Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Simple Money Saving Beeswax Candles

beeswax candles
Beeswax Candles Have a Natural Gold Color
We started candle making as part of a home school project last year and are fast growing to love it. Our first experience was with soy based wax which turned out to be hard to use and didn't burn well. We buy honey from a local farmer, so I thought why not call him and ask about beeswax? As it turns out, beeswax from a local bee keeper saves money at $3 per pound! What a steel! It's very easy to work with and smells great too so you save money on scents, unless you want to use them of course.
Here is a list of what you will need:
3-5 Pounds Beeswax
An old Crock pot
An old Ladle
Glass or metal containers
Clothes Pins
Butchers Twine
Epsom Salt
A small bowl of water
About Melting the Wax

Melting the wax is very simple. I have an older model crock pot that I keep in the mudroom for candle making. Place your beeswax in the Crock pot, nothing added, and set the pot on high until it is melted, This will take much of the morning, just keep an eye on it. DO NOT set the Crock pot and leave the house like you would with a roast. Once the wax melts completely, turn the dial to low.

Choose a Jar and Cut Your Wick

Next you need to choose a jar, one with a regular canning jar size opening. If the opening is too wide the clothespin will fall through, if it is too small the wax will spill out. Now cut your Butchers Twine several inches longer than the height of the jar. Do this with every jar. Set your jars aside until later. Tie a double knot in the bottom of each piece of twine.

Prepare the Wick

Now mix a table spoon of Epsom Salt in a cup of water and soak the twine for about half an hour or so and lay them flat to dry. Once the twine is completely dry, dip the top portion of the twine in the wax holding it above the wax until is stops dripping. Lay flat to dry completely again.

Tie a Double Knot
Soak in Epsom Salt for a Clean Burning White Flame
Dip the Wick in Wax to Firm

Pour the Candle

Hang in there, you are almost ready to pour a candle. Dip each knot in wax and place it immediately in a jar. Place a clothespin on the top to hold it upright and strait. Now you can use your ladle to pour hot beeswax into the jar. Once the jar is full, allow it to set!

More uses for beeswax and honey.

jar candle
Secure the Wick with a Clothespin

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