Rolled Beeswax Candles
Make winter memories of sweet smells and comforting flames on the hearth. Creating beeswax candles combines the honey-like sweet smell of beeswax and the welcome glow of candlelight. Beeswax burns at a lower temperature than paraffin and is a simple, environmentally-friendly craft. One of my favorite parts of these candles is the rich honeycomb texture of the wax.
There's a lot of speculation about why a bee makes the hexagon shape of the honey comb. Some feel that it's the simple result of adjacent cells of the hive coming together. Others feel that it is an example of evolutionary perfection, as the shape gives bees the most possible volume in which to store their honey. This makes for a good conversation starter with new "chandlers" (which is what candle makers are called), who can come up with their own theories of why the honey comb is composed of hexagons.
What You Need:
- 2 sheets 8x16 inch honeycombed beeswax (available at most craft stores)
- Wick – non-zinc if you can find it (available from most craft stores)
- Small paring knife or scissors
- Cutting board