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How to make beeswax candles

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How to make beeswax candles

This weekend, inspired by my friend Sherrie, I tried something new – making candles. It's something I've wanted to try for a long time, and I'm so happy I finally did. 1-candle-materials Materials: recycled jam jars, bamboo skewers, candle wicking and the metal tabs you use to anchor the wick, and a giant block of beeswax. I got mine at the farmer's market, but you can actually get it at the health food or art supply store, too. I got the wicking and the tabs at the art supply store, for about $5. 2-candle-beeswax I melted the wax in a stainless steel bowl (thank you, Value Village!) over simmering water. It took some time. 3-candle-jars Meanwhile, I set up the jars. It's pretty straightforward. I used melted wax from another candle to anchor the wicks in the bottom of the jars, and wrapped the wicks around the bamboo skewers to keep them straight. 5-candle-melting Checking in on the beeswax... 6-candle-ready-to-pour Ready to pour! I covered my work surface with parchment paper just to keep things clean. I used a 1/2 cup ladle that I had lying around (where do these things come from?) to pour the wax because I thought it might keep things a bit tidier. 7-candle-started Here goes... 8-candles The wax started to cool almost immediately. It took another six hours or so for them to harden completely. 9-candle-curing Ta-da! That giant block of beeswax yielded three candles – and made my house smell amazing for the rest of the day. I can't wait to try them out. I think these would make a great gift, and provided you're doing all the work with the hot wax, it would be a fun project to do with your kids, too. They could help cut and tie the wicks, supervise the pouring, and create special labels for the candles. Maybe as a Valentine's Day present for someone special? (If this has piqued your interest, here's lots more info on making candles.)
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