I use beeswax for many purposes; as a base for wood polish, waterproofing leather, soap, & etc. After a longish power-outage this summer, I realized my candle stock has been depleted over the last few years. I foolishly bought some paraffin candles for cheap, but they have a horrific chemical scent. Beeswax candles give off a nice light, smell good, and don’t seem like they are poisoning us while they burn. Granted, beeswax is ridiculously expensive to light with, so for serious lighting, a few Deitz Lanterns will light up your nights for pennies-per-hour (even with ultra-pure oil). In the past, we have made dip candles but it is time for me to move up to the 18th century.
This weekend, we made candles using our new candle mold from Jas. Townsend & Son. I have loved their products for many years and don’t feel at all bad buying stuff from the actual people who make it. We decided to buy their candle making kit as it is a great starter set including everything needed to make, in our case, about 14 candles.
I think there is an Instructable in our future on candle making as it isn’t quite as straight-forward as it may seem. It isn’t brain surgery however, and I think just about anybody can do this. Besides the minor risk of burning yourself on hot wax, you have little to lose and much to gain. My daughter and I have been making candles together since she was about six or seven and it has been a great opportunity to teach about personal safety and working carefully with hot stuff.
Coming soon: a new lantern from a very old design: