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#1 of 4 Old 05-09-2003, 03:07 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone make their own candles?

I'd like to make some beeswax candles. I don't want to make the kind that is rolled from honeycomb sheets. I want to pour them into jars or molds.

I have made hand-dipped ones as a child at my Waldorf school, but I have no idea whether they added anything to the beeswax before they melted it. And I don't know if there is anything I need to do differently if I pour them.

I was thinking what I would really like to do right now is make some with citronella. The citronella candles I have found are all paraffin, and I would really like some beeswax ones.

I am also hoping that making beeswax candles myself will work out to be less expensive than buying them pre-made.

Can anyone tell me how to do this or recommend any websites or books to recommend on this? I did a search but I am only coming up with instructions for rolling them.
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I can't remember the specifics - it was before babies! but I made candles once by pouring the melted wax into sea shells. I'm sure that would make beautiful citronella candles.
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a good site for candlemaking stuff is www.bittercreek.com

they have citronella oil you can just add to the wax.

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Thank you both of you. Someone gave me some citronella candles so I don't have the urgency to make them, but I am still planning on making candles.
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