Three Ways to Make Beeswax Candles

Beeswax candles became popular in Europe during the Middle Ages. They were expensive enough that most people could not afford them. Today, although still a bit of a luxury, households across America are enjoying beeswax candles for their classic look and their pleasant sweet scent.

Rolling beeswax candles is very easy and fun, simple enough for children to do as a supervised project. Purchase sheets of colored and/or scented beeswax (according to your preference) and a few wicks. The wick should be about 2 longer than the height of the candle.

You can cut the sheet for a shorter candle, or keep it the full height if desired. Place the wick near the edge of the sheet and begin rolling it evenly, tightly, and firmly until you have rolled up the whole sheet. Press the end of the sheet into the candle. Then, trim the wick and your candle is done! Or, if you want a thicker candle, add another sheet and keep rolling.

If you would prefer to melt your beeswax and form it into a mold, you need to heat the beeswax in a double boiler, to 170F. Color and add scent, if you like. Just make sure the dyes and perfumes you use are intended for candle making. You can spray the candle molds with releasing spray for a cleaner finished product. Place the wick as the mold requires and pour your beeswax in.

Finally, beeswax candles are really fun to make using the dipping method. This old-fashioned method requires taking a wick or wicks (lined up on a thin rod) and repeatedly dipping them into the heated wax (at 170F or a little less), allowing each layer to cool and harden briefly before dipping again. Layer will build upon layer until you get to your desired width. Hang them to dry and enjoy your homemade beeswax candles.
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