The 16 Pound Block of Beeswax

So I impulse bought a lot of beeswax. Like a lot. Sixteen pounds worth. 

To top it off, it was a long way to go get it and I thought Chris was going to be furious because A) why are you buying beeswax? Don’t you have enough projects? And B) we’re driving all over Alberta for BEESWAX? And C) why is this beeswax so expensive?! 

But thank god, he wasn’t, as he was carrying the massive brick of it back to the car, he went “This is SO cool!” Hehe. I got away with it. 

The most amazing couple at Good Morning Honey in Stony Plain, Alberta, sold me it. They produce honey obviously as well as bee pollen, beeswax, candles, and much more. They sell mostly at Farmers Markets around central Alberta and I’d highly recommend checking them out, or at their website, or their Instagram @albertahoneybee. She makes the most adorable little owl shaped candles! I need to find a mold like that, they’re too cute. 

Anyway, it smells amazing and I’m trying to make candles with it. Beeswax is a hard to burn wax, you need a hearty wick and a beeswax candle will burn for many more hours than a normal candle. But it’s also it’s own animal, it cracks, it pulls away from the sides of the container, it behaves differently every time you deal with it. It takes some practice and getting used to, and I have never made a candle in my life. 

Good Morning Honey recommended I melt the beeswax in an old crock pot, slow, steady heat prevents it from burning or overheating. I didn’t want to put it in my good crock pot, so I picked up this adorable Little Dipper crock pot from Value Village for $5! Beeswax melts at 180 degrees F and the Little Dippers max temp is 180. 

I shaved off some wax with a chisel and a hammer and melted it down, stirring occasionally. 

I had a jar ready with a wick placed. Good Morning Honey recommended getting all your candling supplies from a business out of Vancouver called Wicks N Wax. Their website has everything you could ever need. 

They say you should heat your jars to encourage the hot wax to bond to the hot container, so I had my jar preheating in hot water, just on the outside of the jar. You don’t want the inside wet, the wax won’t adhere. 

After it melted fully, I poured the wax into the hot jar and wrapped it in a towel to keep the heat to make it cool slower. They say if it cools too fast, it’ll pull away from the sides and crack because it contracts so much. 

After it cools, you’re supposed to wait at least 24 hours before you burn it. I did everything I could but mine still cracked and pulled away. Its still pretty though. 

Next time I’ll try putting the freshly poured candle in a pre warmed oven to cool. Maybe match the oven temperature to 180 F and turn it off, put the candles in and let them cool as the oven slowly cools down. I think it’s a fine art to figuring it out. 

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