Hate cold tea/coffee? Suspend your mug above a tea candle to keep it warm! (Surprisingly, it doesn't leave any mark on the bottom of the mug) This instructable will show you how to use an old bike chain to make a stand for your tea mug that fits a tea candle inside! It can hold any size tea/coffee container: one side has 3 long legs that can be extended to hold larger pots, or rearranged to hold very small cups. I prefer to use the long legs on the bottom so it's extra stable.
Step 1: Clean the Chain
This step is optional, although recommended. It will help the glue bond to the chain and will make it nicer to handle.
Using the chain degreaser, clean the chain to the best of your ability. I find it most efficient to put the chain into a gallon ziplock, spraying it with degreaser, then shaking it and massaging it. Use a rag or paper towel to then wipe off the grease.
Step 2: Divide Up the Chain
12 links/ 12 pins
24 links/ 24 pins
30 links/ 30 pins
If you haven't used a chain tool, the rough overview is that you use the pin on the chain tool to push one of the pins on the chain through the chain until it is only being held by one side of the outer link. Do not push the pin all the way out! When in doubt, stop often to try and separate the chain. The inner link should slide out easily.
Step 3: Reconnect the Links
Step 4: Make the Glueing Jig
Step 5: Dry Assemble the Stand
Place the largest chain on the bottom, putting every 10th link in between every other bamboo skewer. Make sure these are the bigger links. Then place the four smallest chains on top of it, placing the 6 bigger links in between the 6 pairs of skewers. Next put the 24 link chain on top, with every other bigger link in between bamboo skewers.
Finally put rubber bands on the skewers to keep them from splaying apart
Step 6: Mix the Glue
Step 7: Apply Glue
Step 8: Let It Be
Step 9: Use It!
Once you decide which way is up, put a candle in to the base and light it.
Make some tea or coffee, put them in a mug, and put the mug on the stand!
Now you can sit with a book for hours and your tea will never go cold!