Beeswax Candles by Honey-Mountain

pure beeswax

It is quite enjoyable making up a batch of different candles knowing people will enjpoy them greatlyI commend pure beeswax candles as an important ingredient in the rather expensive business of beekeeping. I sell mine in local gift shops and mail order. Nowadays I make them in my workshop at home (no longer on the “Honey Mountain” but I will keep the label) generally in the winter after honey has been dealt with or to order. It is quite easy to set up the wax kettles and pourers and make a batch of moulded candles. Once the last one is done, the first one may have set hard enough to remove from the mould. Rolled candles just need the sheets, a hair dryer to warm them, other than in the summer, a flat surface, good lighting and a batch of precut wicks. In both cases, it is easy to get a good working rhythm quite quickly, though I find frequent short breaks helpful.

As my candle sales use more wax than I can make, I supplement my own extracted wax by buying in from first class sources. I render my own old comb in frequent batches as I cannot leave brood comb longer than a couple of weeks after taking it from a hive. Otherwise, wax moth will not only reproduce and get into local hives, but also eat my saved wax! Cappings comb is always better as it is freshly made and pristine, whereas brood comb will have propolis in it, have been discoloured by the bees and needs extra filtering. On occasion, I have made bear candles with pale brown wax and customers have requested them in preference to the golden or ivory colour of the best wax.

selling from a workshop

If you have the option and can diversify beyond honey sales, then selling from a workshop is attractive to visitors, given the delightful smell of hot wax and the fascination people have of seeing a craftsperson working. When I kept the bees at a local Gardens, I found that the combination of a workshop which people could visit with the candles I made in the workshop, an excellent combination. People could see me at work or see the setup, together with pictures of various stages of the work, and be stimulated to purchase them. In any case, they were very much appreciated as being of high quality. As I charged by weight, this made the heavy ones expensive and the light ones highly intensive in labour. Perhaps a different pricing structure would work, costing by time and materials etc. in the normal way. Nevertheless, there was something for all visitors, expensive for the more affluent and tokens for the children.

methods

I have found using silicone rubber moulds the easiest of the moulds to use, though the quality of the finish is entirely dependent on the quality of the mould. It is possible to make your own moulds based on your own originals, so long as you have, or can acquire, copyright on the model.

a steady hand is needed to roll foundation neatly Rolled candles are straightforward to do, but the larger the sheet and the more layers you have increases the precision required to roll them true. Children love to make them and either a full sheet of shallow thin foundation or a half or quarter sheet are suitable sizes.

I have sold few dipped candles, which have awaited making a simple dipping station to make several pairs simultaneously. All my candles have won first and other high level prizes at the local honey shows (Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show, Cornwall BKA and West Cornwall BKA).

Kits are straightforward to make up for a customer, ideally to their specification, though there are simple standard kits available with a sheet to guide making candles from them. Most commercial kits are from cut down foundation (half size or less) with precut wick – coloured foundation can be an attraction to customers, though I have always preferred pure beeswax as the natural product.

purchasing our candles

To purchase our candles please go to purebeeswaxcandles.co.uk where our full range can be found for both retail and wholesale purchase.

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