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First, decide how thick you would like your beeswax honeycombs to be. Mine are around a ¼ inch thick, but I I’m using a small jar so you may want to consider going a little thicker if your jar is quite wide. You can melt the beeswax in a double boiler or make up a water bath. For a water bath, Place the wax into a heatproof container (stainless steel or pyrex jug) and place it into a saucepan containing a few inches of simmering water on a moderate heat. Until the wax has melted.
Whilst the wax is melting, line the bottom of a loaf tin with bubble wrap. Alternatively you could lay a piece of bubble wrap onto a cookie sheet. Cut a second piece of wrap around the same size of the first , ready for later.
As the wax melts, you can add a small amount of yellow or light brown coloring and a few drops of honey fragrance oil. This is optional and may depend on the shade of the beeswax that you are using.
When you are happy with the wax, pour it into the prepared loaf tin, then place the second piece of bubble wrap on top.
Allow the wax to harden for a little while, but you need to cut it before it gets too hard so keep checking it.
Whilst it’s still warm and flexible, cut the beeswax honeycomb into squares that will fit into your decorative jar.
Melting The Gel Wax
Next, we need to figure out how much gel wax we'll be using. To get an idea of how much, chop the gel wax into smallish chunks and push it into the jar that you will be using for the finished candle. You will need push it down tightly, and add a bit extra to compensate for air pockets.
Put the wax into a heatproof container and place it into the oven at 225f (107c), it will take around an hour to melt. If you are using solid wax coloring then this will need to be added as the gel wax is melting. Liquid candle coloring is much easier to use and can be added once the wax has fully melted. I’m using yellow mixed with a little red. Although you will need to stir the color into the wax, this needs to be done slowly and carefully to avoid creating bubbles.
Constructing The Honey Candle
Whilst the gel wax is melting you can prepare the candle jar. Stick the wick to the bottom of the jar with a hot glue gun or a little super glue. Place two honeycombe squares into the jar, one on each side of the wick. This will help keep the wick central.
Once the gel wax has melted, and the colors are dissolved and disbersed you can add a few drops of fragrance oil to it.
Now it’s time to pour the gel wax into the jar; it’s important to pour the wax as soon as you can once it’s been removed from the heat. If it looks like it's begun to cool and thicken before you get a chance to pour it, then pop it back in the stove and let it re heat. Pour the gel wax into the candle jar using one continuous pour, don’t try to stop and start and keep as close to the jar side as possible. This will help to limit the amount of bubbles in the finished candle.
Secure the wick by bending it over a bamboo stick or pencil, and set your finished honey candle aside until hardened.