Martha Stewart Living, November 1994
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.
Electric griddle or oven
Solid or honeycombed beeswax
Towel-covered cookie sheet
Metal bar (available from scrap-metal dealers)
Palette knife or a trowel
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.