Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Beeswax Candles


A few weeks ago we found out that our bees died out over the winter.  While this means purchasing new bees, it also meant that we had an unexpected honey harvest.  You can read all about it here.  A little unexpected was the beeswax harvest that went along with the honey harvest.

After mashing up a lot of the wax and letting the honey drain, we were left with the mess above.  To separate out the wax we warmed it in the oven at 170 degree until the wax separated.  I was beyond excited thinking of the wonderful uses for the wax - think of all that polishing and molding we could do.  Perhaps my method was a bit off however and the wax was quite hard, so we decided to use some of the inspiration from my friend over at Fresh Eggs Daily and make candles.




We places wicks inside broken apart egg shells and poured in the hot wax.  The candles were set in a pie plate of grass I started a few weeks ago and were the perfect addition to our Easter and spring table.



I hope you're spring is off to a wonderful start.

4 comments:

  1. I can't wait to try this when we harvest our honey, hopefully later this year. Still waiting on our bees though! March was unusually cold so everything has been pushed back. I'm hoping April is better.

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  2. How lovely!! I am so looking forward to having our own wax this year.

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  3. Your egg candles are beautiful! Sorry about your bess though.

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