The Many Merits And Drawbacks Of Making Attractive Beeswax Candles At Home

Posted on Tuesday 16 November 2010

Beeswax used for candle making has many natural advantages, it has wonderful honey scent and is the color of golden amber. It arrives in blocks that can be cut with a knife or in the form sheets to be rolled, it can be unbleached, bleached white or natural. If beeswax is mixed with paraffin wax it will burn slower and last longer.

Blended beeswax and paraffin wax candles can be difficult to remove from the mold when cool, if the candle is made up of more than 10% beeswax. Paraffin wax candles burn at a faster rate and not as cleanly as beeswax candles and even though beeswax candles have a beautiful natural golden colour, a lot of candle makers prefer them to be bleached white.

As beeswax is relatively expensive when compared to paraffin wax, it is not recommended that beginners create candles using melted, pure beeswax. A good idea to get around the problem of getting the candle out of the mold is to start by making can or jar candles out of beeswax, they are easy to make and make superb gifts, the cans or jars can also be reused over and over again.

The wick is the secret of making a good candle, it has to be the correct size in relation to the diameter of the candle you are making. Different waxes require different thicknesses of wick, an important tip to know is that beeswax candles need a wick about twice the thickness as that of paraffin wax candles, of the same diameter.

A clever advantage of buying beeswax in sheets is that it is very easy to make taper candles. All you have to do is roll the beeswax sheet around a primed wick, it’s very quick and easy and no melting of the wax is involved. Children could safely participate in making these candles as there is no risk involving melted wax, this a great way to involve younger children in candle making.

Fragrance additives, because of the natural scent of beeswax, are not practical to be added in the beeswax candle making process. This gives beeswax candles a limited appeal for making specially scented candles for such as aroma therapy, however the other types of wax are easy to fragrance.

A popular method used for making beeswax candles is dipping. This is simply a method used for building up successive layers of wax on a wick. The wax is first melted and the wick dipped into it, then just before this first layer of wax hardens it is again dipped into the melted wax, forming a second layer. This process is repeated until the dipped candle reaches the required diameter, and the candle then allowed to fully harden.

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