The kids have been asking to make hand-dipped beeswax candles for a while and since we've done the hand-rolled candles a few times, this was the next logical step in candlemaking for them. We used about 2/3 lb of beeswax from a local beekeeper who works with Paul. We started out by melting the beeswax in a tin can set inside a pot of almost boiling water.
Once our beeswax was completely melted, we dipped our skinny cotton wicks, then straightened them out to ensure nice straight candles.
Then we each took turns dipping for 2 seconds.
After dipping in the hot wax, we'd take a quick dip in cool water to make sure our wax wouldn't melt back off with the next dip.
One last dip...
Then we laid them on labeled wax paper to harden completely.
With the rest of the wax, I decided to put a wick down into the tin can (because aren't tin can candles just lovely?!) In retrospect, dipping into a mason jar probably made more sense and definitely would have been prettier to watch burning. Either way, it smelled absolutely heavenly in our house today with all the melted beeswax!