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Making candles is a fun way to enjoy crafting with beeswax. While there are many candle making techniques to explore, this one is rather unique. This tutorial uses empty eggs shells to make real egg shaped beeswax candles. What a great way to recycle and reuse!
Egg Shell Candle Molds
Crafting with beeswax is fun no matter what you decide to make. This all natural wax has a relatively low melting point.
This makes it easy to work with and it doesn’t require a lot of fancy equipment. In fact, one of the most popular beeswax uses is candle making. And even better, if you mess up you can usually remelt and try again!
Molds for Candle Making
Beyond the basic tapers and pillars, there are many ways to make beeswax candles. Of course one of the most popular is the use of molds.
What did folks do long ago when candle molds were hard to come by? Many things around the home have served as candle molds over the years. Tin baking tins were popular – but I bet it was difficult to remove them when finished.
Long before commercial molds of rubber, plastic or silicone was available – people used what they had on hand. Empty egg shells were something that everyone had.
Our idea of using empty egg shells to serve as candle molds is a nod to traditional candle crafting.
- empty egg shells
Clean egg shells are easy to come by. Larger eggs are easier to work with. We want to pour wax in the small end – the larger end will be the base of the candle.
There will be a larger hole here. This is not necessarily a bad thing as it creates a pool for the melting wax.
The amount of beeswax needed for these egg-shaped candles depends on the size of the eggs. Grade A large – will require more melted beeswax than small. Buy extra – you can find many way to use it.
Use a medium sized cotton core wick for your candle if possible. Beeswax burns a bit hotter than other waxes and it needs a good sized wick.
Choosing Eggs for Candles
Eggs are different. The eggs I used are fresh farm eggs from my chicken coop. I noticed that my blue Ameraucana eggs had a thicker inner egg membrane that made the shell more difficult to remove. You may have a similar experience if using backyard eggs from different breeds.
This project is easy to do and does not require any special equipment. A great lesson in being resourceful (as long as you eat the eggs .)
Expert Tips – Preparing the Egg
Start with a fresh egg – large eggs are easier to work with. Wash the egg with soap and water – rinse well and dry.
Now, you need to remove the liquid inside of the egg. This is called “blowing an egg” . Don’t worry you can use the inside for your breakfast omelet if you wish.
Using a large needle, small blunt knife point or awl, tap a small hole in each end of an egg. The holes should be just large enough to stick the awl (or a toothpick) in and scramble the yolk.
If you do not scramble the yolk, prepare to blow your brains out straining to get that yolk through a small hole.
Now hold the egg over the sink, or a bowl and blow forcefully in one end. The inside of the egg should squirt out of the hole on the other end.
Once the shell is empty, run water into one of the holes and swish around. We want to clean the inside of the shell. Shake out the excess water and lay aside to dry.
Filling the Egg Shell Candles
You will cut a piece of wicking that is just a bit longer (2-3 inches) than the egg shell depth. After dipping in hot wax – stretch out the wick to cool. It should not be able to be inserted into the empty shell.
If you wish – use a hairpin (bobby pin) or clothespin, to hold the top of the wick in place. Now fill the shell with melted beeswax. Leave in place to cool.
Once the wax is completely cool – simply peel away the shell. Now you have a unique egg-shaped beeswax candle to enjoy. Great for Easter or any occasion.
Creating with beeswax is a great way to make natural products for your home. With your left over beeswax there are several project you can try.
These beeswax seashell tealights are another interesting way to recycle and use unusual molding ideas. They are popular wedding favors. Also, a good way to put all those seashells you lugged home from the beach to good use.
For the holidays, even the kids can help make these Christmas tree shaped candles with sheets of rolled wax.
For a more traditional holiday idea, you can make beeswax ornaments with clay cookie molds – just like our ancestor did years ago.
Or try the blackened version using cinnamon – blackened ornaments. You are only limited by your imagination.
If the idea of a natural room fragrance appeals to you, it only take a small amount of beeswax to make DIY wax melts – use the fragrance of your choice.
Egg Shaped Beeswax Candles Tutorial
- Using a double boiler melt enough beeswax to fill the number of egg shaped beeswax candles you want to make.If this is your first time, take a guess. You can always add more to the melting pot if needed. Use clean raw beeswax or you can purchase beeswax pastilles.
- If you want your egg candle to really be useful, consider your wick choice.For most types of beeswax candles, square braided cotton wicks are suitable. For this project I used a 2/0 wick size.Prior to pouring the candle, you should “pickle your wick”. This simply means to hold the wick by one end and dip the rest of it into warm wax.Remove the wick once it is coated with wax and lay it down straight to cool just a bit. This process helps the wick become stiff and straight.
- After the wick has cooled a little but is still warm and pliable, insert it through the empty egg shell.Curl up one end of the wick and gently seal the bottom hole in the egg.If this proves difficult, and you and unable to seal the bottom of the egg – don’t fret. You can use just a bit of air dry clay, play dough or florist putty to gently seal the bottom hole in the egg and help hold the wick in the bottom.
- Continue preparing the egg shells until you have a wick for each one. Using an egg cart to hold the eggs in an upright position is a good idea.This makes handling the eggs easier and holds them in place while you fill them with hot wax.
- Fill each shell with melted wax. Try to reserve enough wax to fill a shell completely in one pour.If you have to stop to melt more wax, do that before starting on the next egg.Don’t be alarmed if a little wax leaks out of the bottom of the egg. A small leak will not affect your finished egg shaped candle.Fill each shell with melted beeswax. Then, sit them aside to cool completely. This may take several hours.If you have trouble keeping the candle wick in place, a wooden skewer, toothpick or bobby pin can be used to hold it in place while the wax cools.
- Once cool, break the egg shell and peel all parts of the shell away. What do you have inside? A beautiful egg shaped beeswax candle.