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The Rolled and Molded Approaches to Beeswax Candle Making Beeswax creates a terrific candle. Folks have always valued its lovely appearance, light fragrance in addition to its clean burning characteristics. The only real negative aspect is price. If you're able to afford it, here's how to make beeswax candles. There are basically 2 choices. The simpliest involves using beeswax sheets and the other begins by using melted beeswax. This article will describe both . The correct way to Make Rolled Beeswax Candles Even though firmer than soy candle wax, beeswax is still a fairly soft wax. In a thin sheet, it is pliable at room temperature. This makes for some extremely simple candle making. Since hot, melted wax is not involved, beeswax candle making is a good craft project for children. Think about how much enjoyment they will experience making candles to decorate the family's holiday table or as gifts for Mom, Dad or their grandparents.
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This approach uses sheets of beeswax that can be purchased on the internet or in any craft store. The sheets are available in standard sizes…typically 10″ x 14″ or 12″ x 16″. They're found in an assortment of colors or undyed. Many folks prefer the natural look of the undyed beeswax sheets. Other than beeswax sheets all you require to make a candle is a wick. To roll a candle, use a sheet of wax that is as wide as you want the candle to be tall. Lay the sheet on a clean, flat working surface with the “width” edge toward you.
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Trim the wick approximately two inches longer that the candlestick will be tall. Put it along the edge of the wax sheet closest to you and carefully press it into the wax. Now, slowly roll the sheet up around the wick. Proceed slowly and try to avoid trapping any air between the layers. You can use the whole sheet, or cut away the excess when the candle is as thick as you desire. If you prefer a thicker candle, merely roll on an additional sheet. When you are finished rolling the candle, lightly press the leading edge of the wax sheet to seal the seam. Select one end as the bottom of the candle. Cut the wick flush at that bottom end and then leave the wick about a half-inch extended at the other end…which, of course, will be the top of the candle. Suggestions… 1. Roll the wax slowly, particularly at first. Apply gentle, even pressure over the length of the candle. It's easy to distort the candle if you roll too fast. Once you've rolled several candles you will develop the knack , but while you're learning…slow and easy does it. 2. As you roll the candle, also pay attention to the two ends. You want to roll the candle so both of the two ends are as flat as possible. 3. In the event the beeswax seems stiff or difficult to roll use a hair dryer on low setting to soften it. Be cautious not to overdo it. Making Beeswax Candles With Molds Making beeswax candles with molds is a more traditional approach. Utilizing a double boiler, melt the beeswax to approximately 170.
Guidelines for operating a double boiler can be found in my other candle making articles. You can use molds to make tapered candles or pillars. The molds should be clean and dry. A releasing spray will facilitate removing the candle from the mold . Each mold will have a slightly different means of fixing the wick to the bottom surface. Typically, a thin metal plate will hold the wick in place. Many candle users favor the natural color and scent of beeswax, although it is possible to color the candles and/or add fragrance. Coloring ought to be added as the wax is approaching the desired temperature. Follow the manufacturer's directions. If in doubt, ere on the side of putting in too little. It is always possible to add more, but you can't remove fragrance or color once it has been added…make sense? If the plan is to add fragrance, remove the wax from the heat and add the fragrance oil just before pouring the wax into the molds. As a rule of thumb, don't use more than one ounce of oil per pound of wax.
Slowly pour the melted beeswax into the prepared molds, softly tapping the outside of the mold to remove any air bubbles. Allow the molds to cool down slowly at room temperature. Do not try to speed the process by putting the mold in a cool place or the freezer or fridge…the candles may develop cracks. Nevertheless, if you're having difficulty releasing the candles from the molds it could help to put them in the freezer or refrigerator for 10-12 minutes after they have hardened and cooled down to room temperature.