These Hand Dipped Beeswax Tapers create a simply beautiful naturally shaped beeswax taper with easy to follow directions.
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In our home, I love to use natural items for both home health and decor whenever I can. Using these Hand Dipped Beeswax Tapers on our dinner table has helped create a beautiful natural setting for the space. In fact, anywhere I place these tapers, it gives the area something unique. When lit, they offer a warm glow that only further contributes to the beauty of these natural candles.
I will be sharing with you somewhat of a hack to make these with a little more ease. If you have ever made candles before, you know how things don’t always go as smoothly as you might have thought they would. However, with this simple hack, I promise you that candle making has never been easier.
Beeswax is the healthiest choice in candle making. It even has the highest melting point of any wax out there so it will burn longer. However, the use of beeswax in our home is primarily due to the benefits that only beeswax can provide.
Beeswax acts as a natural air purifier. When you light a beeswax candle over soy or another type of candle. The negative ions naturally present in beeswax will attach themselves to dirt, mold, or other air pollutants causing them to drop out of the air. This amazing fact is quite astounding and when you realize just how dirty other candles can make the air when lit, it is hard to use anything else.
What You Will Need To Make These Tapers
Coconut Oil (optional)
Double Boiler (or sauce pot with an old jar and old thermos)
1/2 Gallon Mason Jar (or some other long jar for dipping)
- If you are cutting wicks from a spool, you can use a metal nut to tie at the end and use it as a weight.
- If making your own double boiler, be sure to melt the wax in a container you use specifically for these sorts of projects as beeswax is very difficult to scrub off completely. Old olive oil tins work well for this as do old mason jars.
- Be sure to have extra wax melted nearby so that you can top off your thermos or double boiler.
- If you don’t have a metal candle-making pitcher, use an old coffee thermos to hold the wax as you dip. Make sure it is one you don’t mind tossing or that you keep specifically for candle making.
- Never pour hot wax down a drain.
Being by setting up your workstation. I like to place a large piece of parchment paper underneath to protect the work area or an old rag. I make a workstation near my stove to have easy access when I need to refill my beeswax. You will want to keep the thermos or double boiler filled to the length of your candle to frequently top it off.
Fill a 1/2 gallon mason jar with cold water and have your wicks ready for dipping. If you use the linked wicks those are ready to go but if you are cutting your wicks from a spool you will need a weight to tie at the end. I suggest using a metal nut (a steel hex nut) to weight the base of the wick when dipping.
In a double boiler, melt the beeswax pellets. (You can also use an old tin to melt the beeswax by placing the beeswax in the tin and placing the tin inside a saucepan that is about a 1/3 of the way filled with water.)
Allow the beeswax to melt completely before pouring it into the thermos or you can dip it directly from the candle pitcher if you have one. The beeswax will take several minutes to melt. Once melted add the coconut oil if desired. Be sure to have extra wax on the stove top melting so you can refill the wax as needed.
When ready begin by holding the top of the wick then begin alternating between dipping into the beeswax and the cold water.
Be sure to dip the length of the candle so that the wick is coated evenly with the beeswax.
You will dip until you see a candle forming, If using a nut, you can snip that nut or end piece of the wick off and continue to dip the candle until it is done.
Before the candle sets use your finger to press the base to shape it so that it fits in your taper holder.
Allow the candles to be fully set before lighting and trim the wick as needed. Setting should take about an hour.
Why is coconut oil listed as optional to add?
Adding a little coconut oil helps the candle burn more consistently and helps prevent tunneling.
Should I use yellow or white beeswax?
I use both yellow and white beeswax for making these hand-dipped tapers. I love the look of both for my candles. Beeswax turns white due to the filtration process while yellow beeswax is typically processed less. Whichever type you choose make sure to choose beeswax that does not contain other fillers and that you are indeed getting 100% pure beeswax.
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