Working with Beeswax

I love beeswax. Is it hard to work with? Not really. Some folks would like you to think so but working with beeswax is no different than working with any other media. You learn what you need to, you remember those rules and you go for it. Can it be challenging sometimes? Yes. Of course. Still, you push through. Here are some things to think about:

  • Beeswax needs to be completely melted before pouring. If it looks more cloudy than clear, keep it on the heat a little longer. 175 degrees is a good temperature for pouring candles.

  • Beeswax can be hard to repair after it has hardened. It shrinks during the cooling process and thus won't tolerate second pourings of molded or clear container candles unless the second pouring is within minutes (very few minutes) of the first.

  • Beeswax is sticky. All those videos online where the candles pop right out of a metal mold are rubbish unless you use releaser or if you oil your molds. Even then, it can be challenging sometimes.

  • As with any wax, pour slowly and don't stir your wax during the melting period any more than you have to. Otherwise, you may end up with large air pockets in your candle.

Most of all, have fun!


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