I recently cleaned my neighbor's beeswax for the first time, and decided to make some unscented beeswax candles from the beeswax. I've made soy candles with fragrances before, but never worked with beeswax. I've heard it's a bit more tricky to make a good beeswax candle versus a soy candle, so I had low expectations that mine would actually turn out.
Here are the supplies I used:
Beeswax (approx 2lbs)
Beer Bottles (cut in half)
Thermometer (not in photo)
Heat Gun (not in photo)
I first weighed how much wax I had, to give me an estimate of how many jars I would need for my candles. I had a five beer bottles and figured I would put about 5-6 ounces of wax in each one.
I filled the large pot about 1/3 full of water, and placed it on the stove. I only use this pot for my projects, and not for cooking. Wax can get messy and is hard to get off once dried. If you decide to make your own candles, I'd highly recommend having designated pots and supplies just for wax.
I broke the beeswax sheets and put them in the metal pouring pitcher. This pitcher is also just used for melting wax. Then I placed the metal pitcher inside my large pot to create a DIY double boiler.
I wanted to keep the wax melting between 160-180F. Beeswax starts melting around 150F and everywhere I read said to not let you wax get over 200F or the wax starts to discolor.
Once everything was melted, I heated the melted wax to 180F.
Next, I removed the metal pitcher and set it on the countertop to cool to 155-160F. Then poured the melted wax into room temperature jars.
After they cooled and solidified they had some MAJOR sinkholes. Most sinkholes happen if you pour too hot of wax or your jars are too cold. Since I knew I poured at the correct temperature, I plan to warm up my jars with a a heat gun next time and also use some sort of insulator (either a coozie or some aluminum foil). I might also try to cool the wax to 150F and then use the heat gun to warm up the top of the pouring pitcher if the wax is starting to solidify.The other option is using a different jar. Mason jars are thicker, widely available, and retain the heat more. They are better option for sure, but I like using old beer bottles. :)
The candle will still work just fine despite the sinkholes, but I wanted them to look pretty, so I fixed the sinkholes by heating the tops with a heat gun.
The heat gun worked great! I did notice some white markings around the wick, and I'm not sure what that is all about. If you know why that happened, please leave a comment!
I don't plan to sell these ones as I didn't put a big/hot enough wick in them, so they are tunneling. I plan to try out these hemp wicks next time. But any wax left over on the sides, can be remelted to make more candles!