Have you heard of beeswax sheets? If you’re not a beekeeper, you may not even be aware that there is such a thing. But if you’re interested in making homemade candles, you’ll want to read on.
Sheets of beeswax are manufactured by melting the wax, filtering out impurities, and rolling the wax through a press. The resulting sheets are embossed with a honeycomb pattern, and for very good reason.
Beekeepers use these sheets in their bee hives. For this use the sheets are called foundation. The bees build honeycomb upon the foundation, following the pattern embossed into the sheets.
Using the foundation as, well, the ‘foundation’ of a honeycomb gives the comb extra strength. And it also helps assure that the bees build the comb straight and even so that the beekeeper will be able to easily remove it from the hive to harvest the honey.
No Easier Method of Making Candles…
Even if you’re not a beekeeper, you can put beeswax sheets to an entirely different use: making candles.
You just roll the sheet of beeswax around a wick, and violà – you have a homemade candle made of pure beeswax! Easy and fun!
Beekeepers, of course, use the wax only in its natural form for foundation. But for making candles, you can buy sheets in a rainbow’s array of different colors.
If you’re buying colored sheets, be aware that some (not all) retailers may sell colored sheets made of beeswax AND paraffin.
Might not be a big deal to you, but if you want pure beeswax, just be careful about what you buy.
(Most of the links on this page are to products that are 100% pure beeswax.)