Here is what you will need:
- Double boiler
- A handful of half-burnt candles. If you don’t have any you can buy a block of candle wax of your choice from a craft store.
- Wicks and wick sustainers (one of each teacup). I made my own because I had so many to do but if your only making 20 or less I would just buy them already made.
- Candle thermometer
- Kitchen tongs
- Long wooden skewers
- Take the bigger saucepan and fill it one third of the way with water. Warm the water over medium heat until it’s simmering.
- Place the half-burnt candles in the smaller saucepan and place that inside the bigger saucepan. The candles will melt slowly in the double bath.
- Clip the candle thermometer to the side of the pan and keep the wax at about 180 degrees.
- Once the candles have burned down to a liquid wax consistency, pull the old wicks out with kitchen tongs. Be careful! The wax is hot. Throw out the old wicks.
- Take one teacup. Measure a wick long enough to stick out of the top of the teacup.
- Stick one end of the wick through the center of the metal wick sustainer and pinch. Tie the other end to the center of a wood skewer.
- Holding the skewer horizontally, dip the metal wick sustainer in the melted wax, pull it out, and then stick it to the bottom of your teacup. The skewer can rest across the top of the teacup, keeping your wick vertical.
- Pour the wax into the cup very carefully. Stop about half an inch from the top edge of the cup.
- Repeat steps 5-8 with the other teacups.
- The candles should harden in about an hour. When they’re dry, untie the skewers and trim the wicks so they peek out about half an inch from the top of the candles.