Rolled candles are the quickest and easiest to make, and since the wax is softened rather than melted, they're also the safest. At left, antique type was used to monogram a still-warm candle.
- Electric griddle or oven
- Solid or honeycombed beeswax
- Terry-cloth toweling
- Towel-covered cookie sheet
- Mat knife
- Metal bar (available from scrap-metal dealers)
- Palette knife or a trowel
Soften wax on an electric griddle or in the oven.
Griddle: Preheat to 350 degrees. Lay a sheet of solid or honeycombed beeswax on a piece of terry-cloth toweling that has been cut to size, and heat on the griddle for 3 or 4 minutes. Quickly remove wax once it's warm and pliable, and place it on a work surface.
Oven: Place wax on a towel-covered cookie sheet, and warm in oven for 2 minutes; remove warm wax, and place it on a work surface.
Using a mat knife, cut the wax to the desired height of the candle. Lay a length of wicking (slightly longer than the wax) along one end of the sheet of wax.
Roll the wax, keeping the ends even.
To make a candle square, press down as you roll the wax until you have four flat sides.
When the candle has reached the desired dimensions, slice off excess wax with a sharp blade. For an outer skin of a different hue, roll the cooled candle in another sheet of softened wax.
To finish the candle and erase the seam, roll it quickly on a metal bar (available from scrap-metal dealers) that has been heated on the griddle or in the oven. To finish a square candle, press each side against the bar.
Smooth rough edges with a warm metal tool such as a palette knife or a trowel.