1. Cover your work area with newspaper, old towels, or plastic.
  2. Grate the beeswax, or slice it into thin shavings. Place the wax in the can.
  3. Fill the bottom of the double boiler about half full with water. Bring water to a low boil over medium-low heat.
  4. Place the metal can in the double boiler and melt the wax slowly.
  5. Cut the wicking into 5-inch-long pieces.
  6. Coat the muffin tin with the vegetable-oil spray. Dot melted wax into each cup.

To keep candle wicks upright while making molded beeswax candles, drape the wicks over chopsticks laid across the mold-in this case, a muffin tin.

  1. Lay chopsticks across the muffin tins. Press the wicks into the soft wax, and drape the wicks over the chopsticks.
  2. Pour the wax into the cups slowly, filling 'A full. Allow to set for !0 minutes.
  3. Finish filling the muffin cups, sprinkling in the dried herbs and flowers little by little as you pour the wax.
  4. Allow the wax to harden. The candles will pull away from the pan the same way a cake does when it's ready.
  5. Pop the candles out onto a towel, and let them sit out tor at least 24 hours before using.
  6. Before burning the candles, trim the wicks to between 'A and % inch.

Yield: 12 herbal beeswax candles fancy Herbal-Scented "harries

When making your own candles, you can add excitement with the scents and colors of fragrant oils and herbs. For fragrance, you dont need to use the more expensive pure essential oi!s; fragrance oils and perfume work well. For natural color, use powdered alkanet root (red), powdered curry, saffron or turmeric (yellow), cinnamon or cosmetic red clay (reddish brown), powdered stinging nettle or parsley leaves (green), or paprika (orange).

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