January 30, 2012

When I took my beekeeping course two years ago there were a few beekeepers on hand to show us treasures from the hive. One man and his young daughter had a tiny beehive candle that I fell in love with. I asked if they sold the mold, which they did not, but they said I could purchase one from a bee supply company and make my own once my bees started giving me some wax to use.
Well, I've waited ever so patiently for my honeybees to create a surplus of honey and beeswax for me to take but we've gone another year without any extras. Am I sad? Not really. Our bees know what they are doing and why they do it so I just have to make do with other people's extras :D

The other day I drove over to Natures Nectar, our honeybee supplier, and picked up 4.5 lbs of beeswax to make candles with. There is nothing better than beeswax straight from the hive, except, of course, HONEY! Beeswax from a local beekeeper is the best! I have to keep my kids from pawing all over it, wanting just one last sniff because it smells so amazing!

Here is our lovely slab of beeswax:

But... beeswax in slab form doesn't do me any good when I'm about to make candles so I had to break it into chunks.

Once the beeswax was cut up I had to get my mold ready. I purchased this cute little beehive mold from Mann Lake, the same company we buy most of our bee equipment from.

I heated up the wonderful beeswax in a double boiler.

Poured them into molds.

and what did I produce?

The cutest little beehive candle ever :D

Now for the giveaway. I've not been the best "blog giveaway" person but all of that is about to change. I'd like to start 2012 off right by sending one of these cute candles to someone in the blogosphere to say THANK YOU for reading my blog. The only thing you have to do to qualify is post in the comment section on why the survival of the honeybee is important to you.

The winner will be determined by random number generator (online) and announced on this blog February 10 :)
carmenpaigee said...

The honey bee is very important as is every other species. Everything changes if something goes extinct.

Unknown said...

Pollination; food diversity; food production; insect population balance. . . stawberries and honey :)

Unknown said...

What has been said in the 90ties, about "if the Honey Bee disappears the Homo Sapiens will have only 4 more years to live" is an exaggeration. But what is true is that the honeybee contributes to the growth of our crops. And that kind of animal pollinated crops are more and more in demand. In short: without honeybees = less food! And also, the honey they produce is a lot used in cosmetics and medicine.

SoapSudsations said...

I'm not going to enter this contest because I'll never be able to burn such a cute candle. :)

Teresa Robeson said...

I'm with Monica: I couldn't burn this either, it's so adorable!

Your other commenters have great points about why honeybees are important. I cherish all our other pollinators too, not just honeybees, but honeybees, of course, give us that little bit extra: honey and wax and edible pollen. :)

Carrie Garvin said...

Adorable---AND yes the cutest darn beehive candle I've ever seen!

Thank you for all the awareness of the "how' important the honey bee is to our lives....