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Helpful Hints about Oil Lamp Assembly
- The glass vase must be washed with liquid detergent and thoroughly dried before pouring in the sand, otherwise the sand will stick to the inside of the vase.
- The sand can be leveled by shaking the vase slightly. If the placement of the elements is not to your liking or you want to make a change, simply take out the elements and shake the vase slightly which will restore a smooth surface. For this reason, we recommend adding the ultra fine glitter as the last step. (if more glitter is ever needed, ultra fine glitter is available in most craft stores with stamping supplies.)
- ALWAYS remove the oil lamp top from the vase when filling the lamp with oil.
- When filling the oil lamp with a new bottle of oil, it helps to elevate the oil lamp—invert a bowl, place paper towel and then the lamp.
- Before filling, the wick will need to be adjusted. This can be done by pulling up the glass wickholder until it clears the top of the neck and then inserting the funnel alongside the wick, or by taking the entire wick out and then replacing. We find the first method works very well and is less messy.
- Fill slowly and carefully. Leave a ‘puddle’ of air at the base of the lamp neck so the oil does not overflow. If there is some drippage when filling, be sure to wipe the oil lamp thoroughly with a paper towel before replacing on the vase. If oil is left on the lamp it will drip into the vase, which could ruin the sand etc.
- The wick should be about 1/8 of an inch exposed above the glass, for the ideal flame size. If it is higher, the flame will be too large and if it is less, the flame will be too small. Adjusting the wick is easy—just pull up or push down slightly.
- Wick it lamps look best when kept ‘topped off’ with oil! Only pure liquid paraffin oil should be used. We recommend Aura Oil. Wick it oil colors are available exclusively through Aura Oil.
Some Decorating Tips!
A pair of Wick it Oil lamps can make your table décor special…or place one of the seashell -themed lamps on a silver or gold charger plate surrounded by more shells and sea glass. Fall scenes can be embellished the same way using fall leaves and vines.