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Beeswax T-light Candles in Bottle Tops

Beeswax bottle top t-lightsWine bottle tops make colourful
t-lights to brighten up
the dark winter nights.wick, sustainers and bottle tops

by Pauline Aslin

Each one takes just 10g of beeswax, so you don’t have to be a large-scale beekeeper to have enough wax to make a few, and because it’s enclosed in the bottle top, you can use discoloured wax that you might not normally use for candles.

Beeswax has a higher melting point than other candle waxes (63ºC), which means it burns more slowly and these t-lights will burn for about 2 hours.

wick sustainersA wick sustainer is important, as it will keep the wick from falling over, which would cause the flame to go out. These can be purchased from candle-making suppliers and some beekeeping suppliers. The postage is usually more expensive than the wick sustainers themselves.

 

Making the t-lights is simplicity itself

You’ll need:wine bottle tops

  • some wine bottle tops;
  • some wick (suitable for beeswax candles with a diameter of about ½ – 1” inch);
  • one wick sustainer per t-light;
  • some reasonably clean beeswax;
  • a double boiler or means to melt the beeswax;
  • a jug for pouring (not a precious one, it’s unlikely ever to be quite the same again);

First acquire your bottle tops. There are some lovely colours and some interesting designs out there and, if you can’t drink enough wine yourself, I find there are usually others who will help.

Melt your wax in a double boiler (or a Pyrex glass or stainless steel mixing bowl over a saucepan of hot water). Cut the wick into small pieces about 1 inch in length and dip each one into the hot wax then thread it into the wick sustainer. You can then use pliers to squash the sustainer around the wick if you want, but I find the wax holds it in quite nicely. I then give it another quick dip in the wax just to get enough wax onto the sustainer to make it stick to the bottom of the up-turned bottle top.wicks in tops

When you have a few wicks set into the bottle tops, pour wax into each one to fill.

spilt wax(A protective table cover is quite a good idea.)

Leave to cool.

Done.Bottle top t-lights (640x570)