Melt beeswax safely: When melting beeswax for handmade dipped beeswax candles, it is always safest to use the double boiler method.This is a pot of water that has a smaller container holding wax inside. It is safer because it allows an even distribution of heat.Beeswax is flammable. Use proper safety techniques to avoid over heating the beeswax. Use pot holders when handling hot wax containers. Be safe.Keep in mind that the depth of the melting vat determines the length of candle you can make.In this project I am using a candle making pitcher sitting inside a pot of water.
Prepare the wick: I like to use a regular 2/0 cotton braided wick for beeswax tapers. It is easiest to make two candles at a time. The wicks can be draped across a few fingers during dipping to keep the wicks apart. Or, you can use a popsicle/craft stick with 2 holes to hold the wicks apart.
Attach weights to keep wick straight:A metal nut tied to the end of each wick will aid in keeping the wick straight as you make your candles. Don’t worry, you will cut these off later!
A candy thermometer is your friend when making dipping candles. Over heating beeswax can cause it to darken.If the wax is not hot enough, your candles will be lumpy and bumpy. A thermometer helps you keep the wax in the proper temperature zone.Heat the beeswax in your dipping vat to 160° F. As wax accumulates on your wick, the level of wax in the vat will drop.It is good to have extra hot wax in another container. This will allows you to add warm wax to the dipping vat as needed.This small pot shown here is my very favorite wax pot for small projects. You need one or maybe even 2 – I have several. LOL
Dipping: Once your wick is prepared and the wax is at the correct temperature, you are ready to proceed.Dip the wicks into the hot wax 3 times. A quick dip – remove, dip – remove, dip- remove. Then, set it aside to cool for a couple of minutes.Repeat the process until your candles are as thick as you want them to be. This takes time and patience.Unless you have special powers, your candles will not look completely smooth (as if they came out of a machine). They are handmade.
Finishing the base:Once the candle dipping process is done, use scissors to cut off the base of each candle. The excess beeswax encasing the nut can be reused.For a smoother base, you may dip the candles once more after cutting off the excess wick/wax/nut.
Take all precautions to avoid fire or burns - candle making is easy but you must respect the hot wax
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