I have to tell you that I figured out how to make beeswax candles entirely by accident. Several months back, I was trying unsuccessfully to make a salve. But, instead of using the proper carrier oil (like a coconut or olive oil), I used vegetable glycerin. I was so excited to make a soothing sage and nettle salve, but the beeswax never fully mixed with the oil. Once I realized my mistake, I got to work figuring out how to salvage my ingredients and *aha!* I knew it - beeswax candles! I think those are my favorite moments of dabbling. I go into a project determined to figure it out, totally mess up, and create another completely unexpected masterpiece instead. The best.
The concept for making beeswax is fairly simple. Take your beeswax, melt it down, and pour into your container of choice with a wick. In my case, I had beeswax pastilles, an empty honey jar,a cotton string serving as a wick, and a chopstick to secure it. Let's go!
UPDATE: I've learned 2 things since originally posting this. The first is that beeswax will usually crack on you if you don't add in a bit of coconut or olive oil to the mix. I usually add in about 1 tbsp. The second is that adding in just any essential oil to hot wax can be a recipe for fire down the road. So if you are adding fragrance, be sure they are high quality blended oils.
Homemade Beeswax Candles
- Beeswax Pastilles (I used 1/2c.)
- Glass jar(s)
- Cotton wick
Wash out your jar and dry thoroughly. Cut your wick to the size of the jar, leaving a bit extra to tie around the chopstick. Tie the wick on the chopstick and place it over the jar to make sure the wick stays in the center. In a double boiler, melt down the beeswax pastilles until fully liquid. Gently pour your liquid beeswax around the wick until it gets to the top of the jar. Let sit until the wax is fully cooled and hardened. Remove the chopstick and trim the wick to your liking.
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