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Video:How to Make Beeswax Candles

with David Fisher

Beeswax candles are easy to make, and with a little creativity, you can cut different designs or use multiple colors to give them a unique look. See what supplies you need to make beeswax candles, and learn how to create them at home.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Beeswax Candles

Hi, I'm David Fisher for About.com. Beeswax has been used by man for hundreds or even thousands of years. Candles made with beeswax burn really cleanly, and give off a warm, light, sweet, almost honey like scent.

Beeswax Candles Supplies

For this project, you'll need:
  • some sheets of beeswax. You can get them at many craft and hobby stores or online at soap and candle suppliers
  • some wicks, pre-primed with beeswax, cut to the length of the candle you're going to make, plus about 3/4 of an inch
  • a good cutting board
  • a nice ruler
  • a good, sharp knife

Prime the Candle Wicks

The first thing you have to do is prime your wicks. You don't absolutely have to do this, but it really helps the candles burn better if you prime your wick first. And it's pretty simple, so I do it. Take a few scraps of the beeswax sheets or some beeswax pellets and melt it into your melt pot. Cut the wick to approximately to the length you'll need, and put the wicks into the melted wax. They'll start bubbling and sizzling. Stir them with a chop stick until they stop bubbling. It'll take about a minute or two. Then, pull them out and place them on a piece of wax paper. That's it! Once they have cooled, you're ready to make your candle.

Roll the Beeswax Candle

To make the simplest version of a rolled beeswax candle, take your sheet of beeswax, lay the wick along one edge and press the wick gently into the wax. Gently roll the wax over the wick and press. Then start rolling the wax keeping it straight and fairly tightly rolled. At the end press the last edge gently into the candle. That's it! Really! That's it!

Unique Beeswax Candles

For a shorter candle, just cut a sheet in half lengthwise. For a skinner candle, just trim the sheet vertically. For a tapered candle, cut the sheet on a diagonal before you set the wick. Here's another variation of the taper, just with less of a diagonal cut. You can also use two different colors of wax at the same time - both on the regular tapers and on the diagonal cuts.

There are literally dozens of different options when using these beeswax sheets. Different shapes, different sizes, different colors. But even with all of the options, I tend to prefer the natural color just plain taper. Whatever you prefer, I hope you'll make some rolled beeswax candles.

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