For elegant, natural decor, craft your own rolled tapered beeswax candles with instructions from Honey Crafting (F+W Media, Inc., 2013), an instructional guide to making an array of artisanal crafts and beauty products from both beeswax and honey.
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Rolled Tapered Beeswax Candle
If the idea of crafting with hot wax makes you anxious, here is a craft that will produce splendid candles while easing your mind. The beeswax does not need to be melted down prior to working. This is also a wonderful way to bring children into the world of honey crafting. Imagine how proud young boys or girls would be to display their very own candles.
Sheets of beeswax were originally invented by beekeepers. These were, and still are, used to line the beehives. This wax liner gives the bees a firm foundation on which to build the honeycomb. Thus, the beekeepers call beeswax sheets “brood foundation.” Beeswax candles can be made from foundation sheets.
Most wax sheets for rolled candles are formed in a honeycomb pattern. This type of sheet is embossed with a hexagonal indentation—it looks like the wax from a honeycomb. The most common size is 8 inches by 16 3/4 inches, but you can cut the sheets to suit your specific purpose. The honeycomb-patterned sheets are rolled out under an embossing wheel. You can purchase these in the natural beeswax colors (pale honey to dark brown), or in various colors that they have been dyed after the wax was bleached.
Another type of wax for making rolled candles is smooth and flat. This is useful when you don’t want a textured candle. The pure-white smooth sheets make an elegant-looking candle to use in a stylish setting.
• Beeswax foundation or candle-rolling sheets
• Cutting board
• Ruler or measuring tape
• Knife for cutting the beeswax sheets
• 2/0 wicking (for candles 1 to 3 inches in diameter)
• Hair dryer
1. Lay the beeswax sheet on a cutting board and measure the halfway point on the long side (about 8 1/2 inches). Cut vertically to separate the wax sheet into two pieces.
2. Cut your length of 2/0 wick to 9 inches and lay it against the 8-inch side of your beeswax sheet.
3. Using your fingers, pinch the edges of the beeswax around the wick, just enough to hold it firm and give you a nice edge to begin rolling.
4. Using a hair dryer on low heat, carefully blow back and forth across the beeswax sheet, holding the hair dryer about 2 inches from the wax. Depending on the strength of the hair dryer this will take approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute. You want the wax to begin to glisten, but not melt.
5. When the wax sheet is warm, you will begin rolling the candle, pushing away from you and using your rolled wick as the center. Use light, even pressure to maintain a nice rolled edge, being careful not to press the wax too firmly as it is warm.
6. When the candle is completely rolled it will fit perfectly in a standard tapered candlestick. Roll the second candle sheet in the same way, and you have a lovely pair of rolled beeswax tapered candles.
For more from Honey Crafting, check out the article DIY Beeswax Crafts for the Home.
Excerpted from Honey Crafting: From Delicious Honey Butter to Healing Salves, Projects for Your Home Straight from the Hive written by Leeann Coleman & Jayne Barnes, Copyright © 2013 by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of F+W Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Buy this book from our store: Honey Crafting.