The History of Bees Wax:
Eat your own fish
And don’t poke your nose
Into my little dish!
The original candle wax, beeswax has been a part of candle making for as long as wax candles themselves have been made. (I'm not counting the rushes dipped in tallow as "wax" candles.) The ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks and Persians all had many uses for beeswax - dolls, death masks, sculptures, writing pads, as a painting medium, and of course, as candles. Beeswax has been found in ancient tombs, deep underwater in shipwrecks - nearly as good as the day it was made.
Where Does it Come From:
What Kind of Candles Does it Make?:
One of the most common ways that beginning candlemakers make candles out of beeswax is in pre-made sheets. These sheets are rolled out and often stamped with a honeycomb pattern. It's easy to just lay a wick on a piece of the beeswax sheet and roll it up to make an instant candle.
How It's Generally Packaged or Sold:
- In solid blocks or bricks - usually 1-2 pounds - almost like a big brick of butter
- In "pastilles" or pellets - basically the same wax as the block...just in tiny pellet form
- In the pre-made, pre-rolled sheets - generally 8" x 16"