Make Homemade Soy Candles
My friend Liz is always inspiring me with her creativity. She’s the one who taught me how to make soap, and when I saw her soy candles, I so much wanted to make those, too!
After trying for months to plan a get-together so she could teach me how to make them, and each time having it fall through (due to busyness, sickness, etc.), I finally decided to teach myself! This tutorial is the result of all my research.
What You’ll Need
- Half-Pint 8 oz jelly jars
- Melting Pot/pitcher or an old saucepan to melt the wax in (link goes to melting pot I have)
- Larger pot to use as a double boiler
- Soy Wax (the link goes to the exact wax I used)
- Scale (any digital scale should work)
- Glue gun, superglue, or wick stickers
- Mixing spoon (I use an old wooden spoon I found at a flea market)
- Clothespins or something to hold the wicks straight
- Fragrance oil (a couple of my favorites are Vanilla Hazlenut and Vanilla) For each pound of wax I use about 2 oz. fragrance oil.
- Newspapers to protect counters
- Paper towels
What to Do
Put clothespins over the jars. I’ve decided that sticking the wick through the metal coil part of the spring holds the wicks better than actually clipping it.
Weigh the Ingredients
Melt the Wax
Add the melting pot filled with wax to your pot of simmering water. The wax will slowly begin to melt. Make sure you watch it carefully (don’t walk off and leave it), as wax can catch fire (burst into flames) if it gets too hot.
Continue heating, stirring with your spoon, until the wax is completely melted.
Add Fragrance Oil
Pour Wax Into Jars
Let the Candles Cool
Clean Your Supplies
Allow to Cool for 24 Hours
Trim the Wicks
Decorate Jars for Gift-Giving or Leave Plain
The two candles below also have “frosting,” which is the white look on the sides. Thankfully, since they are white candles, it’s not really very noticeable, and it doesn’t affect how the candle burns. But to prevent this, try to make candles when it’s warmer outside or when you can keep the heat turned up so that the room temperature is about 70 degrees, which is considered the ideal room temperature for cooling candles.
3. Off-Centered Wicks
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October 2014 Edit:
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