I read a few reviews and tutorials before I started and wanted to share what worked for me
You will need
Candle wax - I melted down old candles
Tip - you may also want to purchase a cheap saucepan and wooden spoon - the cleaning afterwards isn't pleasant. I spent £1.75 on a pan and then recycled it with other metals at the dump
1. Prepare the Wax
As I was using part used candles I cut them down into chunks before melting.
I've got quite a candle stash so selectively removed any dark sections of candles and then used a knife to shave these into sections.
TIP - I found a smooth blade much easier to use than a serrated one
2. Prepare the Teacups
I purchased prewaxed wicks with sustainers so they stood in the teacups without needing sellotape across the top
3. Melting the Wax
This was the bit I was most nervous about. I read reviews of wax bursting into flames and that got me scared. The safest method seems to be melting wax in a small pan which is resting in a larger one filled with water
I used a really low heat - my hob has settings 1-9, I used setting 3
The water was just touching the bottom of the small pan and wasn't simmering or bubbling at all
The wax melted really quickly. Very soon I had liquid wax with lumps of wax icebergs gradually melting
TIP - you can add essential oils at this stage
4. Making your Candles
Once you have enough melted wax pour it into the teacups - a little first to secure the wick in place and then fill up to the required amount.
Leave to cool whilst you feel smug and enjoy a well earn cup of tea!
And here are the finished articles....aren't they adorable and what a perfect low cost Christmas / Birthday gift
I hope you found this tutorial useful - please let me know if you've made some Vintage Teacup candles