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    Embarrassed Beeswax container candles

    Hi. I am new to candle making. I would like to make beeswax candles. I like container candles because I don't own any molds. I did a google search of Beeswax candles. I have found instructions on making beeswax container candles with mason jars. I have also found post on different sites that say never use beeswax in containers.

    Okay so I am turning to those of you with way more experience than me. Is it okay to make container candles with beeswax. I figure if I use wick 1 or 1,0 on a 3 inch container. What do you all think. Also if you could suggest good books or sites to learn from I would really appreciate.

    Thanks
    Sandra

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    Default Re: Beeswax container candles

    In a related question: what size wick for these jars?:



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    Default Re: Beeswax container candles

    Welcome to Beesource!


    Quote Originally Posted by slturner55555 View Post
    I have also found post on different sites that say never use beeswax in containers.
    According to this thread, if you use widemouth mason jars, once the beeswax cools and shrinks, the candle will slide out of the jar.

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    Default Re: Beeswax container candles

    I dont think OD wants it to slide out.
    I am not an expert on candles but if I make large candles I use the sizeing stuff thea Mannlake has in the candle section.

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    Default Re: Beeswax container candles

    Lots of stuff to address here.

    Although I have made beeswax candles in canning jelly jars, they are not my favorite in how they burn. Any glass jar must be able to take the heat. The jar that Ollie has seems to be thin glass and may not be good. My suggestions is to use a canning jar that is very short like the ones for jelly and with a wide mouth.

    Why? Because a beeswax candle needs oxygen and air flow is different in a jar. Also, the jar tends to get very hot. Beeswax burns much hotter than paraffin. This is due to the beeswax and the thicker wick required.

    There are jelly jars with STRAIGHT sides (no shoulders) that I have been able to pour extra beeswax into. I am able to pop out the wax plug easily. This can also be done with votive glass. The bottoms of jars are not very level and that would have to be addressed.


    Ollie, have you ever made candles in those jars?

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    Default Re: Beeswax container candles

    I have been making candles as a side hobby for over 20 years. The container that odfrank pictured, though thin walled, is one that I have used in the past, although with soy wax. I haven't really experimented with beeswax and containers, as I usually use the beeswax to make votive candles.

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    Default Re: Beeswax container candles

    Quote Originally Posted by Bee Bliss View Post
    The jar that Ollie has seems to be thin glass and may not be good. Ollie, have you ever made candles in those jars?
    No, have not, thanks for the warning. A client bought 15 cases to put honey in and then decided they were inappropriate for honey, so I got them for free. I will make some experimental ones before going into mass production. They are very thin glass, but wide. Just trying to re-purpose them. Do I have to heat them before filling with hot wax?

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    Default Re: Beeswax container candles

    Thanks everyone. I have containers like odfrank showed. After reading post, I will just used those for soy candles and mason jars for beeswax. Thanks again.
    Sandra

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