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What could be easier than rolling wax around a wick? This is the simplest form of candle making but can become very elaborate in design. Beeswax Craft Sheets come in a variety of different colors that can be mixed and layered to give each candle a unique visual appeal as it is burned. Layer red and green craft sheets for the holiday season; cut and mold the eggplant craft sheets to make a flower at the base of an ivory candle; use a cookie cutter to cut out different shapes to wrap around your candles or layer them up to make candles; there are many different variations that can be made with craftsheets. Rolling beeswax craft sheets into candles is not only fun but can be profitable. They make wonderful gifts and are beautiful to burn.

The temperament of beeswax is very dependent upon the temperature of the area you are working in. In warm areas the beeswax will be soft, flexible and easy to tear while in colder areas it becomes hard, brittle and easy to break.

- Work the wax sheets at room temperature. Use a hair dryer on low heat if you seek more flexibility with the wax sheets.
- 2/0 Square Braid Wicking is the standard size wick used for rolled candles. The size of the wick will determine how fast the flame will burn.
- The top of the wick outside the candle needs to be coated in wax. Melt a small piece of wax to run your wick through if it is not pre-coated.

    Here is the basic method to rolling beeswax candles:

  • 1.    Cut the sheet of wax to the length or thickness of the candle you desire. If you prefer a long candle, begin rolling along the longer edge or use the shorter edge for smaller, thicker candles. Cut the wick to overhang on each end 1” (coat end of wick with wax if not pre-coated).

  • 2.    Place the wax sheet on a flat table, letting it overhang 1/8”. Bend the sheet down. Place the wick into the crevice and press wax firmly together to enclose the wick. Roll the wax sheet against the flat surface, keeping it even and tight. If you find that the heat from your hands is softening the wax, insert a piece of wax paper between your fingers and the wax sheet. Do not roll wax paper into your candle.
    If you choose to add an additional sheet to your rolled candle, align the sheet with your current roll and give the sheets a few presses to join them together. Continue rolling.

  • 3.    To seal the edges once it has been completely rolled press the edges of the wax sheet into the candle with a sharp object (fingernail typically works). Soften with a hair dryer if necessary. Once rolling is complete choose the least appealing end and trim the wick flush with the candle. Trim the opposite end to 1/2”, light your candle and enjoy the beautiful light.
    Be Creative. Use different colored wax sheets and cut out shapes to press into your candle, wrap bands around your candle, sprinkle glitter, or give it an awesome base.