Making a scented soy candle is a fun, relaxing and rewarding hobby. A beautiful hand poured candle made with love and care makes a great gift for friends and family and, if you master the art, you could even expand into creating your own small business.
Some notes before you start: If you can bake a cake you can make a candle! Making a perfect candle is both an art and a science and requires the successful combination of several components including wax, fragrance, containers, wicks and sometimes colour. Because we use natural ingredients they can react in different ways with each other causing various side effects in your candle or upon burning. But don't panic, making a candle is not as difficult as it sounds, it just takes some practice to get the best results and most candle makers test and re-test their recipes to find the correct combination of ingredients and temperature ranges for their location.
The following simple steps provide the basics of making a fragrant soy container candle, there are just two important rules to remember...1. Relax, and 2. Have fun!
What you need:
Container Soy Wax 464
(will start melting at approx. 40°C)
Pyrex jug / aluminium pouring jug or double boiler saucepan
Glass candle thermometer
/ Tea Light containers
(If you want to colour your candle)
- Choose an appropriate heat safe glass container for your candle. Soy wax melts at around 40 degrees C and most glassware will handle this temperature. You can re-use your own jars, hunt out tea-cups at op' shops or purchase some jars from our range. Container soy wax is designed to adhere to the sides of the container, so you'll want a good clean jar with smooth sides.
- Estimate how much wax you will need using the grams of the container as a guide or determine the mls the glass holds & simply convert this to grams ie: if the container holds 100ml, measure out & melt 100g of wax. It doesn’t matter if you melt too much wax. This can simply be left to set and then re-melted next time.
- Place the wax in a double boiler on the stove (just like you would melt chocolate). You can use a pot & a Pyrex jug but make sure the Pyrex jug doesn’t touch the bottom of the pot. It is ideal if the handle will fit over the pot edge. Heat your container soy wax on low heat to about 80-82°C until melted. The wax will start to melt around 40-45°C so check the temperature often. We DO NOT recommend using a microwave to melt soy wax because you lose the ability to control the temperature and can overcook your wax.
- While the wax is melting, attach your wick to your container or vessel (this is called "wicking". Attach your wick sticker to the bottom of the metal wick tab on the wick, place the wick in the centre of the container and press down firmly. If you don’t have a wick sticker, dip the tab end of the wick into the melted wax then place it on the bottom of the glass or use a dab of glue from a glue gun.
- Once the wick has adhered to the bottom of the container, thread the wick through the hole in the middle of the wick holder & place the wick holder so that it spans the diameter of the glass, making sure the wick is centered. Bend the wick over the wick holder. This will hold it straight as you pour in the hot wax.
- Using your thermometer, measure the temperature of the wax and at approximately 80-82°C add your candle fragrance. Gently stir in well for at least 2 minutes. Fragrance load can be anywhere between 6% and 10% depending on how strong you like your candles. It is important that the fragrance is mixed thoroughly for two minutes to bind with the wax. All fragrances affect the way a candle burns so experimentation with fragrance load is a must. You may be able to load a candle with 10% of one fragrance without adversely affecting the burn but not with another. Testing is the key.
- If you choose to colour your candle, this would be added to the melted wax now. Add small shavings from the dye block as the dye is highly concentrated. Drip some wax on to a white surface to view the final colour. Add more dye for darker shades.
- Let your wax cool to approximately 60-62°C before pouring into your container. Pour slowly but surely until you reach the desired level, we recommend using a long spout pouring jug. Allow it to set at least 24 hours before burning. For larger candles leave for a few days to allow the wax to cure properly. In many cases the longer you cure a candle the better the burn and fragrance throw.
- Room temperature can affect the setting and the finished look and performance of your candle, so make sure the room is neither too hot nor too cold (a constant ambient temperature of 21 degrees C is ideal). A tip is to carefully warm your glassware in the oven or microwave before pouring if you wish to help with the curing process. This will ensure that the warm wax is not going into a cold jar and cooling too rapidly.
- Sometimes the top of your candle does not set smoothly because of various factors. This is easily remedied by carefully re-melting the top 2-3mm of wax with a blow dryer. Use a diffuser on your dryer if you have one, otherwise be very careful.
- So that's it! Time to light your candle and enjoy the ambience and wonderful fragrance from your candle/s. Remember to always burn a soy candle right to the edge when you first use it, otherwise it will only ever melt to where you first burnt it (often making a crater down the centre of the candle). Never leave burning candles unattended.
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