Vintage lights for lengthening Fall nightsPosted: October 2, 2014
Thrifting has been good this week. I snapped up three pieces of vintage Hazel Atlas Platonite glassware in October colors. Since they’re not madly desirable they’d be hard to sell in our Dish Sister’s booth. I decided right away I’d re-purposed them as candles.
Years ago I bought boxes of pure beeswax candles on closeout sale from a famous housewares store/catalog. When they arrived I was disappointed to discover they were all a blah, mis-matched range of beige. I didn’t want to pay return postage so I tossed them in a drawer.
I unwrapped the candles and put them in a double boiler over simmering water. If I were planning to make lots and lots of candles, I’d buy a thrift store metal pitcher or something similar to use only for melting wax.
I used a chopstick to retrieve the wicks as the candles melted.
Beeswax takes ages to melt. You don’t want to get hasty, crank up the heat and have it spontaneously combust. (Or maybe you do, in which case you’re a far more interesting person than I am.)
I reused the old wicks to make new wicks. If I’d done this properly, I would have attached them to metal doohickies at the bottom. I’m cheap, okay?
Chopsticks made good wick holders because they were already in my junk drawer. Also, they’re squared off and won’t roll away.
Oops! I ran out of wax before I topped off the sugar bowl.
The instructions I read on the interwebs all used paraffin wax. They specify leaving 1/2″ free at the top to level off the candle after the paraffin cools and sinks in the middle. As it turns out, beeswax shrinks differently.
I didn’t slop wax on the counter, didn’t ignite anything that wasn’t supposed to be burning, and didn’t burn myself. No vintage glassware was permanently harmed. That makes it a complete success in my book.
Time for The Big Reveal!
I trimmed the wicks to 1/4″. Beeswax burns slowly so these candles will probably last most of October if I light them a few hours a night.
How are you lighting the Fall nights at your house?