I rendered some of my beeswax from the backyard hives last week using the boiling the wax in water method and then straining the wax into old soap molds I had in a closet upstairs. I later poured some pure beeswax tea lights too!
Wax blocks "curing". The brown stuff is the bits and pieces you don't want and they settle on the bottom of the mold. You then let them dry for a day or two and you can scrape off the part you don't want.
You can see in the above photo that after you scrape off the icky bits you are left with pure beeswax. I use beeswax on my Pine Needle Baskets and I look forward to using some of these blocks for exactly that purpose. I also plan on using some propolis I collected in the varnish of my Nantucket Baskets in the future. I had always heard that violin makes used propolis in their varnishes and if it worked for that it is probably great for Nantucket Baskets. Anyway, the soap mold worked pretty well and I got some nice little blocks of wax out of it.
Making the Candles was a bit of an afterthought and I sort of pulled it together from a package of wicks I scrounged up in the same closet I found my soap making supplies and I had a few empty glass taillights kicking around. The glow from these candles was beautiful and they didn't smoke or smell funny. They were truly beautiful.
|Homemade Pure Beeswax Tealights|