beeswax. sigh. the smell is absolutely heavenly. i bought some from a local bee farmer a while ago and have been waiting for the perfect moment to make candles. as i was blowing out some eggs to dye, a couple cracked a bit, so i decided to make candles in them. i have an epic (and somewhat ridiculous) egg cup collection, so, any chance to use them, i do. i am completely obsessed with this project!!! sorry...in advance for the 9 million forty two pictures you are about to see...but i really think you will love them too.
you will need:
- wax...i used beeswax, but you can use soy wax or even melt down crayons (after taking off the paper wraps)
- wick...you can purchase candle wicks at most craft stores or online...but you can use a plethora of other things you probably have around the house. i've used butcher string but couldn't find it this morning so i used some twisted paper twine i had. these ones are more for show anyway. using cotton string is great.
- a bit of tin foil (if you don't have a fancy candle wick that has a metal disc at the bottom already)
- egg shells...washed and dried. i left mine a bit rustic looking and kept the tops.
- a double broiler...if you don't have one, a small bowl that sits on top of a small pot that has boiling/simmering water in it works great. just make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the bottom of the pan.
- a box grater. the beeswax is really hard to get off (use boiling water) so, it's awesome to have one especially for beeswax.
- stick of some sort. i used a chopstick and taped the wicks on so they'd stay put. if you are using a cotton string, twine, or a candle wick, just tie them to it. you'll see in the photos below.