How to Prepare Beeswax

Beeswax is a natural wax produced by bees that has been used to create candles for hundreds of years. If you are interested in creating handmade beeswax candles, just like the ancients used to, it is necessary to prepare the beeswax before you pour the wax into molds or dip candle wicks into the melted beeswax. Once the beeswax is ready, it can be used to make beautiful candles that can be used instead of electric lighting or given away as gifts to family members or friends.

Things You'll Need

  • Large coffee can

  • 2 lbs. beeswax

  • Pot

  • Spoon

  • Empty tin can

Step 1

Place 2 lbs. of beeswax into a large, empty coffee can. You can use broken chunks of beeswax or beeswax pellets.

Step 2

Fill a pot halfway up with water.

Step 3

Place the beeswax-filled coffee can into the water-filled pot.

Step 4

Heat the pot over medium heat until the beeswax melts completely.

Step 5

Continue heating the beeswax for 10 to 15 minutes, which will cause impurities to rise to the surface.

Step 6

Scoop the impurities off of the surface using a spoon.

Step 7

Empty the impurities into an empty tin can.

Step 8

Watch over the beeswax, scooping off impurities until you no longer see any black or brown specs.

Step 9

Discard the impure wax.

Step 10

Use your purified wax for your craft creations.

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