How To Make Beeswax Candles
A simple, yet impressive thing to learn is how to make beeswax candles. The easiest way to introduce yourself to candle making is through beeswax candles. It's great if you want to show off your creative skills to a girl. Women are constantly impressed by men who are creative, spontaneous and surprising. If you want a romantic dinner with your significant other, what better way than having lighting from your own homemade candles. Other reasons to make beeswax candles is because they are a greener alternative to paraffin candles and the warm scent of the beeswax is very therapeutic.
To make beeswax candles, you'll need:
- Beeswax sheets
- Cotton wicks (Make sure they are longer than your beeswax sheets.)
- Hair dryer (You can use your body heat, but the hair dryer is faster and easier.)
- First-aid kit (You never know when you might need this!)
- Prepare the beeswax sheet. Lay the beeswax down on a flat surface and decide how big you would like to cut your sheet. A simple square will make a traditional candle.
- Cut the beeswax. Gently fold the area you intend to cut for your desired candle, then carefully cut the crease with scissors. If you would like a more elegant tapered candle, use a diagonal cut.
- Warm the beeswax. Use the hairdryer and gently blow warm (not hot) air over the beeswax to make it softer and easier to handle. You may only need to warm it for ten to twenty seconds because you don’t want the beeswax to melt.
- Cut the wick. Grab the scissors and a wick and cut the wick one inch longer than the beeswax sheet. Make sure there is half an inch of wick longer than each end of the sheet.
- Folding the beeswax. Place the wick at the end of your beeswax sheet and make a very tight crease on your first fold. You may want to use a hair dryer to form a seal on this initial fold. Then continue folding the beeswax, using both hands to form a tight, even roll. Do not push too hard on the beeswax, only use a light pressure.
- Seal the beeswax. Once you are to the end of the roll, form the last crease as tight as you did the first one and seal the beeswax with the hair dryer. Using your finger, gently follow the warmth of the hair dryer and apply a small amount of pressure to seal the wax.
- Cut the wick again. You should now have a thin beeswax roll with a wick sticking out of both ends. Cut the wick completely off one end to form the bottom of the candle. Cut the wick down to one-fourth inch at the other end to form the top of the candle.
- Voila! Finished product. You should now have a nice sized candle ready for lighting. Test the first one and make sure everything works as a candle should. If you made it correctly, repeat the process for a few more candles to prepare for a relaxing mood during dinner.
- Always use a light amount of pressure so you don’t crush the candle and make it uneven.
- Beeswax comes in different colors, so experiment with making different colored candles.
- Once you have made a couple candles and you know everything works as it should, try cutting the beeswax in different shapes to make for more creative candles.
- When you have warmed the beeswax, you can add a couple drops of another aroma to make for a different scented candle before you roll it up. If you do, choose a scent that pairs well with the natural honey of the beeswax. Try exotic fruits, vanilla or almond.
- All the things you need to make beeswax candles can be found at any craft store.