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Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:22 pm
by redwood
People often ask me how do you make beeswax candles, well it's not me who makes the wax but the bees who do all the hard work but it does need some simple preparation before we can make candles.
I use only the capping wax that the bees use to cap the honey off as this is the cleanest wax to use and will give you the best colour candles that should be the colour of a yellow primrose flower.
first wash your capping wax continually until all the honey residue has been removed, this can be done in a bucket with a fine mesh over the top.
Place the cleaned wax into a large saucepan or jam making pan and fill it half filled with wax and half with water and heat gently until all the wax has melted, give it a good stir and allow to cool slowly.
remove the wax block from the pan and cut away all the unwanted bits that will have settled on the bottom, this can be done with a knife. brake the block into manageable chunks.
Put the chunks of wax into a plastic or glass jug, I use plastic because they are cheap enough to throw away later, and place in a large saucepan of water, heat the water and simmer until all the wax has melted.
Get another jug and place two "J" cloths on top and secure with an elastic band leaving a slight belly in the cloths.
pour the melted wax onto the cloths slowly.
Now you have perfect pure bees wax to make candles or to make other products.


Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:31 pm
by redwood
A few photos so you can get some idea