I cut a piece of dowel about 2cm and paint it antique white. For wick, I take a tiny bit of black string. Then I light a real candle and hold it over my minicandle letting small drops of stearine run down. It looks quite realistic. You can also let some glue run down the candle, but then you have to paint it over. My improvement of the old candleholders is that I have made handles from bits of broken jewellery.