Make Your Own Soy Wax Candles
Candle making can be so much fun and because you are in complete control of the outcome you will have and end product that is reflective of your creativity, tastes and personality. Perfect to have a bit of fun with the kids.
Its worth mentioning that you are unlikely to get it right first time, but this can be a good thing because it gives you plenty of excuses to do it again and again!
Depending on the type of wax and size of the container you are using will have to change the wick you have to use to ensure the perfect burn. Use this wicking guide to help you choose.
I am choosing to use a container with a natural soy wax because it is a clean burning, environmentally friendly material (CB-135). I personally would never use paraffin.
Warning! This hobby can be very addictive 🙂
For those of you that think it may be messy, don’t let this put you off – it doesn’t have to be messy if you can be just a little organised! One of the benefits of making your own candles with soy wax is that it is water soluble so any spills will wash off with a bit of soap and water.
The boring part of this article – when working with hot liquids always take complete care! Take your time when pouring, adults to do the pouring not children, might be good to wear long sleeves to protect your arms from splashes. If you are working with glass be aware of breakages. No matter how edible the fragrance smells … NO substances are to be ingested! 🙂
So lets get started!
1) Organise your materials
*Scales *Double Boiler *Soy wax flakes *Wicks *Fragrance oils or essential oils *Glue *Wick holders *Container *Metal spoon for stirring *
It will help to have your materials all laid out. I attached my wicks and wick holders first at this stage.
2) Glue this wick/wick holder to the bottom center of your container
This can be a little tricky (TIP – use tweezers to hold it to the bottom while it dries).
Use a strong glue that is suitable for the container you are using and heat.
3) Secure the wick
Use a cocktail stick and bend the wick over the top, making sure the wick is straight. Ensure the end of the wick is over the edge of the glass and not inside it when you pour the liquid wax in.
4) Weigh the wax and heat
I used about 400g of wax flakes and this gave me 2 container candles and 5 tart melts. I only decided to make tart melts because I had the containers handy.
Wax must always be heated in a double boiler method (which is a pot with water in it and a metal jug inside that. So the water heats the wax and not directly from the hob or gas). Heat (DO NOT BOIL) the wax until completely melted and take off the heat. Stir often to avoid hot spots. Allow to cool to 60c.
5) Add your choice of scent
I split the melted wax into two pouring jugs because I was using two scents – Fresh Linen and Coconut.
Add 2/3 teaspoons of scent to each batch and stir well to make sure there are no hot spots and the scent is well blended.
6) Pour the liquid wax
Gently pour the wax into your chosen container. Pour into the containers where they can be set to dry without having to move them. If you move them you are risking getting wax up the side of the containers and it looking messy. Make everyone aware they are there too so they don’t get spilled or bumped.
Make sure the wick doesn’t move and correct it if it does. It is also a good idea to check that the wick is still straight after about 15 minutes also.
7) Leave to dry
Leave your candles to dry, normally for a few hours. You can put them in the fridge but only after an hour. The wax tarts pop out easily after a few hours too.
Sometimes when the wax dries a cracked circle can be left around the wick. One way to avoid this is to heat the glass container in a water bath in the oven at a low temperature for a few minutes before the wax gets poured in, but make sure the glass is thoroughly dry after. This will also prevent the wax from pulling away from the glass leaving a wet look around the inside.
If you have a small blow torch available then use this to smooth out the wax at the top, removing any fragrance marks, but take care with the wick. My step dad is a chef so I use his.
Please let me know how you get on. I love photographs so send me pics of yours to firstname.lastname@example.org . Also if any of these directions are unclear feel free to post a comment below and ill do my best to clear this up. Have fun!!