Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Perks of Being a Beekeeper

The honey, of course; but besides that, I've been saving the wax cappings from the comb we extracted. 

My son Alex designed the labels. He's so talented! Hive Jinx, like hi-jinx. Get it?

Three years worth of cappings. Sheesh. 

Next, using an old milk carton and some cheese cloth...

Melting the wax using a double boiler

(Sorry for the harsh lighting. Ick.)

Straining it to catch old bee parts and other sludge

Pure beeswax smells delicious. I let it cool overnight. 

The next step is to find some decent taper candle molds, and wick. If anybody out there has made taper candles and can recommend a good mold, that would be awesome. And any other advice for molded candles you might have. I have made hand-dipped before, but never poured molds. Thanks, pals! 


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