First I rendered the tallow and strained it.
them pour it through a knee high to strain out the smaller stuff.
After I strained it I added 2 oz of beeswax to every 2 cups of tallow (when we clean up our beeswax we pour it into ice cube trays and the cubes are approximately 2 oz each) I also added some cinnamon essential oils to help with the smell.
I have tried to make my own candle wick but haven't had any luck yet so I am using store bought wick right now till I can work on making my own wicks. I use a small washer to put in the bottom of the jar. Then tie three strands of wick on it, then braid them together.
I pushed a pencil in the middle of the braid to hold the wick at the correct height
Then pour the hot tallow and wax into the jars be sure to keep the wick straight and in the center.
Let cool until set up. You can put them in the fridge to speed this up. After they are set up cut the wick about a 1/4 of an inch from the candle. Then they are ready to use.
I have three candles here in the one on the far right I just used a single wick as you can see it didn't burn very well.
The one in the center I added some steric acid I wanted to see if it would make it harder and burn longer. It burned the same as the candle with just the wax and tallow.
These are after nine hours of burning they weren't quite half way burned down.
I will be making a lot more of these.
Have you tried making tallow or lard candles? If so how did they turn out?