While I couldn’t find a small enough TAPER candle to fit the existing hole, I DID have several pretty aqua 3″ pillar candles on hand; which ‘filled the space’ much better anyhow! So I glued on (using e6000) a mini metal pie tin to put the pillar in!
CAREFULLY spray painted to newly added tin, avoiding spraying over the distressed parts as much as possible. (YES, I am that lazy!) Then sanded the rim of the tin a tad. Then I GLUED IN the candle. (otherwise they seem to ‘disappear’ at the antique mall!)
This lantern is for sale in my space at Stars antiques in Portland, Oregon.