I am a sucker for antique, brass candlesticks. Candelabras are easier to resist, but I saw this faux brass number at Target and couldn’t pass it up. I imagined it full of black tapers for Halloween and into the cart it went. That’s exactly how I used it, even though the size is a bit off. Luckily, I have a simple trick to straighten taper candles and make them fit into too-big candlesticks.
It happens. Unless your candlestick/candelabra designer also manufactures candles, finding candles to fit can be a challenge–even when the candlestick claims to be a standard size. I stopped buying hand-dipped beeswax candles (my favorite) because the sizing was so unpredictable.
Museum Wax to Straighten Taper Candles
I can finally go back to buying hand-dipped candles! I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me sooner to use my Museum Wax–also called Quake Hold! here in California–to anchor the skinny candles in wide holes, but better late than never. Forgive me if I’m posting on the obvious, but this has been a game-changer for me. This is the easiest way to straighten taper candles, and it’s cheap, t
You need this product. Museum Wax is dirt cheap and available at Home Depot, though I have seen it at Walmart and various hardware stores. Maybe it’s readily available to me because I live in the Land O’ Quakes, but I doubt it.
This is how little of my $10 tub I have used in 7 years. It’s non-toxic, non-acidic, and safe to use on wood furniture. It’s reusable and you only need a little, which is why this tub will last me the rest of my life. It comes with a little tongue-depressor-looking spoon, but I lost mine just yesterday as I was fixing my candles.
How to Use Museum Wax
Speaking of which, watch how simple it is to keep taper candles straight.
Scrape a small amount of Museum Wax and knead it into a pliable ball the size of a large pea. This will take seconds. Mold it to the bottom of your candle or drop the ball into the candlestick. I prefer to mold it to the bottom of the candle so I get even coverage. Insert your candle as usual. Congratulations; you now know how to easily straighten taper candles.
The candles will pop out easily. You will leave wax behind in your candlestick, but that doesn’t bother me. In fact, it makes my job easier the next time I buy candles. If it bothers you, you can easily scrape it out with a spoon.
These pictures are to show that the candle is sort of floating in the candelabra, but they are not very impressive. It is hard to believe a sliver of space can make your candles to lean so wildly, but it can.
If you don’t have a candelabra or candlestick and still want to use tapers, you can always use Museum Wax to anchor them to saucers, teacups, or small vintage plates. No dried beans, sand, or beads needed.
Trust me, it will hold.