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Homemade beeswax crayons in stick form and shapes image.

Making Beeswax Crayons Recipe Tutorial

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
Step by step directions for making crayons at home using natural beeswax.
4 from 5 votes

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Instructions
 

  • Melting the beeswax first as it takes the longest. Melt beeswax in a double boiler or boiler insert. This is the safest way to liquify it.
    Yes you can use a microwave but be very careful. Beeswax does have a flashpoint. Double boiler is the best way.
    Melting beeswax in a double boiler insert for making beeswax crayons image.
  • Add the carnauba wax and cocoa butter to the melted wax and allow all to melt together.
    Cocoa butter and carnauba wax added to crayon recipe image.
  • Once melted, stir the ingredients with a wooden skewer, craft stick or spoon to blend the waxes and butter.
    Stir beeswax crayon ingredients well to combine image.
  • Calculate amount for each mold and prepare:
    Estimate the amount of recipe needed to fill your molds.  This will vary widely depending on the type of mold you use.
    Because the weight of the ingredients is close to the same as water, weight can be used as an estimation.
    Fill one section of the mold with water and then weighed it on your kitchen scale.  This gives an estimate of how much recipe is needed for each section of the mold.
    My long stick mold required approximately 26 gram of beeswax mix; the star mold required 42 grams per section.
    Spray the sections of the mold with mold release.  This may not be completely necessary but it ensures that removable of the finished crayon will be effortless.
    Silicone mold for homemade crayons and mold release spray image.
  • For each color: Pour the desired amount of mix into a small plastic solo cup. 
    Stir in about ½ tsp of your pigment choice and stir very well with a toothpick or similar.
    Pour into the proper mold and leave to cool.  Repeat the process with each color you wish to make.
    Pouring beeswax crayon mix into molds image.
  • Leave to cool for at least an hour. The crayon will become stronger as it cools.
    Beeswax candles cooling in mold image.

Notes

You will have to experiment a bit to get the exact color effect you want.  This is another great reason to only make a few crayons at first. 
I was pleased with the coloring effect of my homemade beeswax crayons but next time I would add more of the green pigment for a darker effect.
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