Once you see my silver plate goblet candle you will be making one for yourself. The candle is super easy to put together and only takes a couple of hours.
I found a pretty silver plate goblet in a box lot of things I bought at an auction. You guys have got a look at the goodies I’ve bought at the auction. Sometimes I get some real deals and sometimes not.
I set the silver plate goblet on a shelf in my workshop waiting for inspiration to strike. It took a while but I came up with the candle idea after seeing a few teacup candle made by one of my thrifty friends. This is my first attempt at candle making. Let's see how it goes.
How To Make A Silver plate Goblet Candle
Supplies for Silver Plate Goblet Candle project:
- Candle Wax
- Bag For Melting Wax
- Salvaged Goblet Or Similar Item
Tools Needed For DIY Candle Project:
- wood skewer
- glue or hot glue
1. Polish The Silver Plate Goblet
Gently rubbing the silver plate dish will remove the tarnish in a few minutes. Don't forget to do the inside of the goblet or at least the top portion that will show above the candle.
You can still see a few small dark pitted areas in the goblet but those imperfections just add character.
2. Melt The Candle Wax
The wax I used for the candle project comes packaged in small blocks. Cut the blocks into smaller pieces with a knife to hasten the melting process.
Put the wax in the plastic melting bag. These bags are a must. No messy pan to clean up.
Fill a saucepan about ⅓ full of water and bring to a gentle boil. Sit the bagged wax into the pot and turn off the heat.
If the wax doesn't melt completely in 15-20 minutes turn the heat back on and watch the wax carefully until it melts.
3. Set The Candle Wick
While waiting for the wax to melt prepare the wick in the goblet. Place a dab of quick setting glue or a dot of hot glue on the metal base of the wick and set in the center bottom of the goblet.
To keep the wick vertical and in the center of the candle set a wood skewer or similar item on the center top of the goblet and wrap the end of the wick around the skewer.
4. Pour Melted Wax Into Goblet
Sit the goblet in a cardboard box or something similar just in case the hot wax overshoots the goblet…..like mine did.
Once the wax is melted carefully pour the wax into the goblet.
If the bag is hot on the bottom use an oven mitt.
I held the bag on the top with one hand and about two thirds of the way down the bag with the other hand and poured the wax. The bag was not hot in those spots.
The wax did pour out of the bag fast and mine overshot the goblet on the first pour. Just take it slow.
You can see in the photo above the wax is on the inside upper rim of the goblet where the wax shot over the side.
I carefully wiped the wax on the rim off with a paper towel while the wax was still soft.
5. Clip The Candle Wick
Once the wax is set unwind or untie the wick from the skewer and trim the wick to ¼” high.
Silver plate dishes are numerous at thrift stores and flea markets. The price is usually very reasonable.
You can use these dishes in so many ways. I’ve made succulent containers using sugars and creamers, trays as magnet boards and bases for cloches, etc. The ideas are endless.
There are all kinds of vintage items or thrift store finds you can use to make a candle. As I mentioned earlier I’ve seen vintage teacup candles and Pam, House of Hawthornes, made a candle using a vintage candy dish she inherited from her grandmother. What a great way to use that dish.
That's it for me. Have you ever made a candle? It you have please share your experience. Thursday is Furniture Fixer Upper Day and it's going to be a doozy! Thanks for being here, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.