bees haven't yet produced enough), so I figured I'd dedicate a rainy afternoon to candle making.
Wax (beeswax smells amazing)
Candle mold(s), any size
Dowel(s), one per mold
Candle dye (optional)
Lavender scent (optional; I use drops of homemade lavender essential oil)
Dried lavender petals
- Begin by melting wax in double boiler, with sufficient water (always) between pots. I use an old tin can for the inside pot.
- Cut wick down to 2" longer than candle mold. Insert wick into the candle mold wick holes, leaving 1/2" of wick outside of the wick holes.
- Add candle dye (optional) and stir.
- Remove wax from heat.
- Add several drops of lavender scent and stir.
- Ladle wax into mold cavities. Let cool.
- Insert dowel (or skewer) into the candle along the wick. Fill crater with melted wax. Do NOT fill the crater if the wax is still liquid inside; wait until the wax has started to stiffen throughout.
- Allow the candle to cool completely.
- When molds are cold to the touch, remove the dowels and turn the mold over to remove the mold sealer.
- Release candles from molds.
- Trim the wick at the top of the mold to 1/4" and trim the wick at the bottom of the candle flush with the candle surface.
- Light and enjoy!