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Mini Blossom Rolled Beeswax Square Candle

Posted: March 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: beeswax, candlemaking tutorials, useful tips | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Inspired by cherry blossoms, this dainty candle reminds me of something proper and ladylike. Contrasting and matching colors make this project a fun way to explore decorative combinations through beeswax sheets, ribbons, and beads.


MATERIALS

• 1/8-inch wide ribbon: 12 inches long
• 1/3-inch wide ribbon: 12 inches long
• Dressmaker’s pin
• Flower metal spacer bead
• Natural or light-colored honeycomb textured beeswax sheet: 8 x 16 inches
• Pink honeycomb textured beeswax sheet: 8 x 16 inches
Primed wick (for candles 1 to 2 inches): 4 inches long
• White Indian-style bead: large

TOOLS

• Baking pan
• Craft knife
• Cutting mat
• Double boiler
• Plastic wrap
• Pliers
• Ruler
• Scissors
• Small metal flower cookie cutter

INSTRUCTIONS

to make the square candle

  1. Measure the short end of the natural beeswax sheet and mark into thirds. Using the craft knife and ruler, cut the beeswax into three long strips.
  2. Lay the wick along the short edge of one of the strips.
  3. Start rolling the candle by curling the edge of the beeswax over the wick. Continue rolling the wax tightly until the wax is about ½ inch in diameter.
  4. Begin to press down instead of rolling. Turn the candle 90 degrees, pressing down again. Repeat for all four sides. You should begin forming the general shape of a square.
  5. Continue the turn-and-press pattern, attaching the additional two strips of beeswax sheets to where the one before left off.
  6. When all three strips have been used, press the end firmly into the candle to secure in place.
  7. Heat the baking pan in the oven until hot. Remove from oven and place on heat-resistant surface. Press the top of the candle down into the baking pan to create an even top. Lift the wick up, as it probably has been pressed into the candle. Trim the wick to ¼ inch

to make the decorative cutout

  1. Lay the plastic wrap over the baking tray, smoothing out as many air bubbles as possible and covering the edges completely.
  2. Heat the pink beeswax sheets in the double boiler until completely melted.
  3. Pour molten beeswax into the baking tray, less than 1/8-inch thick. Move the tray around to ensure even coverage.
  4. Once completely cooled, lift the plastic wrap by a corner and remove from the baking tray. Peel the plastic wrap off the beeswax sheet and discard.
  5. Place the sheet on the cutting mat and press the cookie cutter down firmly to create a clean cut.
  6. Remove the beeswax flower cutout from cookie cutter.

to decorate the candle

  1. Wrap the wider ribbon around the candle and tie a knot two-thirds down and to the side.
  2. Using the thinner ribbon, tie a bow over the previous knot, keeping the ribbons centered within each other around the diameter of the candle.
  3. Insert the dressmaker’s pin through the white bead, metal spacer bead, and then the beeswax flower cutout.
  4. Using the pliers, trim the pin to approximately ¾ inch.
  5. Insert the pin through the bow and knot on the candle, pressing tightly to secure in place.
  6. Trim any excess ribbon to desired length.

Have fun with this project! How did it work out for you? Leave me a comment below!


One Comment on “Mini Blossom Rolled Beeswax Square Candle”

  1. 1 Jim M. said at 1:40 pm on May 31st, 2010:

    Really decent post… I love it. Keep ‘em coming… :)


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