Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Beeswax Egg Candles & Chicken Fun
A couple of weeks ago we went to visit our neighbors. They own a 5 acre farm located at the bottom of our mountain smack dab in the middle of suburbia. Their land is part of the original Oregon dairy and was grandfathered in many, many years ago.
The girls had such a great time meeting the goats, honey bees and emu but what they especially loved was meeting their 250 chickens. We loved watching them eat and helping to collect their eggs. It made us anxious for the farm we someday wish to own.
With all our day dreaming and wishful thinking the girls and I decided to make some new candles with some of those sweet chickens' egg shells. A perfect spring project and just in time for Easter, too!
We started by melting some beeswax in our beeswax pot.
Then, if the eggs were blown we covered the bottom hole with wide, thick tape. If the eggs were just broken in half then we skipped this part.
We placed a wick in each eggs shell making sure it was centered. (We used wicks that had a metal base to hold it in place.
Then we filled the shells with the melted beeswax. We let the beeswax cool over night. On a side note: I first tried sticking them in the freezer to make them solidify faster but the shells did not like seem to like that and cracked. So I had to break off the shells and melt the wax back down to try again with new shells. Lesson learned, eggshells + beeswax + sudden temperature change = disaster!
Tah dah! A finished candle.
The girls wanted to make them a bit more fancy so they cut out designs in their decorating beeswax and then pressed them on to the shells.
C's sits in a nest on our nature table but K's has been used as our meal candle for every meal the past week or so. They are so pretty and festive when lit. We look forward to using them all spring long.
Why not join us in our egg candle making fun? We learned how to them from a parent at school but the wonderful Donni at The Magic Onions has a tutorial here,as well. Happy spring!
Just a little update : No word from our Doctor yet on the MRI results, hopefully soon, though. I am continuing with my mantra - Just keep busy, just keep busy...
Thank you, again for your thoughts and prayers!!!