Take a tin

WOMAN'S OWN|June 22, 2020

Take a tin
Transform these colourful caddies into a stylish kitchen storage solution, a striking clock or a set of matching candles

All lit up

Fill small tins with wax to create a row of gorgeous colourful candles.

You will need

✽ Decorative metal tins

✽ Large saucepan

✽ Smaller saucepan or clean, dry, empty tin can

✽ Paraffin candle wax pellets (medium melt point)

✽ Preserving thermometer (optional)

✽ Candlewick with metal tab base

✽ Long-handled metal spoon

✽ Small glass jug

✽ Metal skewers

1 Make sure that the decorative tin is clean and dry. Make a double boiler by filling half of a large saucepan with water and placing a smaller saucepan or an empty food tin can inside. No water should be in the smaller pot.

2 Empty some wax pellets into the top of the double boiler (the smaller pan) and set the heat on high. Stir the wax frequently as it heats. You can use a preserving thermometer to monitor the temperature of the wax; the melting point for paraffin wax is around 53-54C.

3 Position a wick in the base of each decorative tin, then, using a jug, pour in the hot liquid wax. Fill to the brim, then secure the wick in the centre by placing a skewer on either side of it, resting on top of the tin. Before the wax sets completely, pierce any bubbles that appear and top up with. more wax.

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June 22, 2020