I wonder if your image of beeswax candles might be the same as mine was before I worked at Honey Candles. Beeswax candles often show up at Farmer’s Markets as a side item to sell with honey. This is where I was used to seeing beeswax candles. Small beekeepers don’t always have enough beeswax to sell and don’t want to see it wasted. So they filter it and turn it into candles sometimes with varying results.
It’s not as easy to make beeswax candles as you might think. Important things to know about what it takes to make a functional and beautiful beeswax candle:
- that the wax is well filtered and clean so the wick doesn’t clog up with impurities
- that the wick has been tested several times to ensure you have the correct wick for the type and size of candle
- that you have good quality molds, preferably ones that determine where the wick is threaded so it is centered
- a clean, organized work space is helpful
I don’t make beeswax candles but I burn them and I have written many blogs advising how to burn them correctly. I would never be so presumptuous as to think that I know what it has taken some of the Honey Candles skilled candle-makers years to learn here in our shop. The beeswax candles they produce have a smooth finish and look polished. They are not lumpy or crude looking. They were handcrafted by someone who cares and that is reflected in the way they look and the way they burn. I have learned to leave the candle making to the experts in our shop. I just want the joy of burning them.
Honey Candles are made in Canada of 100% Canadian pure beeswax. Have you seen our on-line beeswax candle selection?
Wrought iron candle holders made by Kootenay Forge.
Photo by Marlie Marchewka