31 January 2009

Long time ago, Ancient Egyptians use beeswax as preservative. But, beeswax usage in Candle began in Middle Ages and for The Romans used beeswax to make coins to pay their taxes.

Before Beeswax

Before the entrance of beeswax in candle making, tallow or fat rendered from butchered animals was used. These candles provided light but were dirty, offensive in smell and filled the room with smoke.

Advantages of Beeswax

Soon after beeswax came on, they were readily accepted.
  • Smoke-free
  • Long-burning
  • Had a pleasant honey aroma
  • Didn’t drip
  • Non-toxic
Disadvantage of Beeswax
  • Expensive
  • Common man couldn’t afford them, unless they were a beekeeper.
Where does Beeswax Made From?

Beeswax is only produced by the honeybee, as a by-product of ingesting flower nectar and pollen. It is used in the hive as food for the young honeybee. Beeswax is a renewable resource.

Beeswax candles are used today for the same reasons as used in the 14th century. You can purchase them from gift shops, home furnishing stores, candle-makers, online or in retail stores. They come in tapers, votives, aromatherapy, body massage candles and even in pillars. You can purchase a traditional beeswax candle that has the characteristic six-sided honeycomb structure and is coarse to touch, or with modern methods a smooth molded beeswax candle can be produced. Soy pillar candles need an additive wax in order to hold their shape. Beeswax is a good source, since it is also non-toxic.

How to make Beeswax candle?

You can make these candles at home by purchasing thin sheets of beeswax.
  1. Put a wick down on the edge of a sheet of beeswax and rolling it up.
  2. Add layers to your desired candle width.
  3. In the 20th century beeswax candles also began to be made by the dripping technique. Innovations as the development of silicone used to release the beeswax from the mold have created newer ways to make beeswax candles.

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