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What you know about beeswax candles but might have forgotten

Handling the beeswax taper correctly
The beeswax taper is a long, thin, folded candle. If the beeswax taper gets old or cold, put it briefly into lukewarm water, so you can unwind and raise it up to the point the flame should burn. 10 cm burn 50 minutes on average. At first use remove 1.5 cm of wax from the wick. Place the beeswax taper in a bowl of water in a way the beeswax taper itself cannot get in touch with the burning candle - and light the wick.

Beeswax candles are not determined to outdoor burning without using an adequate windbreak. Air draught makes candles flow.

Thicker candles need more maintenance.
In case carbon black is accumulated at the tip of the wick, put the candle out, remove the carbon black and light it again. Contaminents in the liquid beeswax affect the burning process of the candle.

The room is overheated, so the candle has become soft
Even too soft for burning and therefore flows. Always keep candles at cool places.

The candle does not match the size of the candle holder, is too thick or too thin.
Dip the bottom of the candle into warm water or warm the candle somehow to body temperature. If the beeswax is plastic it can be adapted for convenience in the same direction as the beeswax sheets corresponding to the size of the candle holder.

Blowing them off
When beeswax candles are put out by blowing them off, the wick smoulders some time and might get too short for lighting it again. In order to prevent the wick from smouldering, use an appropriate device or your moistened fingers.

The candle is broken
Warm the candle over body temperature. Be careful that no water gets in touch with the point of break. Cut the wick of the broken candle and leave 1.5 cm of wick at the head of the lower part by shortening the candle without dammaging the wick. Now you have two candles. Or simply try to repair the candle by compressing the points of break and kneading the candle with caution. Please note that the point of break is not stable so be careful while burning the candle!

The candle has been stored correctly but is deformed.
Warm the candle like above and straighten it with feeling. Please note that the candle must also be lukewarm in its core!

The candle has a white film, the different colours are not visible anymore.
This is a good sign as you have a real beeswax candle. The greasy substance from the beeswax has come to the surface. Polish the candle with a soft cloth. Please note that the greasy substance also transports the colourants to the surface, so the cloth will take on colour!

Leftovers of beeswax
You have some leftovers of beeswax. Heat some water up to 40/50 ° Celcius by using the double-boiler method and heat the beeswax in a waterproof bin at the same temperature, e.g. a well sealed keep-fresh pack attached to a stone is a good option. Form the beeswax into a slim cylindric shape and cut a groove alongside the cylinder up to its centre and put an adequate wick into the groove. Please note that beeswax wicks are round wicks and have a head and a bottom! Add the part which has been cut out before into the groove fitting perfectly and knead it with the candle. You have manufactured an archeological type of candle.

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