Beeswax candles (with homegrown beeswax)

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We had some leftover beeswax from our honey harvest this year. Most we gave to a friend, but I kept a little because I wanted to try making a few things, namely some candles. It takes a lot more beeswax then I thought to make a candle, so I only ended up with one, but this recipe can be extended to make other candles.

What you need:
Beeswax
Paraffin wax
(1 part paraffin to 2 parts beeswax)
Two plastic cups (preferably cups you don’t care about)
Dixie cups
Spray oil
Cheesecloth
4 clothes pins
Candle wicks (or string)
A pot (stovetop)

1. Put all the beeswax into one of the cups, and then into the pot. Fill up the pot with water as much as possible without making the cup of beeswax float. This will act as a double boiler to melt the wax. Turn the stove on high until the water boils, then turn the heat down a little. Stay with the wax the whole time it melts.

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2. While the wax is melting, liberally spray the Dixie cup with spray oil and then refrigerate it.

3. If you are using raw beeswax (like I did), fold up the cheesecloth (I folded it in half twice) and use clothespins to hold it over the opening of the second cup.

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Once the beeswax has completely melted, pour it through the cheesecloth into the second cup. Using a spoon to clear the propolis from the cloth will push the wax through the cheesecloth faster.

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The beeswax will cool off while you are pouring it into the second cup. Add the paraffin wax to the beeswax and then place the cup back into the boiling water. You will need to add more water since some has boiled off.

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Set up the candle mold. Use a drop of wax to hold the bottom of the wick to the bottom of the mold, and a clothespin propped across the top to hold the wick straight up. I tried itfirst with a pen and Hanukkah candles, but it didn’t work. Make sure to keep an eye on the wax. When the wax is melted, pour it into the mold.

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Let the wax cool completely, for 3-4 hours. The candle will pull away from the sides of the mold, and you can peel the paper cup off if it is stuck to get it out. Then trim the wick. Carefully trim the edges of the top with a knife.

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Here is my candle on the window sill. I put it on a little dish to contain the wax. It smells faintly like honey when I burn it! Next year I’m going to save more wax to make more candles. I’m also going to try making lotion bars. Patience, Claire, patience!

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1 comment
  1. Michele said:

    Love it!

    Like

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