Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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Vintage Tea Cup Candles

I love vintage tea cups...you can find so many mismatched vintage tea cups at markets, second-hand and antique shops for very little money.
They are perfect for this easy candle making craft project.
You can use them to decorate a table for a bridal shower, baby shower, a very unique gift or even all in a row as the centrepiece at a Pink Ribbon Breakfast if you're having one!!
Imagine how sweet lots of different tones of pink would look.
This vintage tea cup candle project is great for first time candle makers and is very simple.
You should expect to complete the whole project in less that hour.
Depending on how much you invest in your vintage tea cups, each candle should cost you about $7 or less. You can also use your vintage tea cup over and over again. If you want to covert it back to a tea cup then once the candle is used up, simply microwave the teacup. Slip in a paper towel to soak up the liquid wax. Make sure you get it all out and then wash as usual.

To Make a vintage Tea Cup Candle You Will Need:

Teacup and saucer
Wick
Wax
Bamboo skewer
Saucepan
old tin
Tape measure

The first step is to measure how deep your vintage tea cup is. Use your tape measure. Cut your wick to be about 10cm longer. Use the extra length to tie your wick around a pen, wooden skewer, or anything long and thin that can rest on top of the tea cup. Hang the wick down into your vintage tea cup.
It should rest on the bottom of the cup and be centered in the middle of the cup.
Chop up your block of candle wax. Next, Place 1-1/2 cups of wax chopped coarsely into an empty metal can. You can save some old tins for this so you do not have to ruin a pot on the stove. Now, make a double boiler and set the can in a saucepan with about 5cm of water. You should place the pot on the stove. Gently heat this until the wax melts. Now, place some news paper out on your kitchen bench.
Place the vintage tea cup (minus the saucer) on the news paper. Carefully pour the melted candle wax into the tea cup. Fill it up to about 1cm below the teacup. Set the can of leftover wax down back in the hot water. Quickly make sure the wick is centered in the middle of the tea cup. Let the tea cup candle dry.
Then, all I could wish for is a deep bath, glass of wine, good book and a row of these flickering away...bliss!

Tips: To add scents or colour (PINK of course this month!!!) to your candle,
pour them in the wax while it is liquid.

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