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Candles

Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:45 pm
by FionaDowson
Does anyone know anything about candle making in the dark ages?

I harvested wax from my bees recently for prepping top bar hives and it's amazing how little wax you get

Were candles mainly fat? What did they use for wick as they didn't have cotton? Has anyone ever made candles using mullein or rush lights?

Re: Candles

Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:13 pm
by sally
linen makes very nice wicking. Cheaper candles tend to be tallow, rushlights are fine for brief use but no real help for working late by as they don't burn for much time compared to good wax candles.

Re: Candles

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:03 pm
by FionaDowson
Has anyone tried making candles from suet? How to suggested it takes 6 hours to melt suet to the required runniness.... Experiments with lard haven't gone very well