Monday, April 22, 2013

Bees Wax Candles

First I would to thank my friend Clare, for letting me use some of the photos she took.

On the 16th day of the 4th month of the 2013th year, my family and friends all made bees wax candles.
Here's how we did it:

Preparing the Bees Wax.

First; to make bees wax candles, we had to have bees wax right? Correct!  My Dad and brother keep bees as a hobby and so we get a LOT of honey comb which we melt down to bees wax at every harvest.
Here is a picture of some honey comb;
Our Tasty Honey Comb
Second, we had to melt it all down into wax like so;
Unfiltered Wax
We melt our honey comb in a slow cooker, this may take a couple of hours (even days!) plus you have to filter it all! See those little dark cells in the yellow wax? Those little cells are not going to melt down, so you need to filter the wax from the cells other wise you'll have very chunky candles that won't burn well. The other thing we need to filter out of the wax is the honey...lots of honey.

Making The Candles.

You'll Need

  • Melted Wax
  • Candle jar or you can even use a little fancy teacup.
  • Wick
  • Masking tape
  • Pen

  1. Take your jar (or teacup) and using the masking tape make a cross shape over the middle of the jar. Poke a hole in the middle of your cross shape with your pen and feed the wick through with the metal part on the bottom.
  2. Then pour only a little of your wax in, until the metal part of the wick is fully covered. Wait for the wax to cool.
  3. Pour the rest of the wax in the jar (not too much now!) leaving about a decant gap of at least half a centimetre from the top.
  4. Now you just have to let it cool. When it has cooled down considerably you can very, very carefully take the little tape cross off. If you have a long wick, just snip it to at least a centimetre.
And Viola! Now you know how to make them, you can make even more!

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