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Copper Candleholder

Mix copper plumbing parts to create this holder -- or make a custom version to suit your style.

Copper candleholder with three candles.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Handsaw
  • Square
  • Chemical-resistant gloves
  • Breathing protection
  • Acetone
  • Epoxy adhesive
  • 120-grit sandpaper


  • 8 - 3/4-in x 3/4-in 90-degree copper elbows, #21620
  • 3 - 3/4-in copper slip tees, #21670
  • 2 - 3/4-in copper slip caps, #21664
  • 12 - 1-in-to-3/4-in copper slip couplings, #83437
  • 3 - 1-in-to-1/2-in copper slip couplings, #185940
  • 3 - 3/4-in-to-1/2-in copper slip couplings, #21665
  • .875-in x 48-in poplar dowel, #19385
  • 1.125-in x 48-in poplar dowel, #19387
  • .625-in x 48-in poplar dowel, #19383

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Step 1

Working in a well-ventilated area and using chemical-resistant gloves, clean the copper fittings with acetone. The acetone will also remove adhesive from product stickers.

Good to Know

If you want to dress up the look of your candlesticks, use a copper cleaner to polish all of the fittings.

Step 2

From a .875-inch (7/8-inch) dowel, cut 18 pieces 1-1/2 inches long and set six of these aside. Without applying glue, assemble the base from 90-degree elbows and tees by inserting dowels in the openings. Then disassemble the pieces. On the insides of each fitting that will be glued to a dowel, lightly sand the copper to roughen the smooth surface and wipe clean.

Step 3

Candleholder base.

Mix epoxy adhesive, spread it inside the elbows and tees, and assemble the base. Use dowels to attach caps to the two end tees. Check that the upright opening on each tee is 90 degrees to the work surface and the base is stable, then let dry.

Step 4

Layout of the candle holder uprights.

From the .625-in (5/8-inch) dowel, cut three pieces 1 inch long. From the 1.125-inch (1-1/8-inch) dowel, cut six pieces 1-7/8 inches long. Retrieve the six 7/8-inch dowels from the previous step and test-fit the copper coupling and dowel pieces together as shown without gluing them.

Step 5

Apply epoxy adhesive to the inside surfaces on the wide ends of the 1-inch-to-3/4-inch slip couplings, add the 1-1/8-inch dowels, and tape the pairs of couplings together until the adhesive cures.

Step 6

Using 5/8-inch dowels, adhere the 3/4-inch-to-1/2-inch slip couplings to the 1-inch-to-1/2-inch couplings at the 1/2-inch openings -- make one for each candlestick. Then glue the 3/4-inch end of an assembly (without dowels) to the 3/4-inch end of one of the pairs of 1-inch-to-3/4-inch couplings for the top of the candlestick. Repeat for the other two candleholders.

Step 7

Glue and insert 7/8-inch dowels to connect the pairs of 1-in-to-3/4-inch couplings for each candlestick. Then insert 7/8-inch dowel pieces in the three tees on the base and adhere the candlesticks to the base.

Step 8

(Optional) To create an artificial patina, mix a strong solution of trisodium phosphate (TSP) according to the label directions. While wearing rubber gloves and eye protection, use the scrubbing face of a sponge to clean the copper until water stops beading on the surface. Rinse with clean water, and let dry. Mix 4 ounces of white vinegar and 3 tablespoons of Miracle-Gro crystals in a 32-ounce spray bottle and fill with water. Spray the copper and let dry. Repeat as needed until you reach the effect you want. Then spray the surface with two coats of Minwax clear polyurethane.

Step 9

By adding more elbows and tees to the base, you can expand the size of the candleholder. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

To preserve a polished or patina finish, spray three coats of clear lacquer meant for use on metal.