beeswax candle laser

Beeswax candles

Step by step guide

Looking for a fun and creative Christmas project? Handmade beeswax Christmas candles are fun and easy to make. With some simple laser cutting and hand rolling, you can create unique and personalised gifts or decorations that give off the beautiful fragrance of beeswax. Below is a step-by-step tutorial to show you how to make them.


Preparation

Required material Christmas tree candles:

One sheet of beeswax (215 mm x 100 mm) in green
One sheet of beeswax (215 mm x 100 mm) natural-coloured 

Other required material

Beeswax leftovers in different colours for decorations
Piece of paper for the jig
Candle wick

Required material Santa candle:

One sheet of beeswax (215 mm x 100 mm) in red
One sheet of beeswax (215 mm x 100 mm) natural-coloured 
 

Trotec laser used: 

  • Speedy 100, 60 Watts
  • Speedy 300, 80 Watts
  • Cutting table

Step by Step

Step 1: Design

First open the template at the bottom of this page (provided in both CorelDraw and pdf formats). Import the design into Job Control to process the job.


Step 2: Laser Processing

Cutting the body of the candles
Place the beeswax sheets on the jig. Create the bodies of the candles using the laser cutter to cut the beeswax diagonally and/or straight.

Cutting ornaments
Include decorative designs such as stars, stockings and snowmen. As the wax is sticky, the sides of each cut piece can easily re-adhere to one another, so be sure to remove your ornaments from the surrounding beeswax sheets immediately after cutting them.


Step 3: Parameter Settings

Using a Speedy 100

Cutting: Power 20%, Speed 2.5%, Frequency 1,000Hz, Pass 3, Air Assist ON

Using a Speedy 300

Cutting: Power 30%, Speed 0.5%, Frequency 1,000Hz, Pass 1, Air Assist ON


Step 4: Sheet Rolling

Christmas tree
Warm the cut body of the Christmas tree with your hands or a dryer. Then overlay the green wax with the natural coloured wax as shown in the photograph. Next place the candle wick along the edge where you will start rolling, and gently roll the sheets together by hand.

Santa
As shown in the photo, lay out the red and natural-coloured sheets so they are touching. Then place the candle wick along the edge where you will start rolling. Gently roll the sheets together by hand, making sure that the red and natural-coloured sheets do not seperate from each other. Roll another layer of red over the top of the Santa candle you have just created to make Santa’s clothes, and be sure to leave a bit of natural-coloured wax exposed for his face.


Step 5: Decorating with Ornaments

Take two of the star shapes that have been cut out and warm them in your hands. Then apply them to the tip of the Christmas tree and sandwich the wick.
For small details such as eyes, roll pieces of leftover wax into small balls and apply them to the body of the candles using toothpicks or tweezers. These parts should be sticky enough without having to use adhesives. 

Warm the small wax pieces up with your hands and then push them firmly so that they stick to the body of the candles. The body of these decorations is comprised of two layers. You can make plain candles by placing a wick between these layers and then pressing them together.


Step 6: Hints

  • When laser cutting the body of the candles, we recommend using a paper jig to use when you laser cut the wax.
  • As the beeswax is naturally sticky, be sure to remove the ornaments quickly. Cut edges quickly harden as time passes. If the sides of the lines that have been cut are given an opportunity to re-adhere to one another, it becomes difficult to remove the ornaments from the surrounding beeswax sheets.
  • We do not recommend detailed designs with sharp corners and lettering because they are very difficult to remove from surrounding beeswax sheets.
  • The process of rolling and having candle layers stick together can be very difficult in low temperature environments. For better results, work in warm locations within 15℃ to 25℃ room temperature for the laser.
  • Tools such as scissors, rulers, cutting mats, toothpicks and blow dryers can be handy when making candles.