Thursday, April 9, 2009

Eggy Crafts #2 ~ Beeswax candles in egg shells

I was reminded of beeswax candles in egg shells by Over the Crescent Moon. I haven't made these without help before, so this was new. The process was much more simple than I remembered... but there were quite a few tricks to it that I learned today.

Blow out eggs. Wash them out with water, and allow them to dry for at least 24 hours in the sun to prevent any bacteria from staying in side the shell.

Use a double boiler to melt the beeswax.

(I have to find a trick to get the wax out of my measuring cup next.)

Carefully place a wick in each egg. It doesn't really matter if they stay up strait. The wax helps with that once it is in the egg shell.


Once the beeswax is melted, using something you can throw away (in our case, cardstock and tape) make a funnel.

Put the funnel in the egg shell next to the wick and pour a VERY small amount of wax in the bottom of the egg to close up the hole. Let that cool for at least an hour so it is good and hard before you pour the rest of the wax in (we did a botany lesson and then came back to it).


Fill the eggs carefully with the melted wax and move the wick to the spot you think would work best. Use the hole in the egg as a guide if you need to. The wick should have a bit of wax on it by this time to help it stick.

Allow to cool naturally. If you put them in the fridge, they will crack (ask me how I know). When you are done, you should be able to peel the egg shell away rather easily, and you have an egg shapped beezwax candle!


17 comments:

Sarah said...

beautiful! I wish I had some beeswax now! Actually I wish I had eggs too....all year we've had like 17 dozen in the fridge....now we have no extra to make our sales this week! Especially since I never think while I am cooking to blow the eggs....I just crack and go...

Anyway, I love your egg shell crafts.

Val in the Rose Garden said...

You sold all your eggs this week!!?!! I guess that shouldn't surprise me the week before Easter. lol!

I hope you are having a great weekend Sadie!

Val

Sarah said...

Actually we've been selling them....the girls are down in production since some have molted and the cold weather....we get an avg of 15 a day. We eat about 2 doz a week and sell a minimum of 5 doz a week....sometimes 7 or more....we are trying to get one to go broody so we can hatch out some more. I don't want to deal with an incubator, but I'd love more chicks...

Unknown said...

Those turned out great! We have done traditional candle dipping with beeswax, but we haven't ventured into alternative shapes!

sarah in the woods said...

These are beautiful! I'd love to try it.

Ariella said...

I love these! Thank you so much for the inspiration. This has been one of our favorite projects ever, thanks to you! I posted some photos on my blog-- http://childhoodmagic.blogspot.com/

SF said...

Hi! I have really enjoyed your blog lately - I'm not sure if I've left a comment before, so hello!!

I am going to make these egg candles with my children on Monday, very exciting! Just wondering - did you figure out a way to get the wax out of the jug?

Saminda xo

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Hi Saminda! Yes, we did get it out of there. I stuck it in the freezer. Soon after, a wonderful thrifting friend found me a double boiler that I dedicated to wax and we have been using that for the last year.

We plan on making these again soon.

Have a fantastic day!

Val

SF said...

Thanks Val, I'll use the freezer trick if need be! We blew our eggs today and will be making the candles tomorrow. Very exciting!! xo

Unknown said...

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Unknown said...

Thank you for a great idea. You can add colour to the beeswax too and make quarter candles.

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