Beeswax - Local Melbourne Rolled Candle
Beeswax from our local Melbourne Bees
Size: 10 x 8cm had rolled, dipped beeswax wick with printed belly band.
Burn Time: 45+ hours approx
When we extract honey, we cut off the wax caps from each honeycomb cell with an uncapping knife. Its colour varies from nearly white but most often a shade of golden yellow. We simply drain, melt it and filter it with cloth. The wax is taken to an extruder and we swap wax blocks in exchange for sheets of our own beeswax pressed into foundation sheets. These foundations are used in our hives as well as to make candles out of.
Beekeepers have made candles for centuries, you'll find in lots of books on all the various methods including the use of foundation sheets. They make great pillar candles, so we thought we'd share.
Burning your candle
Remove the belly band label and place on heat and flame resistant holder, keep your candle away from drafts or winds - you'll get even and maximum burn time that way, Trim wick to approx 6-7mm before each burn.
A little about Beeswax
The wax is formed by worker bees, which secrete it from eight wax-producing mirror glands on the inner sides of their abdominal segments. Honey bees use the beeswax to build honeycomb cells in which their young are raised with honey and pollen cells being capped for storage. To produce their wax, bees must consume 4kg of honey to make 450g of beeswax. It's pretty special!
There are many uses for Beeswax from cosmetics to craft, candles and furniture polish.. the list goes on.