Making Beeswax Candles
With a Little Help From The Bees
It isn’t difficult to brag about the benefits of beeswax when it comes to making candles… I love the honey scent, the golden flame, and delight in the long, clean burn of beeswax candles. Using beeswax candles cleans the air like a great, natural, air purifier – and seems to connect to a deep spiritual belief system.
For each pound of beeswax provided by a honey bee, that bee has visited 33 million flowers, ate 10 pounds of honey, and secreted the beeswax from its abdomen using the wax to construct a honeycomb. Beekeepers recover the wax by heating it in water. Soon the wax combs float to the surface, and can be removed to be sold in sheets.
Now compare this to paraffin candles that are made from the polluted petroleum sludge, or even vegetable-based candles (an improvement over paraffin) and you begin to understand why many have written about the wisdom of beehives, and how burning beeswax puts a person in a special mood of reverence.
So let’s assemble four items you will need: beeswax sheets, craft knife, candle wicks and scissors. It’s best to “prime your wick” by stirring it briefly in hot wax, then remove and place it on a sheet of wax paper. Now let’s assemble several beeswax candles:
You will end up with several sizes (depending on how you cut your sheets), and you may have put two colors together for a different effect. Personally, I prefer the natural honeycomb color without any dyes; I love the honey scent and amber glow as it cleans the air in my bedroom or kitchen.
Esther Smith, author
Although beeswax is the more expensive choice, its benefits should be obvious – if you can afford the difference, include beeswax candles in your selection of this craft.
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