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I am so pumped to finally have this DIY tutorial on the blog today. I have spent weeks experimenting, testing and retesting the formula for these poured beeswax container candles. I discovered that I really, really enjoy candle making and, once you know the basic steps, it's a piece of cake!
Before we start the tutorial, a little background on beeswax.
Beeswax is a very hard wax - much harder than soy or paraffin. This means that beeswax requires a higher temperature to melt compared to the aforementioned waxes. If you try to melt 100% beeswax and then pour it into a glass container, you run the risk of cracking or shattering the glass.
After working with the awesome women at Juniper Tree Supplies in Berkeley, I decided doing a two to one ratio of beeswax to soy wax was the best bet for both pouring and burn time. The best part is that the candles still retain their distinctive yellow color.
So why use beeswax then? Well, I have to admit that part of the draw for me is beeswax's delicate, sweet smell. There is no need to add a fragrance to the wax [although you could if you wanted] as each candle is naturally infused with the sweet smell of honey.
The other benefit of beeswax?
It actually helps clean the air of particulate matter, something no other wax can do. I was a bit skeptical when I read this in a few articles because I didn't see any resources or footnotes to back-up the claim.
However, after further research, I did find an article which cited its resources here. For details, I encourage you to click the link, but basically, burning beeswax emits negative ions into the air which attach to the positive ions in the air such as pollen, dust and other particulate matter, causing them to sink and settle.
I didn't realize this, but if you have pollen-based allergies, burning a beeswax candle can actually help clear the air in your home. Pretty amazing benefit, right?
So I got a bit excited and began pouring [and then decorating] a load of mini candles.
If I had a party to throw, I'd give them away as sweet little favors. Or if I was going to a housewarming soiree, I'd bring a grouping of three to the new homeowner.
Glass containers [I used baby food jars]
Candle or candy thermometer
Two pots for a water bath [best to use old pots because it will be all but impossible to clean]
Wicks designed for beeswax, pre-tabbed and pre-dipped
Hot glue gun
Hot glue the wicks to the base of the jars
Place 1 pound of beeswax and a half pound of soy wax into the pouring tin [or pot]. Add water to the larger pot of the water bath and set the pouring tin inside. If needed, use a metal cookie cutter to elevate the smaller water bath pot above the bottom of the larger pot. Set the stove burner to low.
Periodically check the temperature of the melting wax. Do not let the wax exceed 160 to 170 degrees for extended periods of time. And remember, never leave melting wax unattended.
Carefully pour the melted wax [use a potholder on the inner pot] about 3/4 full into the containers. Make sure you have some wax leftover for a second fill.
Once you pour the wax, the wicks will fall to the sides of the jars. I used Vivi's crayons to hold the wicks upright.
Group the candles near each other to slow down the cool down time [I mostly kept mine grouped on the stove near the burner running under the water bath. If the candles cool too fast, cracks may form on the top. You can even wrap towels around the jars to slow the cool time.
When the candles have mostly cooled [this takes about an hour or so], use the remaining wax for a small second pour. If there are any cracks in the top or if the wax dips around the wick [this usually happens], the second pour will fill it in.
Trim your wicks to about a 1/4 inch, light and decorate [if you so choose]. I used craft paint to dip dye, and used wire to loop the tassels. I also used wash tape and hot glue to fasten the sequins and mini pom strand.
So who wants to support the bees and get some adorable candles poured?? This girl! [two thumbs pointed straight at my chest right now].
Have you made your candles before? Did you use beeswax or another type of wax? Tell me about how it went in the comments! :)
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