Money is tight around the holidays. This year I opted to make a lot of my own gifts. I’ve made these before but I figured it’d be good to make and give out to teachers and such.
I acquired my beeswax from a local beekeeper (Zee Bee Honey), however Amazon has some good items as well if this isn’t an option. I also used Coconut Oil since beeswax burns quickish and the oil will slow it down. The ratio I used was one of these 500g jars to a one kg brick. For more information on ratios, this website has a whole section on them.
one kg Beeswax
444 g Coconut Oil
small wooden dowels
I first melted the wax in my double burner. You use a double burner because the beeswax is finicky about how you heat it. You don’t want to heat it too quick or you may have a fire on your hands. If you want it to melt quicker cut it into smaller pieces. I didn’t and it took quite a while to melt fully. Always make sure you still have water in the bottom pot while you’re doing this.
While it was melting I got my jar’s ready with the wicks. Wicks come in a couple different forms. You can get the ones with the metal bottom end that helps anchor it to the bottom or you can get a roll of wick. I used a roll in this process. I then tied it to the middle of the dowel and hung it over the jar. You can see the positioning in the pictures.
As the beeswax was still melting I scooped out the coconut oil and weighed it just to make sure I had a good amount. Once the beeswax was fully melted I slowly added it while stirring with a wooden down.
Start the pouring slowly. If you are using wick without a weight in the bottom then pour a little wax in the bottom of the jar. Then position the wick into the middle of the jar to stabilize it. Wait a couple seconds for the wax to solidify before filling the jar the rest of the way. You can see in the first picture the solid wax on the bottom and the newly added wax on the top. Make sure you cover the wick when you pour as well. Use a piece of tin foil or something underneath as beeswax is really hard to get out of anything!
I also made a lotion bar when I did this just to see how it would turn out. I made the cast for it out of paper and it seemed to go okay. Once the candles are all solid (I waited 24 hours) then you can snip the dowel off the wick. Viola! Beeswax candles! I put the lids back on, attached a ribbon to the jar and handed them out. Everyone really liked them and I have people wanting more! I may acquire a mold for the next batch!
I also am going to make a bunch of tea lights for my survival kits. Beeswax burns longer than traditional paraffin candles as well as hotter so they are much better for a survival kit.