides of the candle pieces…

shaving

…I cut away as much of the wax as possible but I didn’t want to cut into the wick and break it. The second candle I just cut into pieces removing the wick as I cut it up.

cutting candle

I put everything in the bowl…

ready to melt

…and placed it on top of a pot with boiling water, creating a double boiler…

double boiler

…I put the pot on the stove and put it on a low heat. Soon the wax started to melt…

melting1

…I was actually expecting it to turn pink but the red candle wax apparently has a lot of pigment (and later I figured the white has no pigment at all) because a little later it looked like this:

melting2

…bright red!

When the wax had melted completely I fished out the wicks. I attached each of them to a chopstick by rolling one end around the chopstick.

attach wick2

And I hung them over the teacups. I figured since they were already hanging straight down I didn’t need to attach those metal disks on the other ends. (I had been planning to make them from the aluminum casing of the tea lights. But I decided to skip that.)

ready the first time

I thought I would have wax left over so I also prepared a glass jar. Then I took the bowl off the pot and poured the wax into the cups.

pouring

Pretty soon I noticed that you actually do need those disks on the other en of the candle wick, because the wick wouldn’t hang straight down into the hot wax.

So I cut up those aluminum casings…

disk1

…cut out a circle and pierced a hole into it.

disk2

I put the end of the wick through the hole…

disk3

…cut out a smaller circle of aluminum, pressed that against the end of the wick and folded over the edges of the bigger circle,

disk4

I poured the wax back into the bowl and cleaned out the cups. Then I prepared them again.

hang over teacups

….poured in the wax and this time it seemed like the wicks were hanging down straight.

I left them to set for a few hours.

second try

They looked just fine but when I checked on them just now before I started writing the blog post there was deep hole in on of the tea cup candles!

all sad

I have no idea why this happened. Maybe I can fix it by pouring in some left over wax tomorrow. The smaller cup looks fine and when I take a picture from the side you can’t even see it.

all set

I’ll play with it some more tomorrow and will try to fix it. But for now I’ll have to declare this pin a half fail. The tutorial didn’t say anything about how the wax would shrink when setting. I’m a bit disappointed as I had high hopes for this one. I’ll probably try this project another time but first I’ll do some more reading on candle making. To be continued…

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Super cute! I’m glad you put that metal disc in afterall! It’s a bit of a protector for the cup. Without it the flame would travel down to the porcelain itself and likely crack it. Eeek! Also sometimes wicks travel upwards as they burn. Very sneaky. When you visit Colorado someday (I can dream) we’ll have to have a tea party with all the Craft camp Coloradans. Yay, pretty teacups!!! :-) I think they turned out great even despite the sink bubble.

    Reply
    • See? I did not know that! I am fascinated by this candle making business, so I’m definitely going to do this more often. Someone else gave me the tip to pour in the wax in layers, letting them set before adding more. That might prevent the dent.

      Oh believe me, when I have the chance to visit the States – Denver will be my first destination!

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