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Extract from Making Candles • By Sarah Ditchfield • Published by Search Press

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Making Candles
Beeswax is a lovely, natural material to work with – and smells of honey – so there is no need to add any fragrance. Simply enjoy the sweet smell of a wonderful wax.

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  • Step 1

    Melt the beeswax in the double boiler.

  • Step 2

    Prime the wick.

  • How to make a candle. Beehive Candle - Step 3
    Step 3

    Prepare the mould; seal the hole with adhesive putty and tie off the wick.

  • Step 4

    Once the wax has melted and is at 80°C (176°F), decant the melted wax into the metal jug. Do not overheat the wax: if the temperature goes above 85°C (185°F) it can discolour.

  • Step 5

    Check the wax temperature. It should now be around 75°C (167°F).
If not, wait for it to cool to this temperature.

  • How to make a candle. Beehive Candle - Step 6
    Step 6

    Slowly pour the wax into the beehive mould.

  • How to make a candle. Beehive Candle - Step 7
    Step 7

    Tap the mould to release any air bubbles and check the wick is centred.

  • How to make a candle. Beehive Candle - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now leave the candles to set fully. Depending on the ambient temperature, this will take about two hours.

  • How to make a candle. Beehive Candle - Step 9
    Step 9

    When the candle has set, remove the wicking sticks, turn the mould upside-down and remove any adhesive putty. Untie the knot.

  • How to make a candle. Beehive Candle - Step 10
    Step 10

    Pull back the silicone mould to release the candle. It will have shrunk slightly so should slide easily out of the mould.

  • How to make a candle. Beehive Candle - Step 11
    Step 11

    Finally trim the wick to 0.5

    Tip
    After step 6, save a small amount of wax in the jug – sometimes, once the candle has set, the base of the candle (uppermost in the mould) may have shrunk and become slightly concave. If this happens, heat the wax you saved earlier and pour it into the small concave dip. See page 29 for further instructions.

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