I bought about 10 pounds of beeswax earlier this fall, but haven’t had time to make anything with it until now. Last night, the kids and I made some votive candles for the teachers of their various activities, and I decided to melt some extra and make myself a pillar candle while we were at it.
This candle is roughly 4 X 5 inches. To buy a candle this size could easily set me back more than $30, but I only used about $5 worth of wax to make this one. The wax is a rich chocolate brown colour, which is due to the buckwheat nectar that the bees feasted on while making their honey.
I melted the wax in an old coffee can set in a pot of boiling water, which prevents the wax from overheating and catching on fire.
This particular mold makes the candles upside down. I threaded a piece of wick up through the top, plugged the hole with a bit of putty to keep the wax from running out, and poured it full of wax. Wrapping the wick around a skewer keeps it centered until the wax sets up. Once it has hardened (after a few hours), the candle can be tapped out of the mold, but it shouldn’t be burned for a day or so.
Making this candle only took a few minutes of actual work (most of the time involved was spent waiting for the wax to melt, which was a pleasure because of the delicious smell), and it will provide us with between 600 and 800 hours of burn time. I’ve got a lot more wax left (including some more typical yellow beeswax), and lots of different sizes of molds, so I see more candle making in my future.
I look forward to turning off the lights and enjoying some cozy, candlelit evenings!