So, you have some wax left over from the summer harvest! Congratulations! It may not be much, but you want to use everything you harvest from the hive because you know how hard those bees worked to make it and how patient you were in watching them build it! So, here are some resources to help you on your way to:
– Cleaning your wax in a safe way
– Easily making candles
– Where to purchase your equipment for the job
Cleaning your beeswax. So, raw beeswax from the beehive not only has the casings from the developing brood nest, but also dead bees, brood, honey and pollen in it. Looking at the mass of wax, it can be hard to believe that you can have pure and clean beeswax within the day. Attached is my handout from my Wax rendering and such Wax Rendering Workshop. You can have a look at that for some information or to print out and put in your books.
Check out the Fat Beeman video 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VbXcmh46vc
NOTICE: Use a double boiler! Wax doesn’t boil, it will burst in to flame. Also, if you heat the wax too hot, it will brown.
– Whatever you use for wax rendering, you WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE IT FOR ANYTHING ELSE!
FatBeeman Video 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFJPXszRw8M
– You don’t have to grease your bucket, you can put in 6-8 cups of water in the bottom of your bucket to ensure that the wax comes out.
Skep beekeeping and Wax rendering video- VERY COOL, but more infrastructure needed to do what they do.
Candle making: Here is a video of a candle maker in Minnesota describing how candles of different type are made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFump97jfo0
– MAKE NOTE of the wick preparation
This is a more step by step video on candle making: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8OOoqZKJUY
And, just because this is such a cool video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyK2Uud8Bts
Buckets: any commercial restaurant or supply house. New at paint stores or home depot with lids.
Strainers: Thrift stores or new at any store that sells kitchen equipment
Double boilers: Same as above
Candle making supplies: Soap n’ More. Calgary. http://www.soapandmore.com/cart/pages.php?pageid=37
I hope this helps you out!