Wednesday, July 17, 2013

adventures in candle-making ♥

Happy Wednesday!
On Saturday, I attempted a new-to-me craft project-- candlemaking!
It was lots of fun, and not nearly as complicated as I'd thought it would be.

beehive bee  
I made six vanilla-scented beehive candles!
I originally made these because I wanted to send a few to my partner in a swap over on Ravelry.  I sent out her package yesterday, complete with two candles!  But I don't think she reads my blog, so it should be okay to give you a sneak peek. :)

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First I made a makeshift double-boiler with a soup can and a saucepan and melted some paraffin candlewax.  In another can-and-saucepan arrangement, I melted yellow solid candle dye and vanilla fragrance, then added that to the wax.

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I dipped some candlewick into the wax to prime it, so that the candle will light more easily, and threaded it through a rubber candle-mold.  Then I put the mold into a jam-jar of cold water, and when the melted wax reached 190˚F, I poured it into the mold.  The cold water helps the candle cool and solidify.

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When the candle was completely cool, I peeled back the rubber mold and trimmed the wick.  I repeated the whole process five more times, and ta-da!  Beehive candles!

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Bucky was very helpful-- he snoozed in a box on the kitchen floor.  Occasionally he got up for a snack, which was so exhausting that he had to go back to sleep.  
It's a rough job, but somebody's gotta do it.

I hope you're having a wonderful week!


  1. I've always wanted to make candles but the idea of buying eqiupment has put me off.

    The tin can in a saucepan double boiler is a really great idea.

    1. I can definitely see where buying the equipment would be overwhelming! I was lucky enough to have a kit, which included the book The Complete Candlemaker by Norma Coney. The idea for the tin-can double-boiler was in that book! That way, you don't have to ruin a perfectly good pot, because if you melt paraffin wax directly in a pot or dish, you really shouldn't ever use it for food again. If it's your first time making candles, I think a kit is a good way to go, because you can try it a few times and see what methods you prefer before having to spend money on lots of tools. For instance, I'll probably purchase some more candle-molds, but since I don't really use tapers, I don't need to buy wick weights.

      If you do give candle-making a try, let me know how it goes!


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