Well, folks, I gave up on the use of oil lamps when I discovered how expensive lamp oil is to use. For $20 or so, I could buy enough lamp oil to keep one lamp going for about ten days — or about two months’ worth of vigil lights!
And yet I’m not thrilled with the quality of vigil lights that I can get on a moment’s notice, so the experimentation with oil lamps continues (and you can follow the action on Pinterest).
After a little thought, I thought I’d start simple: A pinch of herbs, a slug of olive oil, and a floating wick in a decorated glass.
I’m not really pleased with the way the wicks tend to drift off-center. They’ll never lean against the glass and crack it, because of the cork float — but it’s less elegant than you and the spirits deserve. So I’ll be experimenting some more.