Saturday, 15 January 2011

Coronation Candles - Viva Kate and Will!

For a couple of years now I've been rather fond of old coronation cups and have been picking them up at boot sales for about 50p each, (they've since gone up in price a little but you can still get them fairly cheaply). At my wedding last year I used them on the tables with tea lights in and have been using them at home this way ever since. Although they looked very pretty I have been much admiring those posh tea cups and saucers with proper candles in that you get in those 'lady that lunch' type shops. So i thought right that's it Mellett you can't be a bodger all your life, let's do it! And as if by magic I got a candle making kit from the chiefton of the Mellett clan for Christmas! These are put together by Auntie P and are absolutely beautiful, (what a clever bee she is)- So here is how to make pretty yummy smelling candles! If you don't want to buy a kit all the stuff is available on it's own from all good craft shops:

Things you need:
parraffin wax
bees wax
wick thread
wick bases (tabs and pins)

Pretty cool hey! What a good gift!

Get a big saucepan and fill it with a third of water, put it on to boil.
Put a smaller saucepan inside, (like when you melt chocolate)
Weigh out 90g of wax to 10g of bees wax.

Cut the wick to just taller than your cup, poke one end through the whole in the little metal wick stand and pinch it shut with some pliers.

 For goodness sake don't use your best pans! I used trashy old ones but nearly used one of Chris's, which would have been a disaster! Melt your wax stirring well. When it's melted add 5g of dye and 5ml of scent.

Pour about 1cm into the bottom of the cups, try not to get it on the sides or all over anything.
Let it set for 10 mins and melt some more wax.

Use any little sticks to hold your wick straight up right, basically just lean the wick on it. Pour more way in until it's about half full. Leave to sit for about an hour. I walked dustin. The chickens got wet.

Poor wet hens!

Now melt more wax, and fill the cups to the top. Leave them to set and scratch all the wax you splilled off the sides of the cup. (don't worry about it no one is perfect and who wants to be a lady that lunches anyway!)

pretty and posh!

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