how to make pure beeswax candles

What you need:

  • Block of pure beeswax- rendered from top bar bee hive or purchased
  • Essential oils if desired- I chose to add no artificial scents or colors
  • Candle wicks
  • Candle molds- I bought a 6-pack of votive molds

~Begin with one block of pure beeswax~Break into chunks~Melt the wax in a double boiler or waterbath.  Do not melt wax directly on the stove, it is very flammable (duh).  Watch carefully for fires.  I did not want to ruin yet another pan with this experiment so placed my wax blocks into an old milk jug and then placed the jug into a boiling water bath.  Worked great and no clean up!~Anchor the metal base of the wick by pouring enough wax to cover the bottom of the mold.  Center the wick and press down.  Allow the wax to harden, meanwhile continue to melt additional wax.  Once base has dried and wick is anchored, fill the mold with hot wax.  If the top does not dry smooth, or the candle shrinks too much as the wax hardens, top off with additional wax as needed.~Allow the wax to harden.~Once the wax has cooled, but the candle is still warm to the touch (you don’t want to wait too long or the candle will crack), whack the bottom of the mold using a hammer or another heavy object until the candle pops out of the mold.  Smooth out any rough areas using your fingers.  ~Presto!  And you’re done!  Light and enjoy with friends or family around the table, or give to a friend as a gift.

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