In an earlier post I shared my beeswax candlemaking experience. I went by a receipe that called for 1.5 pounds of beeswax to 1 cup of coconut oil. Sounded good, wouldn't melt as hot as pure beeswax and was for beginners. I didn't realize at the time that there were different wicks for different waxes and different size candles! I had already ordered some #2 all cotton wicks so I was going to wing it!
I put this off as long as possible, I guess out of fear! I was having too much fun with my soaps anyway. Well, two out of 4 candles cracked in the wax. I'm still not sure why? I tried looking up what I could do to salvage the two with the crack in the wax. Didn't find much help. I stumbled across another website that makes beautiful pure beeswax candles: http://www.quietlightcandles.com/
The Mother Superior sent me an email in reply to one I had sent that I would endorse their website for beeswax candles since I wasn't having much luck at it! She was very sweet and must have prayed for me and my sick candles as I lit one last night (one that did not crack!) and it stayed lit for 3 hrs until I blew it out and burned beautifully!
I thought that first of all I need to look into the exact size and type of wick I need to use if I want to do this again! The one I used which was 100% cotton, kind of limped over when lit? I made sure I lit it from the base so that it would draw wax up it, but that didnt seem to matter. Oh well the candle stayed lit after playing with the wick a little bit with the end of a pencil. I was afraid that the wax was beginning to "tunnel" after about an hour, so I made a little chimney out of aluminum foil to block out any drafts and get the wax to melt across the base. It worked which made me happy! I let it burn for a total of 3 hours before blowing it out as seen in the last picture. Tonight I am going to try lighting one of the cracked wax ones, and see what happens? I guess I have nothing to lose at this point!! Please see the original post for the exact ingredients for my beeswax candles.
So I decided to light one of the candles that cracked to see what would happen.