Middle Ages Unit Study
Week 19: We made beeswax candles.
Some chandlers during the middle ages made tallow candles and others made beeswax candles. It was a highly competitive business. Tallow candles, made from animal fat were cheap and used by most people since the materials were readily available. They burned quickly, smelled like meat and were quite smoky. Beeswax candles, on the other hand, were used by the wealthy. They smelled like honey, lasted longer and were quite a bit more expensive.
We made our candles from beeswax.
First beeswax was melted in a crock pot.
- Dip quick
- Wait 30 seconds for candles to cool before re-dipping!
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