One day we had an idea that we wanted to make candles. We already had beeswax from the bee hive. We were ecstatic and exuberant when we started. First we had to review the process before we began to make sure we had everything we needed. We gathered, a small stainless steel bowl, wicks, candle holders, a large pot, fragrance oil, several spatulas, and of course – beeswax! The process is quite long and well worth it.
The first step is gathering the bees wax. It was so exciting to know that the beeswax we used came from our hives right here on our homestead. The second step is to break the beeswax apart and put it into a small bowl. While someone is doing that, our older brother, Tobiyah made the water bath. What is a water bath? A water bath is a big pot that has boiled water in it.
The third step is boiling the beeswax/honey mixture by placing the small bowl containing beeswax, into the water bath. This step is important to separate the remaining honey from the wax. We wanted to be sure there was very little or no honey left as leftover honey in a candle will create smoke as a candle is burning. We were ecstatic to see the beeswax and honey boiling the water bath. The smell of the combination of warm honey and beeswax is naturally sweet and mouth-watering. We enjoyed the whole process a lot, but seeing the wax and honey bubbling together was our favorite part. Somehow, Naomi got a tiny bit of honey on her lips and she said it tasted so yummy. For those who don't like go through the process, you can find some Tupelo Honey for Sale online.
After we took the small bowl from the water bath, we allowed the mixture to cool. Once cooled, the beeswax rises to the top to harden and the honey separates and remains at the bottom of the bowl. Now separated, the wax can be scraped off the top and placed in back in the water bath to melt the wax.
Now that we have removed all honey from the wax, we melt it again. This time we added a fragrance to the wax. We used honey vanilla and it smelled delightful! We used a tiny bit of wax to set our wicks in the candle holder and used a bobby pin to make sure the wicks remained straight while we poured the delicious smelling wax in the voltive candle holders.
We allowed our candles to sit and cool for 24 hours before burning them.
This process was fun and we look forward to doing it again.
By: Athalyah, Naomi and Jada
P.S. If you want to see pictures of this wonderful creation, visit the HIA Homeschool Page.