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Creating Lavender Infused Beeswax Candles

Class Description

Follow along with candlemaker and illustrator Michelle Schofield of Bearcat. as she shows her steps to creating lavender infused beeswax candles. Once you know these steps you can start experimenting with different scents and dosages to create your own set of candles!

She will walk you through the whole process from waxes and wicks to melting it down and pouring to create a perfect candle to add into your home.

Enjoy!

Class Outline (Updated!)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yBFe-kktr0ASy5gI-eyDaIV-twH3U3FeQ51Gu85YUmQ/edit?usp=sharing

Project Introduction Video (test)

https://vimeo.com/191579608

Project Description

Create your own lavender infused beeswax candle!

Once you have watched all the videos, creating your candle will be a breeze.

Supplies and Materials

  • Beeswax (Roughly 500g/17 oz for a jar candle)
  • Cotton wick
  • Jar
  • Lavender flowers or essential oil
  • Skewers
  • Wax Paper
  • Double boiler (or a pot and a metal mixing bowl on top) 
  • Small colander (not needed if you're using essential oil)
  • Glue
  • Scissors

optional

  • Wick tab
  • Candy thermometer
  • Pliers 

Step 1:

Start getting your cotton wick ready by cutting a piece off that is a bit longer than the length of the jar you are using. Remember you're going to want to be able to tie the wick around a skewer. Glue one end of the wick to the bottom of the jar, as centre as possible. If you are using a wick tab, thread wick through the tab, pinch the top with pliars so the wick won't fall out, and glue to the bottom centre of the jar. Let dry, and then tie the other end to the skewer so it sits on top of the jar.

Step 2:

Add water to your double boiler and turn the heat up so it can boil. Add wax to the top pot or mixing bowl, turn the temperature down to low-medium heat, and definitely don't leave the room if you are melting the wax, you want to keep an eye on it! If you have a candy thermometer, don't let wax go above 150 Fahrenheit. 

Step 3:

While the beeswax is melting, measure out roughly a tablespoon or two (depending how strong of a fragrance you want) of lavender flowers. Add it into the beeswax, stirring constantly with a skewer. If you are using essential oil, use 2-4 drops into the wax and stir with skewer.

Step 4:

Have your jar sitting on wax paper nearby your melting wax. If you are using lavender flowers, be careful and hold the colander above the jar and slowly pour wax into the colander not letting it overflow. Let the wax stream into the jar via the colander. If you used essential oil instead, you can just pour the wax right into the candle on the side of the jar. Try not to pour the wax directly onto the wick/skewer, but if you do it is no biggie!

Step 5:

Let your candle harden completely before moving candle or untying wick from skewer. Once cool you can cut the wick to 1/8th of an inch.

Remember to wait 24 hours before showing off and lighting your candle! 

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