Last November I took a class on making beeswax luminaries. It was my first time smelling beeswax, and now I can’t get enough of it!
We were told to bring dried flowers, so I pressed a few the week before. The leaves were provided by the instructor. After the wax on the water balloon has cooled from the third dipping, the leaves and flowers are stuck on by dipping them into wax and quickly adhering them to the luminary. I believe you can also use colored tissue paper to achieve interesting effects. Unfortunately, I had some difficulty getting the flowers and leaves to stick, so they ended up getting coated with thicker layers of wax, making the original colors less visible. They still look cool when glowing, and that’s what matters more.
We did have issues with the wax not staying warm enough in the crock pots of water, so the instructor had to take the pots of wax back to the stove in the kitchen. That explains the lumpiness and cracks on some of them. However, if you’re dissatisfied with what you’ve made, you can simply melt the wax and use it again.
Lastly, the bottom of the luminaries should be filled with sand before placing the candle in so that it won’t melt the wax. However, using a tea light candle holder serves the same purpose.