Tea light candles are fun and relatively simple to make and once you begin, you’ll be making many of your own candles in next to no time.
Equipment Tips for Tealight Candles
Apart from your normal stock of candle making supplies, the only addition you need for making tealight candles are a selection of aluminum or plastic tealight cups available from any craft or grocery store.
To prepare your tealight cups place them on a flat and level work surface and set your wicks into each.
You can either use pre-tabbed tea light wicks or prepare your own from 34-24 cotton core waxed wicks.
Set the tabbed tealight wicks in the tea light cups. Try to get them in the center, although during the pour they will probably shift to one side a little unless you secure them with a small amount of hot glue at the base.
Tealight candles can be found almost everywhere, from church entrance halls, to restaurants and people’s living rooms. There really is no limit to possible uses of a set of well made tealight candles.
Troubleshooting Tips for Tea light Candles
Do you have a smoking candle? If your candle is smoking heavily then it’s more than likely that your wick is too large for your candle. First try trimming your candles wick which may be successful. If your candle continues to smoke after trimming its wick, you’ll have to use a smaller wick next time you make that particular candle.
Does your flame flicker and splutter? If your flame flickers and sputters, water is either trapped in the wick, possible from a water bath (if you used one), or there is water in the wax. Make sure that the wick hole in your mold is completely sealed and be careful not to let any water from your double boiler get into the wax.
Dolores Attwood, the author of 5 books for candle makers and self-taught candle maker of 20 years.
Photo. Andrew Smithson