Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New interstate stockist!

Exciting news is that China Lights have a new stockist, and an interstate one at that!

Honeybee Goods in Cooks Hill, NSW are now stocking the candles in big and small sizes and a variety of colours and scents.

You can find them at 162 Darby St, Cooks Hill. Go say hi for me!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Into Spring

So it is officially Spring in Melbourne but the Wintery weather hasn't left at all. I am definitely looking forward to more sun and some warmth. China Lights activity has been a little quiet of late due to me studying full time and being in my final year of Graphic Design. Things are very busy on that front so I haven't been able to devote as much time as I would like to candles, however hopefully that will all change in a couple of months when my course is finished.

I am looking forward to getting back out into the op-shops to find china cups and other goodies! Stay tuned! xo

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Weekend happenings

So the market has come and gone, and with it some candles have found new homes, hurrah for them! Lots of people were buying them for presents so I hope they are liked by the recipients.

The market was great and I had a lot of fun meeting new people and talking to our makers and seeing the amazing things people are doing! That is often the best part. It was a bit of a quiet day due to the weather and the time of year, but never the less worth it and I'm sure I'll be back.

A happy customer

Sharing a stall with good friend and jewellery maker – Jimmy Gatsby

Next up though is hopefully the April edition of The North Melbourne Market also known as the Thread Den market. Last time I went to it was just before Christmas and it was huge and sprawling and full of people! So I think that would be a great atmosphere to be selling in instead of spectating and buying. We shall see!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Blackbird Market

If you're in Melbourne on the weekend of Saturday 13 February, be sure to stop by the Newtown Workers Club in Fitzroy (cnr Gertrude & Brunswick Sts) for the Blackbird Summer Market! China Lights candles will be sharing a stall with friend and jewellery maker Jimmy Gatsby.

Not only is it a great market for vintage wares, clothes and new designers, there is also food, drink and music! In particular the very talented Noah of Great Earthquake.

Be sure to stop by and say hi!

Saturday, June 6, 2009


You can find China Lights candles at the following stores:

Meet Me at Mikes
63 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Victoria

Honeybee Goods
128 Darby St, Cooks Hill, NSW

To market, to market

Today I visited a lovely little shop in North Melbourne that you should all check out called Arthur's Circus. Not only do they sell lots of quirky old and new toys and knick knacks, but they now stock China Lights candles!
They also have a very cute shop cat that I would like as my own.

Boxed goods ready to go to a new home

And two little candles of the lot, honey (above) and rosemary mint (below).
I love both these cups too much, sometimes it's hard to give them away!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


So there are a few things you should keep in mind when burning teacup candles and any candle for that matter, but these are specifically for container candles.

  • The first time you burn the candle, try to burn it for a few hours until the wax has melted to the edges of the container. This will help prevent the candle from burning a hole downwards instead of an even layer across.
  • Trim the wick if it starts to look droopy or like it is going to break off. Keep it below about a centimetre. This will allow it to burn better and cleaner, as often older, longer wicks will burn black and a bit smokey.
  • Remember that the container can get quite hot if the candle has been burning for some time, so try not to move it when it is lit. You also don't want to go splashing around any wax, so keeping it still is a good idea, but if you do need to move it the cups are handy as they have a handle!
  • Soy wax is a softer wax and dust loves to stick to it. This is why I sell the candles with a clear plastic protector on top, but be sure to remove this before using the candle. You can keep it and place it back over the wax once it has hardened after use, otherwise lightly brush off any dust that accumulates so that it doesn't burn up next time you use your candle.
  • If you spill any wax leave it to dry and then simply pick it off (it should come off fairly easily and in one go) or use soap and water to remove. The good thing about soy wax is that it is really easy to remove and shouldn't damage the surface.
  • Keep your candles out of reach of little hands, you don't want any nasty accidents with hot wax or flames. And try not to leave the candles unattended because you never know what could happen.
When your candle is all finished and the majority of the wax has burnt out, you can do a few things. You can keep the cup as is and keep it around looking pretty. You can melt the remaining wax out, clean out the cup and use it for tea. You could put tealights in it and continue to use it as a candle holder. Or you could give it back to me and I will make you another candle! I am trying to work out ways to make this possible, but if you're interested in this idea please get in touch and I'll see what I can do.

Drawing by Bree Apperley

Using the cup as a cup!

The best way to melt the remaining wax out of the candle is to use a double boiler method. Fill a saucepan with a couple of centimetres of water and bring to the boil. Turn down and sit the cup in the saucepan. Keeping watch, the remaining wax should melt down into liquid form. Once it has use an oven glove or something to protect your hand and tip the wax into some layers of paper or a bin. Melt down as much of the wax as you can and tip it out.

Let the cup dry and then wash using soap and water to remove any last remnants. You should have now cleaned out any remaining wax and the wick and the cup should now be ready to be used for whatever purpose you wish!