Friday, 26 April 2013

Dipped Beeswax Candle Making

Other than rolled and molded candles, another type of beeswax candles which is fun to learn is dipped candles. If you have not yet tried the making, I suggest you to give yourself an attempt on the near weekend. You may love the process, who knows?!

In beeswax candle making, beeswax is the most essential ingredient that you need. Thus, prepare beeswax in quantity that is enough for your candle dipping. You may purchase the beeswax directly from local beekeeper or online store. If the beeswax is in a single big piece, cut it into smaller pieces with a big knife to save melting time later.

You will need:

Beeswax, candle wick, scissors, double boiler (such as tin can & pot), stick & some old newspapers 

Guidelines:

Melting
Similar as making other types of beeswax candles, dipped candles also starts with melting the beeswax. Set up a double boiler to melt the beeswax. You may use a tall or medium-sized tin can and make sure the height of the can is enough for dipping your candles. Put the beeswax into the tin can then place the tin can into a pot filled with water half way up. Now, bring the pot to the stove and start melting the beeswax with medium heat. Switch the heat to low once the beeswax is melted thoroughly.

Dipping
Prepare candle wick in about 40cm length or double your desired length of candle plus extra 15cm in order to make two dipped candles at the same time. Hold the middle part of the wick and dip each side of the wick into the melted beeswax. The measurement of 15cm from the midpoint should free from dipping. Allow about 1-2 minutes or until completely dry before each further dip. Dip them repeatedly until the desired size is obtained.

Cooling
Hang and cool the newly made candles thoroughly once they reach the desired thickness or size similar to tapers. You may use a sustainable stick in between the back of two chairs as a rack for drying them and place some newspapers underneath to avoid any dripping on the floor. When they are entirely dry, shift them to a cool and dry area for storage. Trim the wick when you are ready to use.

Tips & warning:

1. Pay attention while handling the melted hot beeswax and stay children and pets away from the heat.

2. Avoid the wick in the melted beeswax long; otherwise the previously dipped beeswax on the wick will melt off.

3. Allow enough cooling time between dipping in order to secure the beeswax on the wick and will not fall off.

4. ­­­­­­­­­To help straighten the dipped candles, you may need to tug at both ends gently for the first few dips.

Your first experience should be enjoyable, no matter how it ends up. To add more fun, do involve your friend or family member in the process. Happy candle making!


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