I am two thirds of the way through decanting all the honey from the empty hives. Now I really have an awful of wax. I thought that on Thursday the home schooled children and I can make candles. We have such a busy week ahead.
But before we even think of making candles we need to heat and strain the wax, and make the candle wicks. I will do the wax today on the woodstove. I have a special pot for cooking down wax. Yesterday I started the wicks.
We are going to make dipped candles. So I cut pure cotton strings to lengths for two candles, plus extra for either end. These were folded and covered in a borax and salt solution. They will soak for two days.
Here is the Candle Wick Soaking Solution
- 4tbsp borax
- 2 tablespoons salt
- cup and half hot water
At the end of the second day hang the strings to dry. Either in the sun, or for me, above the fire in the loft. Dry for a further two or three days. The string has to be absolutely dry.
The morning that we make the candles I will show you how to attach each wick to the holders and thinly coat in wax then thoroughly dry again for the final curing. Then we will be ready for the Candle Making.
But today we are going to get Charlotte ready for her ride to the Swine herd’s place tomorrow. Do you think she may need a manicure and maybe a wee facial. I shall ask her. She is very good at walking into the trailer for her feed. Though Sheila has already decided that she would rather eat in her usual spot. So separating them tomorrow will be not be a problem at all.
The wind is howling a gale outside. Time to get to work. There is a fair amount to do. We are getting short of wood for the fire so we are off on a scavenge through the hedge apple hedge on the big farm. There is always dry wood hanging about in there. I wish there were bales of dry hay hanging about in there too. It is going to be a close thing.
Have a lovely day.