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by Procheta Mallik

Introduction

Put a needle through the middle of a candle and balance it on safety pins attached to cups. Light both ends of the candle and enjoy the sea-saw for as long as the candle burns.

    • Be wary of lit candles. Light under adult supervision

    • Do not poke yourself with the needle. Be mindful of its pointed edge.

    • Be diligent when you use molten wax for fusing the candles; beware of the hot wax

  1. Take two candles and light one up. You can measure and mark the needle's centre for your reference. Hold the unlit candle inverted,  place the needle centred over candle's base.
    • Take two candles and light one up.

    • You can measure and mark the needle's centre for your reference.

    • Hold the unlit candle inverted, place the needle centred over candle's base.

  2. Carefully pour some molten wax over the needle Immediately fuse the base of the candles together with the needle in between them.
    • Carefully pour some molten wax over the needle

    • Immediately fuse the base of the candles together with the needle in between them.

    • Allow a minute for the wax to cool and solidify.

  3. "Lock" end
    • "Lock" end

    • "Hinge" end

  4. Take two identical paper cups. Tape the "Lock" ends of the safety pin on to the wall of each of the inverted cups such that the safety pins stand upright with exposed "hinge end"
    • Take two identical paper cups.

    • Tape the "Lock" ends of the safety pin on to the wall of each of the inverted cups such that the safety pins stand upright with exposed "hinge end"

    • The "hinge" ends on both cups should be at the same level.

  5. Suspend the candle through the "hinges". Place the cups over a piece of paper. This is just to prevent the wax from dripping onto the table or floor surface.
    • Suspend the candle through the "hinges".

    • Place the cups over a piece of paper.

    • This is just to prevent the wax from dripping onto the table or floor surface.

  6. Light up the candles. If you have an unbalanced candle, light up the heavier side first so that it can shed some wax and balance itself out!
    • Light up the candles.

    • If you have an unbalanced candle, light up the heavier side first so that it can shed some wax and balance itself out!

    • The candles should now mimic the see-saw action!

    • Candles must be fused straight

    • Safety pins are not firmly taped to the paper cups.

    • Safety pins are not at the same level

    • Misalignment of paper cups

    • Instead of fusing two candles, try to poke the needle through a single candle at its centre.

    • Instead of making supports, try to balance the needle on the rim of two identical cups from your kitchen.

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