Basically, she was a candle making expert who had never once dipped a candle. This needed to change!
So one recent night, my big girls and I moonlighted to a bubbling pot of melted beeswax. We started our dipping endeavor by attempting honeypots after watching a tutorial about how to make them using water balloons. That's right, you dip a water balloon right into a pot of hot wax. And they don't pop!
We dipped each balloon several times, probably about 15 total. The balloon becomes the mold and before you know it a lovely beeswax bowl forms right around. When the beeswax bowl was thick enough, we pressed some in dried flowers and then over-dipped it in the wax one last time.
We ran it under cold water and popped the balloon.
Voila! We have honeypots!
The idea here is to light a small votive or tea light inside and the honeypot will produce a lovely, sweet-smelling glow.
We are happy with our first batch for the most part. We did learn that the level of wax in the pot needs to be high enough to dip the entire balloon in. We didn't have quite enough and tried to roll the wax around the top of the balloon instead. This produced an uneven edge at the top of the honeypot.
But we will fix this. I do see more candle dipping in our near future!