Mind your beeswax – candle craft

One of the advantages of working in a Museum/walled garden is the chance to be involved in environmental projects and natural crafts, I’m not naturally an outdoor girl but I definitely love a bit of fun crafting (with or without kids).

So today we added the art of beeswax candle making to our museum skills.

Beeswax pouring

 dipping

sheets

 candles1

The easiest way to make candles is to use coloured or natural beeswax sheets,they can be cut and rolled to make very attractive candles.

beeswaxsheets

We all had a fab day and many thanks to  Cheshire Beekeepers for their time and expertise.

http://www.cheshire-bka.co.uk/Beekeeping/beefacts.php

What is beeswax

Beeswax is produced by bees in the form of tiny scales which are “sweated” from the segments on the underside of the abdomen. To stimulate the production of beeswax the bees gorge themselves with honey or sugar syrup and huddle together to raise the temperature of the cluster. To produce one pound of wax requires the bees to consume about ten pounds of honey.

 

 

 

9 Comments

  1. Kate Williams
    October 28, 2014 / 20:10

    Ooh, I haven’t seen those sheets before, they look like fun! Thanks for joining in with Tuesday Tutorials #pintorials

    • October 28, 2014 / 20:50

      You’re welcome, there are some great ideas on there.

  2. October 21, 2014 / 20:02

    That looks like a lot of fun and those finished candles look great 🙂

    • October 19, 2014 / 13:53

      Claire it’s really easy & you can buy beeswax online, coloured beeswax to roll or blocks to melt. x

  3. October 13, 2014 / 21:41

    Thanks, it was. The rolling was so easy, it would be great for kids to make as christmas presents. The beeswax sheets can be bought in all colours.

  4. October 13, 2014 / 06:36

    This looks like a delightful thing to do! I love beeswax candles. Did it smell nice when you were dipping the wick?

    • October 13, 2014 / 07:53

      Haha, it does have a honey smell : )

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