Bourbon and Beeswax Candles Project
Because beeswax has such a high melting point, you’ll have some extra considerations when working with it. It can be melted in a double boiler or in a microwave. Just make sure your container is suitable for such high heat.
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Time to Complete: 1 hour
- Kit Yields: 5 candles
Yellow Beeswax - 1 lbItem#:IB003036 Varient/Quantity/Set: 0
Bourbon and Beeswax Candles
Kentucky Bourbon Fragrance Oil and the natural smoky scent from yellow beeswax create an irresistible combination.
5 Candle Tins
5 Wu-150 White Cotton Candle Wicks
16 oz. Yellow Beeswax
1.3 oz. Kentucky Bourbon Fragrance Oil
5 Plastic Straws
WICK PREP: There are several methods for steadying the wick in your candle tin. One of the easiest involves a plastic straw. Cut the straw lengthwise to the middle and slide the wick into the slit. Place the straw across the top of the candle tin and adjust the wick so it touches the bottom of the candle tin. Repeat this process for each wick and set aside.
Melt 16 ounces of beeswax in a double boiler. Alternatively, you can melt it in the microwave. Be careful – because of beeswax’s high melting point, even a heat-safe container can melt or explode in the microwave if it gets too hot. If you do use a microwave, melt using 1 minute bursts and stir frequently.
Add 1.3 ounces of Kentucky Bourbon Fragrance Oil and stir into the wax. It’s normal for some of the beeswax to solidify when it comes in contact with the oil. Stir until the solid beeswax melts.
Pour the wax into each candle tin. Then, place each wick in the center of the candle, making sure it touches the bottom of the tin.
CLEAN UP TIP: Beeswax is tricky to clean because it has such a high melting point. Immediately after pouring the candles, use a paper towel to wipe any excess hot wax from the bowl and stirring utensils. The more wax you can wipe out, the better. If necessary, clean with extremely hot water and dish soap.
Allow the wax to fully cool and harden. This will take several hours. Once the candles are completely firm, light and enjoy. Of course, never leave your candle unattended.
Photographer: Amanda Kerzman
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