Vintage tea cup candles are a wonderful way to celebrate beautiful family china, while also minimizing the risk of breaking it through multiple sippings and washings. They also make thoughtful gifts and party favours for baby showers, weddings, wedding showers, or children’s birthday parties.
A word to the wise, though: if you’re planning to give your family heirlooms away to people who don’t understand their significance, then you are probably going to put that idea on hold and buy vintage tea cups that don’t have any sentimental value. You can snag these for as little as a dollar on eBAY, or – if online shopping isn’t your bag – then head out to your local thrift store. (Or you can ask to rifle through a friend’s or relative’s attic and probably score a few for free.)
Once you’ve got your cups, you’ll need to gather a few other supplies.
Wax (Go for top quality wax or unscented candles that’s easy to scent and dye, if so desired.)
Wood skewer sticks
Then you’re also going to need a cooking thermometer and some pure essential oils. If you want colour, pick up candle making dyes too. Or, you can just use crayons.
Step 1: Create Wick Support
Use the masking tape to tape two wooden skewers together. Clasp the top of your wick (the bit without the metal disk) between the two sticks.
Step 2: The Set Up
Place the skewers perpendicularly across the top of the cup so that metal disk is resting at the bottom, centre.
Step 3: Heat it Up
Place shaved or sliced wax into the innermost pot of the double boiler and heat on medium-high. After the wax has liquefied, remove the double boiler from the stove’s element and let it cool for two minutes.
Add ins: Now’s the time to add colour and/or scent if you want. Plop the dye in anytime now. Hold off on the scent until the temperature hits 180 degrees. (Hence, the thermometer.) Waiting for this key degree will ensure the scent is absorbed instead of dispersed.
Step 4: Pour, Then Patience
The final step! Pour the wax into the prepared cups, being sure to leave a finger width of space from each cup’s rim. Now, you wait. Six hours is best. Once they are cooled, trim the wick so only an inch is left protruding from the wax, and presto! A perfect vintage tea cup that you can keep for yourself, or gift to mark a special occasion.2017-02-07