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A NATIONAL HONEY SHOW (NHS) PUBLICATION No.2
BEESWAX CANDLES FOR SHOW
Morna Stoakley – revised and updated
There is nothing to compare with the soft glowing light from a candle. When it is enhanced by the delicate perfume of beeswax and honey you have perfection. Making candles for the show bench is a two-fold operation. Exhibitors are required to produce a beautiful piece of beeswax as well as a candle that, to give a good light, must burn correctly. The candle will be judged on both these counts and must excel in both in order to gain a place.
The first thing a candle judge will do is assess the wax used so the beeswax must be prepared to the same standard as for showing in the beeswax classes. The amount of wax which needs to be prepared at one time will depend on the type of candle to be made. Moulded candles do not need a very large supply, but the making of dipped candles needs a considerable reservoir of melted wax. Careful straining is not only needed for ‘show’ – if there are impurities in the wax they will cause the candle to splutter and flare. Experienced exhibitors have their own preferences for straining material. I usually find four thicknesses