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Friday, 2 December 2011

Teacup Candles

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Do you ever have dregs at the bottom of a candle but the wick will no longer light? I get it all the time & I hate  to throw it away, especially as some of them are so expensive. 


I saved up a few old candles and melted the wax down in their glass jars stood in a saucepan of boiling water on the hob and removed the old wick (and any black bits). I used a new wick (these can be picked up from craft stores or Ebay) in a nice Mug - you can use a pretty teacup or Espresso cup. 


I poured the melted wax into the mug and inserted the wick, As it wouldn't stand in the centre on it's own I cut a piece of round cardboard with a hole in the middle and wedged it into the cup to hold the wick in place until the wax had set.
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I then wrapped it up in tissue paper and cellophane wrap (you can get this from some florists or buy it online) and tied with a festive ribbon. After you've burnt the candle you can re-use the mug, as long as it's been thoroughly washed out.


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If your candles aren't quite the right colour or you have white wax then you can buy dyes to colour them. I've bought a dark brown for when I make candles in Espresso Cups. I bought mine from here. You can also buy fragrance oils to make your candles smell nice too.

* I have burnt this candle right down to the bottom with no dregs remaining, which is a lot better than some of the expensive candles that I've had (mentioning no names). After a wash in the dishwasher it was ready to drink my coffee from again.

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