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« on: August 07, 2012, 03:59:51 AM »

I would like to make beeswax candles - how is it in containers?

I want to make dip candles as well....

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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2012, 09:48:59 AM »

It works well in containers, but it does shrink quite a bit as it cools - this makes it pull away from the sides, and it can crack on top as well.

If you are using transparent containers you can't do a double pour to even out the top, because it will run down the sides where they have pulled away from the container, and you'll get a very uneven look. If you cool it really slowly that should avoid cracking.
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2012, 09:50:30 AM »

Oh, and wick size and type aren't the same as for parafin candles, so if you've been making those it's not a straight switch - you'll need to do some experiments to find the right size for a good burn.
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2012, 09:52:22 AM »

It looks like I may be able to get hold of some beeswax from a bee keeper soon. I was thinking of maybe making some candles. Do I have to treat the wax in any way? As far as I know, it will be unfiltered, untreated as is from the bee keeper.
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2012, 06:46:48 AM »

Hmmm - maybe I'll just use the beeswax for the dipped candles.  I have some container wax here so I'll have a play with that too.

Thank you so much for your help... :buttrf:
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2012, 11:15:51 AM »

Madpiano - I think all you need to do is filter it.
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