Eric’s Beeswax Candle Making Workshop

Eric’s Beeswax Candle Making Workshop

A few weekends ago, I went to a workshop held by an expert candle maker in my bee club, Eric Josephson.  Eric has won awards at various honey shows for his incredible candles including Best in Show at Topsfield Fair, Best in Show at Mass Beekeepers, Most Points In Wax at Topsfield Fair, as well as numerous First Place finishes and more.  In addition to using standard molds, Eric makes his own molds for many of his beeswax candles and they are just beautiful!

Some of the candles I made at the workshop. Eric made the trees to demonstrate how to get a two toned color on a candle.

Eric has a complete candle making workshop in his basement which makes pouring beeswax candles very convenient (Aren’t you jealous?).  After giving us a brief tutorial, he generously let us have free range over his workshop.  This was amazing because each of us got to try out any mold or candle making technique we wanted.  A few of us even brought our own molds to test out.   We all spent the day pouring beeswax candles with bee buddies and getting tips from Eric the expert candle maker.

Eric showed us how to dye beeswax to make colored candles. Photo by Joyce Maher.

Eric showed us different contraptions to melt and filter the wax and how to make them. Then he explained how to use several types of candle molds and how to pour them correctly.  We even got to try our hand at dipping candles. 

Here are a few of the candles I made. The pine cone candles are beautiful but can be hard to unmold. The log candle is from a mold which Eric made from another candle. Photo by Joyce Maher.

He then showed us how to dye beeswax different colors to make colored candles and briefly explained how to make our own candle molds.  Later Eric went over how to make and finish candles for competition and how to package them for sale.  In the photo below, Joyce Maher is weighing the candles she made to see how much beeswax she used.  I love the three wise monkeys -see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

Joyce made these candles. Here she is weighing them to find out the total amount of beeswax she used. Photo by Joyce Maher.

Fruit in different colors was a popular candle to make that day.  We all learned a great deal and had fun acquiring new candle making skills.

Some more candles we made at the workshop. The fruit in different colors was a popular candle to make. Photo by Joyce Maher

Thanks Eric for sharing your wisdom and opening up your home to teach us the tricks of the trade!  You may have some new competition at the honey shows this year!

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Author: Anita Deeley

Anita Deeley is a biologist and former state bee inspector who maintains 100 honey bee hives. She is the beekeeper, writer, owner and creator of BeverlyBees.com. When she is not spending time with her girls (the bees), she enjoys being a wife to her beekeeping cohort, Brian and mother to 3 little boys (the beekeepers in training). Read more about Anita here >> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Connect with Anita on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ or Facebook here.

3 Comments

  1. That is cool. I especially liked those asparagus. Ah, you know how these chefs are…

    • Everyone at the class liked that one too. If there was more than one mold I think we may have all come home with it. The asparagus dyed green is one of the best selling candles in the spring.

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