tutorial :: making hanukkah candles

I'd been searching for the perfect Hannukiah for years, and then a few weeks ago, I stumbled across this one.  It's made of bronze, but I love the fact that it looks as though it were made of small branches.  Because Hanukkah starts tomorrow night at sunset, and because we have a new Hannukiah, I decided to make our own candles.  These would make a great Hanukkah gift, and are also a perfect craft for children.

A spool of braided candle wick (like this)
Honeycomb beeswax sheets (like these)

STEP 1 :: Using a scissor, cut a beeswax sheet into pieces 1 1/4 inches (3 cm) by 4 inches (10 cm).  Then, cut pieces of braided wick which are 5 inches (13 cm) long.

STEP 2 :: Place a piece of wick along an edge of one of the cut beeswax pieces and gently crimp the beeswax over the wick.  If the beeswax breaks, rips or cracks, you can gently warm the sheet between your palms (or warm it slightly with an electric hair dryer) and try again.

STEP 3 :: Roll the remaining portion of wax sheet around the wick, trim the wick to 1/2 inch (1 cm), and... you're done!

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