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Beeswax Candles

Page history last edited by Jane McManus 2 years, 3 months ago

Libraries can be more than books. Some kids just need a little direction to get the creative juices flowing. I've gleaned  the following from contributors to PUBYAC. See the archives, if you're a member, for Beeswax Candles, 6-26-2010.  If you've held a program, let us know of YOUR success, or what you would advise for your colleagues. 


Rolled candles are the easiest. You can buy sheets of wax and wick from beekeeping supply houses for a fraction of the price sold in craft stores.

 

AGES: 3+

 

SUPPLIES: Rolled candles are the easiest. You can buy sheets of wax and wick from beekeeping supply houses for a fraction of the price sold in craft stores. 

     Walter T. Kelley (KY) - $10 for 10 sheets   

     Dadant (numerous locations) - $12 for 10 sheets - 

     Betterbee (NY) - $14.50 for 10 sheets  

I've experimented with different wick and prefer #2 wicks. (When I'm working with kids I don't prime the wicks.)

 

You can buy a few sheets of colored wax (more expensive) to decorate the natural colored candles. Cut the sheets in smaller pieces to avoid waste. Let the kids decorate their candles by using the warmth of their hands to attach the colored wax. I’ve seen kids make spirals, polka dots, flowers and designs. They are beautiful and useful.

 

You can use a knife or a pizza cutter to cut the wax.

 

FYI: The natural wax sheets are used by beekeepers to give the bees a head start in building straight comb.

 

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