How To Make a Beeswax Candle at Home in 8 Simple Steps | DIY Candle Making Tutorials (2020)

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Hey everybody, it’s Charlotte! Today on
Makers Moments we’ll be teaching you how to make a candle using beeswax.
Beeswax candles have been used for more than a thousand years. The wax is the
substance secreted by honeybees when they construct their honeycombs. The wax
is obtained by melting the empty comb in boiling water. It tends to be a bit
stickier than other waxes and its composition varies slightly
according to the geographical location and diet of the bees. Beeswax is a
relatively soft wax but has a high melt point. It is the most expensive of all
candle waxes and it is valued for its slow burn, golden color, and unique aroma.
Beeswax is available in yellow or white bleached color. We’re going to walk you
through how in just 8 simple steps, you can make your very own luxury beeswax
wooden wick candle! First, get prepped. Here’s what you’re going to need: vessels –
today we’re using two from our aura collection. Wax – we’re using beeswax cocoa
cream. Fragrance oil – today we’re using one from our Naturals Collection. Wooden
wicks, wick clips, wick stickers, safety labels, a pouring pitcher, a stove
safe pot, a whisk or stirring utensil, thermometer, and wick trimmers. Now let’s
get started heating things up! Cover the area you’re working on or be sure to
work on an easy to clean surface. Clean your vessels with a damp cloth to remove
any dust or debris. Fill a stove safe pot with water until the water reaches
approximately three inches in height. Preheat the water until it’s barely
simmering, not boiling. Now we can get started melting our wax down. Today I’m
using the beeswax cocoa cream from the Wooden Wick Co. It’s often helpful when
using pure beeswax to add a small amount of coconut oil to lower the melt
temperature and increase the wax blend’s ability to hold fragrance. I love using
beeswax cocoa cream because it’s already formulated with coconut and palm waxes
so you’re ready to go! So you’re going to want to cut your wax
into smaller chunks so you can easily put it into your pouring pitcher. You can
use a wax cutter or a simple kitchen knife for this and then simply place the
wax chunks into your pouring picture. The total ounce fill for each vessel is the
equivalent to the amount of wax needed per vessel. For example, if you’re using
an 8 ounce vessel, 8 ounces of wax will be needed. If you want to determine how
much wax you need for your vessel, you can fill up a measuring cup with water
to find out how many ounces of liquid will fill that container. Or if you’re
using a vessel from The Wooden Wick Co., like I am in this tutorial, you can just
look on the product page on our website for the ounce fill of that particular
vessel. If you’re using a flake wax instead of a slab, you’ll need to weigh
the flakes with a scale to determine the amount that you need to melt. For these
two vessels you’re going to need a total of 20 ounces of wax. Carefully place your
pouring pitcher into your water filled pot and leave the pouring pitcher in the
pot until the wax is completely liquefied and reached the appropriate
mix and pour temperature for your wax type. If you’re ever unsure about the mix
and pour temperature for your wax, refer to the manufacturer or product page
where you purchased the wax. If you’re using the beeswax cocoa cream wax like I
am in this video, the mix and pour temperature is a hundred and thirty
seven degrees Fahrenheit, which is 58 degrees Celsius. While the wax is melting,
you’ll want to assemble your wicks and place them into your vessel. If you’ve
never used wooden wicks before, they’re really easy to use since they stand
straight up on their own with the help of our provided wick clips. For help with
which wick to use, you can check out our wick selection guide online for
suggestions on which wick is best for you – we’ve linked that below. For this
candle, I’m using the Crackling Booster 0.03 in 0.625 inches wide from
The Wooden Wick Co. I’m using this wick because of the way it performs with
beeswax cocoa cream and because of the particular size vessel that I’m using.
Understanding the relationship between wicks, wax, and your vessel size is key to
successful candle making with wooden or cotton wicks. But it isn’t all that hard –
I’ve included a link below that’s a great foolproof guide to picking the
right wicks. press the wick gently into the wick clip
by rocking the wick from edge to edge until it’s fully inserted into the wick
clip. Next, take your wick sticker and adhere
it to the bottom of your wick clip. Simply pull back the double-sided adhesive and
place the entire wick clip assembly into the center bottom of your container. Now
let’s check the temperature of our wax. Perfect! Once we’ve reached the perfect
mix and pour temperature, it’s time to stir things up.
Remove the pouring pitcher from the pot with a heat-resistant glove. Measure and
pour in your fragrance oil and stir briskly for two to three minutes. This
prolonged stirring will help the molecules of the fragrance oil fully bind with the
molecules of the wax. Today we’re using creamy vanilla and coconut sugar from
our Naturals Collection – it’s a warm, woody fragrance and two ounces is the perfect
amount for these two Aura vessels. That means you’ll be using one ounce of
fragrance oil for each candle to give you a 10 percent fragrance load. To dive
into the math, a fragrance load of 10% is the amount of fragrance concentration
in your total wax fill for each vessel. In this case my aura vessels each have a
10 ounce wax fill, making the ratio of fragrance concentration one out of 10. 10
percent of 10 ounces equals one ounce. This is an excellent fragrance load that
will give you both the powerful hot and cold throw. If you’re making more than
two candles, you can refer to our fragrance percentage chart in the links
below for exact details and pouring measurements based on your desired
fragrance load. Now it’s time to pour some candles!
Slowly pour your blend of wax and fragrance into your vessel until between
half an inch to one inch of the wIck remains above the wax. This can vary a
bit depending on your personal preference and the vessel size. In bigger
vessels, it’s normally best to leave about 1 inch remaining above the top of
the vessel, but if you’re using a votive or a shorter vessel, half an inch should
be sufficient. Perfect! Now we get to chill out.
Let your candle set on a flat surface for at least 24 hours. Once your candles
have fully cooled, trim your wicks 2 to 0.2 inches or 5 millimeters above the wax.
Once your candle has fully cooled, you can apply safety labels to the bottom of
the candle. Congrats! You’re officially a candle maker! Once you’ve created your
candles, it’s important to make sure that you also properly care for and store
your beautiful new creations. Be sure to trim your wick in between burns where
the wood naturally breaks off to prevent sooting. You can trim the wick by gently
pinching burnt bits off with your fingers when the candle is completely
cooled. Never burn your candle for longer than four hours –
we recommend burning in cycles of two to three hours until a full melt pool has been
achieved. This maximizes an even burn and maximizes the throw of your fragrance.
When not in use, store your candles upright in a cool dry environment and
out of direct sunlight. Ready to put your newfound knowledge into practice?
Everyone has an interesting first candle making story – share yours in the comments
below! If you want to purchase any of the components that we used in this video,
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on Makers Moments. Happy Making!


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