Monday, May 18, 2015

Beeswax Candles

One thing about writing a novel is that you end up doing a lot of research even for small details. 

In Rebel Shifter, Finn teaches Rayen how to make candles. She is a native American/shifter who wants to learn about new things from Finn. Keep in mind it’s 1760 something, so I researched how to make candles. Then I discovered several methods.

The most common was to use animal fat and turn it into Tallow. However, these candles drip a lot and burn up fast. So, I came across Beeswax candles. They seemed perfect for the scene, but then I thought, Finn would also have to be a bee keeper. After more research, I discovered that there have been bee keepers even in ancient times.

For thousands of years, beeswax has not only been used for candles, but several other purposes. It has been found in the tombs of Egypt, in wrecked Viking ships, and in Roman ruins. Beeswax never goes bad and can be heated and reused. The oldest intact beeswax candles were found north of the Alps, dating to 6th/7th century AD.

Other uses of beeswax include: Cosmetics, modeling material, wax tablets, paintings, bow making, sewing thread, sealing wax, sealant in fire arms, and dental filling.

It’s a good thing Finn is a bee keeper.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

They've been used for a long time. What did they use before then?

Pat Dilloway said...

The internet is so helpful for research.

Chrys Fey said...

The research is something that I always find to be fun because I love to learn new things. :)

Bee keepers in ancient times? That is neat!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I used to love making candles with my brother. We used old crayons. It was a lot of fun.

Botanist said...

Aah, the joys of research. You learn some cool things in the writing process.

Cindy said...

Before Candles? Maybe a torch.

Stepheny Houghtlin said...

Happy I started following you during the challenge. This post is a good example of why it was a good idea.