I found a new use for my smallest wheel thrown pots – handmade candles!
First, I made small handleless cups (aprox 3/4 pound of clay each). I glazed the interior and the top 1/3 or so of the exterior, and used the opportunity to test out some new Mayco Stroke & Coat glazes. Here’s what they looked like before they became candles:
Next, I stocked up on candle making supplies at Portland Homestead Supply Company, an amazing store for all kinds of lost-art home crafts. I started by cutting wicks to length, inserting them into the metal wick holders, using sticky dots to secure the wick holders to the bottoms of the cups, and then holding the wick taut on a handy little metal tool (although I found that a pencil and a piece of scotch tape worked almost as well!)
Next, I broke up the large hexagon of beeswax and put the chunks in a glass jar, which I heated on the stove in a pot with several inches of water. It took forever! I could not believe how long the wax took to melt – I kept checking on it to see if there was anything I could do to make it melt faster, but eventually, I just let it take its own sweet time 🙂
Finally, I carefully poured the melted wax into the cups, let it set up, and ta-da – beautiful homemade beeswax candles!
I purposefully did not fill them all the way to the top, but instead left some headspace, so that you can admire the color on the inside, as well as the outside.
I used just one of my handleless mugs glazed in Mayco’s Speckled Stroke & Coat – I really like how this one came out, even though it’s a little larger and chunkier: