Honey-scented rolled beeswax candles are not only easier to make than molded candles, but they also burn longer. Use sheets of pliable honeycomb-textured wax, available in natural pale colors and in bright dyed hues. Supplies are available at crafts shops.
To make the wax easier to work with, heat it on a radiator or with a hair dryer until it’s pliable (a minute or two). Cut a piece of wicking; it should be 3/4 inch longer than the length of the candle. Place the wicking along one long edge of the wax; fold the wax over the wicking and press tightly to seal it in.
Carefully roll up the wax sheet with the wicking inside. Make sure the top and bottom edges remain even and that the wicking stays securely in place.
When the candle is the diameter you want, cut off the excess wax with a sharp utility knife. Use a ruler as a straightedge to make sure that you get a neat, clean edge.
Smooth the cut end by pressing a warmed butter knife (hold it under running hot water and dry it or warm it with a hair dryer) along the seam. Don’t press too hard; beeswax is delicate and you can easily crush the candle. To prime the end of the wick, press a tiny bit of wax around it just before lighting it.
Vary the height of your candles by cutting the beeswax into strips of different heights before rolling the candles in different widths as well. You can group candles of varying widths and heights for an elegant display.
To make a tapered candle, cut a right triangle from a sheet of beeswax. Roll from one of the equal sides. Make beehive-shape candles by rolling a tapered candle, then adding layers of sheet wax, each layer slightly shorter than the last. For square candles, gently press the candle against a hard, smooth surface after each quarter turn.
What You’ll Need
- utility knife
- butter knife