Tealight Holders

I design my tealight holders with both light and shadow in mind: how the holder itself looks, and what shadows it casts when it holds a burning candle.

Fire, of course, is hot, and a tealight flame heats anything that’s directly above it. That’s why my tealight holders have a larger open hole in the center. This hole is meant to remind users that there’s fire below. (You can use a battery-powered imitation tealight instead of a wax tealight if you prefer, but flame casts stronger shadows.)

My tealight holders are typically 3-4 inches tall. The larger the holder, the farther the candle flame is from the clay, and the fainter the shadows become. (Read about the inverse-square law here for the physics behind this.)

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