About the Teacup Candles:

We sell mostly regular size teacups, and a few teeny ones that look special.

They are sold with a saucer, but we do not glue them to the cup, because that is not useful. While you use the candle, there is extra heat protection for surfaces if you keep the cup on the saucer. If you are using it for tea later it makes a good place to rest a used teabag or a cookie. Sometimes sugar bowls or creamers are used for candles as well.

These are handmade items and no two, even in a teacup with the same pattern, are exactly alike. I tend to brand my teacup candles with a butterfly stamp, or some type of affirmation, shape, or pattern. Botanicals such as jasmine buds or lavender flowers sometimes float on the surface. Occasionally there is a teacup candle branded with a leaf pattern that indicates that it contains a small amount of non-specific herbal trim.

Some of the oldest vintage tea cups have tea stains, chips, or cracks. Many of them have designs that you do not see because they are filled with wax.

General information about soy candles.


    Soy Wax Facts:
  • Renewable resource.
  • Biodegradable, made from soy bean oil.
  • Non-petroleum; (keep it in the ground) .
  • Non-toxic; containers may be safely reused for food.
  • Long burning.
  • Does not release toxins as it combusts (burns).

Ecosoya brand soy is the type of wax used, but they have just merged with another company and I have just a few cases left for the summer. This wax gives a long burn time, but less of a "scent throw".

Candles poured in teacups or canning jars, do not require holders, but still may get quite hot. Use reasonable caution to avoid burns.

Hemp Wicks are made from natural plant fiber, soaked in melted soy wax, and prepped by hand. Sometimes there 2 or 3 wicks are used in a wide teacup or sugar bowl. Hemp is irregular, and difficult to work with at times, so factory candles do not use hemp. Hemp is a renewable resource also, and a strong natural fiber that remains upright, as the wax melts. This eliminates the need for a zinc/lead metal core inside the wick. Cotton tends to make a wimpy wick if it is not tightly braided, or if there is no metal core. All combustion releases residue, but metal fumes are not something that in my opinion, we want to breathe. Sometimes paper wicking, especially in candles made overseas, develop air gap between the wick and the wax, and this causes the wick to burn up before the wax gets hot enough to melt.

Smells Used are sourced mostly from Essential Oils. Soy wax has some of the physical characteristics of chocolate, such as white "clouding" that occurs at temperatures near freezing or when there is moisture in the wax. I vend outside in Seattle, moisture happens. Candy flavorings used for tempered chocolate, also work to scent soy wax. These candles often contain scents and flavors used in actual beverages such as clove, lemon, cinnamon, ginseng, coriander, orange, bergamot, columbian coffee, honey, hibiscus, mint, lemongrass, or raspberry.

My Teacup Aesthetics:

I did not invent the candle in a teacup idea, but was definitely an early adopter of the practice. So yes, I am known by some as the short lady at the market with the teacup candles. Different candlemakers have distinct styles. Mine are often lumpy, but I do not strive for factory like perfection, I prefer to discover what the candle wants to be. Even space-time is lumpy, right?

As far as I know I am the only maker who stamps them and uses hemp wick. My teacup selection mostly revolves around the "Alice in Wonderland" theme, whether your imagination runs to the literary, or toward the cartoon version of the story. Rose patterns and whimsy. Patterns that remind me of someone. Imagination is more important for our well-being than we tend to think.

English Porcelain and Bone China from prewar and occupied Japan are my personal favorites along with Mid Century California potteries. Homer Laughlin is the last man standing as far as classic American design, and I'm always drawn to their patterns. They brought us Fiestaware, (a party in a cup).

Some of the oldest vintage tea cups have tea stains, chips, or cracks. Many of the designs are not fully revealed until you burn the candle.


Nature. Nurture. Imagination.
Be Well.

-Alice

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