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Beeswax Tree Ornaments
By Bob Sherman
originally published this project in December 1998 after making these with
my son's Cub Scout den. Although not candles, they are made with candle making
supplies. Although this project uses this technique to make Christmas ornaments,
the same technique may be applied for any season or occasion and these make
nice wall hangings and sun catchers - if made properly they will hold up to
all but the most intense direct sunlight.
In this project I use only pure beeswax because I like the color and fragrance,
however you may scent and color these as desired.
Beeswax tends to "bloom" over time. This appears as a white film
or oxidation on the surface. I have often been asked about an additive to
prevent this, but I don't know of any. To refresh your ornaments, just use
a warm blow dryer to gently heat the surface. This will restore the shine
and the smell of natural beeswax.
PLEASE NOTE!! - This project requires working with hot wax
so all normal candle making safety rules apply. Candle making can be dangerous
if proper safety procedures are not followed. Please read these Safety
Rules before attempting any candle making projects.
This article assumes basic candle making skills. If you are new to candle
making, my Introduction To Candle
Making Online Course is free and will show you all the basics for working
with wax safely.
No formula - just pure beeswax.
Candle Making Supplies
The following candle making supplies were used to make this project. Clicking
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and ordering information.
Step By Step Instructions
|1. If your mold sits flat it may be placed on the work
surface. If the mold wobbles, then it must be supported. Photo shows
the mold supported in a tray of sand.
||2. Cut several lengths of wick - one for each ornament.
|3. Melt the wax in a double boiler. Check the temperature
before pouring. These must be poured at temperatures no hotter
than 160 degrees F. or you will destroy the mold. Loop a length
||4. Insert the wick into the mold as shown.
|5. Use a toothpick or other pointed instrument to adjust
the wick if necessary.
||6. Repeat for each mold cavity, then allow to cool.
|7. Once fully cooled, remove the ornaments from the mold.
||8. Trim the edge with a sharp knife if necessary.
|9. The arrow shows where the wick was inserted too soon
making it visible on the front of the ornament.
||10. Detail photo.
|11. Detail photo.
||12. The finished ornaments.
Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my
knowledge and common candle making practices as of the time of this writing
- November 2006. The author and the publisher accept no liability for the
use or misuse of any of the information presented in this article. This article
is presented for informational purposes and is used at your own risk.
Author: Bob Sherman
Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.
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