Beeswax Hand Candle

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Introduction: Beeswax Hand Candle

About: I'm16 and in my free time I control cockroaches, weld, make canoes from duct tape, 3D print, make helmets, light big pieces of wood on fire, and other awesome stuff

Recently I collected honey (yum!) from our bee hives and there is always a lot of beeswax left over so naturally I made something out of it!

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Step 1: Collect Beeswax and Other Items

items needed

  1. beeswax (obviously)
  2. a metal container(make sure it is almost the exact size of the pot)
  3. wick
  4. stovetop
  5. pot of water
  6. drill
  7. drill bit (a little bit bigger than the size of your wick)
  8. rubber glove
  9. the bottom of a butter container

Step 2: Melt Beeswax

Put the beeswax (while in the metal container) into the pot of water, make sure the water reaches about half way up the container, and boil it on the stove. If everything goes right you should start to see melted wax.

Step 3: Purify Beeswax

If you are using pure beeswax (right out of the hive) your wax will have impurities so use a fork to get the impurities out.

Step 4: Harden and Collect Wax

Take your beeswax out of the water and either let it sit out overnight or put it in the freezer to harden. (I prefer the latter)

Next pry the container away and get the piece of wax (it's only on the top) the rest is some kind of honey substance.

Step 5: Melt and Pour

Melt the pieces of wax completely and pour it into the glove. (It is extremely hot so wear hand protection!)

Tip: hold the fingers out in the direction while under cold water to keep them that way

Step 6: Peel the Glove Off and Make a Base

Peel off the rubber glove after it has hardened. After that pour the remaining wax into the butter bowl and stick the hand into it.

Step 7: Add Wicks

Using a drill bit the size of you wicks drill a hole into the fingers. (be careful the break easily and if you break them you have to do it over)

After you do that insert you wicks and trim them.

Step 8: Light and Enjoy!

Light your candle and enjoy (actually lighting is recommended so the wicks stay in place)

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    16 Discussions

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    Ace Gambit
    Ace Gambit

    2 years ago

    I bet this comes in handy.

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    Ace Gambit
    Ace Gambit

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you, thank you!

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    Ace Gambit
    Ace Gambit

    Reply 2 years ago

    Man, it took me a while to come up with that one.

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    bravoechonovember1
    bravoechonovember1

    Reply 2 years ago

    did you have all hands on deck helping?

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    Ace Gambit
    Ace Gambit

    Reply 2 years ago

    Ah... I see what you did there ;)

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    BLASTFEMI
    BLASTFEMI

    4 years ago

    I love your candle! The beeswax is beautiful! It's one of my favorites to work with!

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    bravoechonovember1
    bravoechonovember1

    Reply 4 years ago

    thank you!

    I like it too but it is so hard to get out of the hive!

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    bravoechonovember1
    bravoechonovember1

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thanks! And thanks for the vote!

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    themattar
    themattar

    4 years ago

    ...So its a err...HANdle ?

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    thuzil
    thuzil

    4 years ago

    Can you say creeeeppyyy!

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    NickO9
    NickO9

    4 years ago on Introduction

    You could try this: make 5 thin normal candles with wicks and put them in the fingers first then pour the wax in around these...

    Nice! Do you think it would be possible to poke tiny holes (using a needle or something) in the top of the fingers of the glove to insert the wicks, and pour the wax afterwards? If it would work it'd save the trouble of drilling.

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    bravoechonovember1
    bravoechonovember1

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    thanks for your suggestion! I thought about that but it would be too hard to keep the wicks in the middle of the fingers