3 December 2013
Beeswax is naturally sweet smelling, so these simple candles are a sensory pleasure to make. They also can be sized to fit inside our Macrame Jar Lantern.
To secure the candle to the jar use a small heat source, for example an iron covered with wax baking paper, to partially melt the candle's base. The heat will melt the bottom of the candle enough to form a smooth warm layer that will adhere to most any surface. Press the warmed base onto the center of your jar. Apply a fair amount of pressure and allow for the partially melted area to cool.
Try cutting your foundation sheets in different ways and patterns to create a range of forms that sit together.
- Beeswax foundation sheet
- Precision knife
Place a sheet of beeswax foundation onto a cutting board. Using a ruler and pencil, measure and draw a line along the foundation sheet marking the height of your desired candle.
Using a precision knife, with a ruler to guide you, cut along the line you previously marked with pencil.
Using a pair of scissors, cut a length of wick one inch longer than the height of your candle.
Warm the foundation sheet with a hairdryer to slightly soften the wax, making it pliable. Lay the wick along one edge of the foundation sheet and carefully fold the sheet's edge over the wick.
Begin to roll the foundation sheet around the wick, applying an even amount of pressure with both hands. Be sure to keep the sheet's bottom edge straight, this will ensure an even base for the finished candle.
Once the sheet is completely rolled, press the outer edge of the sheet into the candle, sealing the seam, to keep it from unrolling. If necessary, it may be helpful to again slightly heat the foundation sheet to fully seal the seam.