Beeswax Candles

This candle is made with beeswax and a simple mold.  Don't skimp on the wax!  There are cheaper varieties of wax available but it truly is the high quality wax that makes this candle so special.  You can use a different sized mold if you prefer.

You will need:

1.  1/2 lb. of beeswax

2.  A round mold, 6 1/2 inches tall and 1 3/4 inches across

3.  7 inches of wick

4.  A paper clip or centering device

5.  Gum or stick tack

6.  Scissors

7.  A container for melting the wax

8.  Essential oil (if you wish to scent the candle)

A lighted candle 
Trim the wick so it will fit into the mold

Grease the mold lightly with vegetable oil.  Let it sit upside down over a paper towle for a few minutes so that any excess oil will drain out.

Meanwhile, clip the wick if necessary so that is is slightly longer than 6 1/2 inches.

Attach the paper clip to the wick  Unfold the paper clip and attach the wick onto the middle.  The clip will sit over the top of the mold and hold the wick in place.
Place the wick into the mold
Fasten the other end of the wick in place Thread about 1/4 of an inch of the  other end of the wick out of the mold.  Attach it is place with gum or sticktack.  It is important to plug up the small hole in the bottom of the mold when you do this.
 Getting ready to melt the wax  Melt the wax.  Place it in a microwave safe container and microwave it on high for about 3 minutes.  Microwaves vary in power so start with 2 1/2 minutes and then check the wax.  Add 10-30 seconds more until all the wax in melted.
 Melted wax and essential oil  If desired, add essential oil and stir the wax.  Beeswax has a mild, sweet scent of its own.  Keep that in mind when you select a fragrance to add.
 Pouring the wax  Pour the wax into the mold.  It is a good idea to place the mold into a small dish in case there are any leaks or spills.  Let the wax cool and harden for several hours.
Teh candle removed form the mold  Carefully pull the gum away from the bottom of the mold. Gently tap the sides of the mold to loosen the candle.  Turn the mold upside down and tap it until the candle slides out.  If the candle sticks, try dipping the mold into hot water for a few seconds.  You will have a bit of wick at the bottom of the candle.  Just fold it up or trim it off.
 Trimming the wick  Trim back the wick to its desired size.  Enjoy your beautiful, homemade candle.

Bees make wax to engineer honeycomb, a series of precisely shaped and sized hexagonal holes, which are filled with honey and pollen or used as a place to lay eggs and hatch young bees.  The honeycomb can be almost pure white, various shades of yellow, or even brown or black.  To get the wax, beekeepers first harvest the honey by cutting the caps off the honeycomb and placing the comb in a honey extractor, which spins rapidly and forces the honey out of the comb.  Once most of the honey is removed, the comb must be melted and filtered to clear impurities out of the wax.  Beeswax is wonderful for making candles because it is all natural, burns brightly, releases little smoke, and has a pleasant but mild fragrance.


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