Beeswax candles are becoming more and more popular. Not only do they make wonderful natural smelling candles but they also actively draw toxins out of the air
unlike Soy wax candles beeswax can have its own challenges and it can be tricky to get right.To help you on your way we have provided a few handy tips for the most common problems.
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1. Having Trouble Burning
Before making candles it is best to dig a hole in the wax, pop in a wick and burn it to see if the flame burns strong and consistently over a period of time.
If the flame is weak then you will need to remove impurities from the wax. This can be achieved by:
1. Melting the wax
2. Once the wax is fully melted add about a 1/3 water into the wax pot
3. Stir the water through the melted wax at a high simmer
4. Take the wax off the top and filter it through a cloth or stocking filter
2. No Glue or Wick Sticker Required
Dip the end of your wick into the beeswax when it’s melted and use that to adhere it to the bottom of your jar.
This will help to keep the wick in place and avoid using any other stickers or glue for a completely natural candle.
3. Coconut Oil
Making 100% beeswax can be difficult as it has a high melt point, this can lead to problems as the candle cools (i.e. cracking)
Adding coconut oil with a lower melt point can help stabilise the wax, improving the finish and also creating a more consistent burn.
Please Note: Beeswax is flammable. Do not melt beeswax in a pan on direct heat, always use the double boiler method and watch it closely.
Disclaimer: Whilst Crafty Candle Supplies makes every effort to give free advice and provide our customers with a greater knowledge we accept no responsibility for the advice given or interpretation. Candle making by nature has many variables and your own testing is essential.