The first step was acquiring a whole lot of beeswax. Last year, I bought some online and it was fine, but I discovered that the place where I buy my honey sells beeswax for only $6 a pound.
|Internet wax on the left, and local stuff on the right. Look how dark my local wax is!|
I heard this was a great craft to do with kids, so I covered the entire house with newspapers.
Bend the string in-half, and with your fingers in the middle of string, dip it in to the wax. I held it above the can for about 15 seconds, and then repeated it.
This is what they looked like after about 15 dips. (Double click on the photo to enlarge it and see the structure of the candles. It's helpful if you're interested in making your own).
With some of the leftover wax, I made canning jar candles. After I poured in the wax, I set a wick in there, and then secured it between two chopsticks and allowed it to "cure" overnight.