A few years ago my grandmother gave me her china set. Well, she gave me what was left of it. The remaining pieces that survived 70+ years and six kids consists of a serving plate, a few bowls, eight dinner plates, and four teacups and saucers. Upon receiving them, I promptly broke the handle off one of the teacups, which is now relegated to housing my earrings on top of my dresser. Realizing that I would probably break the rest of the set if I tried to actually use it to eat with, I hung the serving plate and a couple of saucers on the wall for decoration, and stuck the rest in a high cupboard.
After languishing there for a few years, I've tried to slowly bring out pieces here and there to put around the house for beauty's sake, if not function. One of the other teacups had a chip on the lip of it, so I figured it would be a good candidate for a teacup candle craft that I've seen all over Pinterest. I dug up an old, dusty candle that's only been lit once or twice, and got to work.
I boiled some water in a pot and then placed a metal vegetable steamer inside so that my candle wouldn't touch the bottom of the pot, just in case the glass broke. I then just stuck the candle jar in the water and left it to melt.
I will say that this probably took a lot longer than if I'd properly cut up the wax and put it in a separate container, but I was lazy. Plus, this way I could just recycle the glass holder afterwards; no clean up!! That's one thing I think would be a pain, to clean a pot that has melted wax all over it. There was still a big blob of wax around the wick that refused to melt, so I just plucked it out of the jar by the wick and stuck it in the teacup and poured the melted wax around it. The jar was small enough that I could just used some large tweeters I had to pull it out of the water.
End result: not too shabby. And clean up was a breeze. Double bonus.