Over the weekend Jasmin, Jo and I got together for our not so regular ink club meeting with grand plans to try our hand at beeswax candle pouring. Between eating cookies and quiche and practising our calligraphy of course.
Why? Because beeswax, my friends, are like at least 6 times more superior than your regular old candles - they are environmentally friendly, non toxic or allergenic, and have this ever so subtle honey fragrance. Feeling smug yet?
So now, having watched Jas doing most of the heavy lifting (and hand modelling) I am pretty much an expert in this whole thing and will walk you through the process.
You will need: Solid Beeswax / Wicks / Jars / A pouring jug / A bain marie
Ebay it all. Probably not the bain marie - that's pretty much just a stockpot with boiling water in it. But the rest of the stuff.
When buying your beeswax, it will probably be delivered in a ginormous chunk. You want to chop this down (apparently a mallet works well) to roughly fist sized chunks. The next step is to melt the beeswax in a bain marie over low heat. This is a pretty slow process so be patient - it took about 20-30 mins for our jugfull to melt completely.
In the meantime, prepare your jars by sticking down your wicks. We used little sticky dots but dipping the bottoms into melted wax would work too. We also used clothes pegs to keep the wick upright once the wax is poured. Like popsicles amirite?
Okay, the fun part. Pour your little heart out! Then pour the melted beeswax into the jars. You will see them starting to set around the cool sides of the jar pretty much instantly.
Now the not so fun part. Wait it out until they are totally set. And don't be tempted to go sticking your fingers in 'em until they are nice and cool and have deepened in colour.
Snip time. Cut the wicks with sharp scissors to a workable length.
And burrrrrn baby! Or, if you are giving them away as presents (hells yeah #diychristmas) you may want to refrain from burning. It may look a little sloppy gifting someone a burnt candle.
Speaking of #diychristmas - are there any other crafts you would like me to investigate? How's your ornament game? And your wreath game? Talk to me.