1. I’m trying to figure out WHAT she is using to get the wax off, and WHY so much of it went thru the tablecloth. If it had all been on the tablecloth, she could use paper towel and an iron; on the (I assume wood) table, I’ve no idea what she’d be using from a bottle.

  2. He’s using a bottle as a candlestick holder. Does that strike you as typical of a guy who thinks things out beforehand?

    A fairly large subset of “things that are taken as romantic in the moment” involve not thinking through all the possible consequences. See also: People with birthdays in early November.

  3. Isn’t she just scraping up the presumably cooled-and-resolidified wax off the tablecloth, and putting the bits in a cloth/paper towel/etc.?

  4. Most candles you can buy these days claim to be “dripless” (aside from the ones designed to drip, usually in multiple colors). Claim, not are. I’d put something under it, definitely. But I think a candle in a bottle is usually meant to drip…just not all the way to the surface below, it’s supposed to decorate the bottle. There must have been a slight draft in one direction, to make all the wax flow down one side rather than generally over the bottle.

  5. Honestly, if i’m using a taper I generally just rely on the holder to catch the drips. Works most of the time. But that depends on the design. My candle sticks are slightly cupped where the candle sits, so not much makes it past there, and then the base itself is wide enough to catch most drips, which have cooled a fair bit by then. The wine bottle, presumably, runs the risk of the wax just running down the side, not needing to fall (which really slows stuff down)

  6. Are we sure that there is a tablecloth and that the bottle is not just on the “naked” table?

    I have bobeche (glass pieces that fit around the top of the candlestick and make a drip piece) for my candlestick holders.

    My problem is the wax which melts all over the Chanukah menorah when I light the candles in it. The candles for same are too small/thin to use with the bobeche which are made for made regular candlesticks and I have not found in other sizes. I have tried putting the menorah in boiling water, using a hair dryer, and scraping it off. A friend in our reenactment unit who also has worked at a couple of restored period buildings says that the local restoration village periodically takes a torch, wearing heavy gloves made to use with same, to their (non holiday) candle holders to melt the wax. Knowing us, we would get burned and burn the house down and the wax would still be there. 🙂 Maybe a heat gun will work and not start a fire.

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