Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make a shot glass into an oil lamp. I put it all up on Flickr too, but it’s easier to follow the steps here. Ready?
First, gather the ingredients. A shot glass, scissors, string, matches, oil, and a tea candle (mostly burnt is fine). You can do this whole thing without any wax if your string or twine is stiff enough, mine is actually cotton yarn and the softness limits how tall the wick can stand. Insert your own dick jokes here.
You’ll want a wick a little longer than the height of the shot glass. Light the candle if you’re using wax. Make a crack about the hot wax scene in Summer Lovers, if you were unfortunate enough to have seen it.
Drag 3/4 of the cut string through the wax to saturate it, and then run it between your thumb and forefinger to strip off the excess and stretch it out straight. More dick jokes. Note the little metal disc acting as a stand for the wick in the bottom of the candle.
Let the wax cool for a second, take the little disc in the bottom of the candle out and clean it off. Now tie a knot in the string where the waxed part starts and thread the waxed end through the disc, so that the knot ends up wedged in the hole on the flat side of the disc. Switch to ass jokes.
If your knot tying/wedging skills are subpar, dribble a little wax in the bottom of the shot glass to act as glue and secure the disc. It’s okay, it could happen to anyone.
Make sure you have the disc stabilized well enough that the wick stands up on its own and doesn’t touch the sides. Pour in the oil so that there is about a 1/4 inch of wick above the oil. The longer the wick, the higher the flame. Last chance for dick jokes.
Now just sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm glow.