I promise you, as soon as you’ve made one of these beautiful soy tea cup candles you won’t ever buy one as they are just too easy to make (within 5 mins you’ll have it poured and cooling), your house will turn into a mini production unit guaranteed. I’ve been making these for over a year and a half now and my house is full of them, I’ve sold them very successfully in craft fairs and online as they make such a fabulous presents (think Mothers Day, Birthdays and Christmas) and they also make wonderful additions to table centre pieces or dotted around a venue to add some ambience for a vintage tea party or mad hatter tea party . I use soy wax because its eco-friendly, water soluble and burns at lower temperatures so as not to damage the vintage china. You can purchase or hire these through my vintage china hire website vintage tea sets but they are so fun to make, give them a go!
You do need to buy a few things, not much. I’ve put together a shopping list for you but for a sound investment of £20 you can have enough tea cup candles for plenty of presents and also fill your house/event with them. They go a long way and burn for over 32 hours. Websites are charging between £12-20 per tea cup candle, you can make many many more for that, you just need to go to some car boot sales and charity shops and buy some tea cups.
Here are my step by step instructions.
What you need:- All the waxes, wicks and scent items are available from this website 4candles
Eco Soya Wax
Wedo Eco Wick
Metal tab for the wick
2 wooden skewers and some gaffa tape (I love gaffa!)
2 saucepans, one small and one large and flat (Make a bain-marie)
Vintage Tea Cup
Step 1 – First you measure the wax out. The wax comes in flakes and I fill the volume of my vintage cup up with flakes one and a half times.
2 – Add to the small saucepan (don’t worry eco wax is water soluble and washes out with some washing up liquid). Place the small pan in the larger pan filled halfway with water and over a medium to low heat gently melt the wax.
3. Prepare your teacup. Cut a length of wick and pull it through the metal tab (all for sale on the website I gave you earlier). You can buy special metal pins to hold the wicks in place so it remains centered. Being a resourceful so and so though I just used some wooden skewers and taped them closely together as seen below and that works just fine. Now all you need do is pour the wax.
4. Now pour gently…….
5. Over half an hour the wax will harden, do not move your tea cup candle during this stage.
6. Finally, trim the wick and light!!!!
I hope you enjoyed that little tutorial. More to come…….