Project

Teacup Lights

Antique teacups that have lost their saucers still make sweet gifts when fitted with candles.

Teacup Lights

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2002

materials

  • Nested pans

  • Partially burned candles

  • Candy or candle thermometer

  • Tongs

  • New wicking

  • Teacups

  • Wick sustainers

  • Wooden skewers

steps

  1. In a small pan set over a larger pan of simmering water, melt down old candles; clip the thermometer to the upper pot, and keep temperature at about 185 degrees. Remove old wicks with tongs.

  2. Cut a piece of wicking to the cup's height plus 2 inches. Clamp one end to a wick sustainer; tie the other end around a skewer. Dip wicking and sustainer into melted wax to coat them. Remove and stick sustainer to cup's bottom.

  3. Pour in the wax, stopping 1/2 inch below the cup's rim. Allow wax to set, about 1 hour. The candle will harden with a well in the center. To even it out, use another skewer to prick a circle of holes about 1/16 inch deep around the wick. Pour in melted wax until surface is 1/4 inch below rim. Cut wick.

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