Thursday, January 5, 2012
Making Beeswax Candles
It has been very cold here of late so indoor activities, especially those that take place around a stove, have held a somewhat greater appeal.
First, let me stipulate:
1) I am not a craft person (and I will define "crafts" as time consuming activities where the output is worth less than the inputs (which also defines the Soviet economy));
2) I loathe scented and most commercially bought candles; and
3) Most hand-dipped candles look terrible, while still being messy and tedious to make.
Given that, it comes as somewhat of a surprise to me that I would enjoy beeswax candle making. We have long bought locally produced honey from friends who keep bees and were the grateful recipients of some extra sheets of pure honeycomb beeswax. These candles are incredibly easy and fast to make, especially with friends.
Having measured and cut the wick, I line it up on the edge...
...and start to tightly wrap.
The process is quick and relatively idiot-proof.
I hold the finished product over the heat once again, enough to soften and seal the edge.
Some will be put to use when we inevitably lose our power due to winter storms this year.
...with the tops slightly burned (as I would with any new candle)...
Posted by Muffy Aldrich at 1:02 PM