Natural Soy Candles
Nothing to do this weekend? Looking for a new hobby? How about try making soy candles? Making candles is fun and relatively easy. You can find several good how to guides and books online that will show you how to make the most popular types of candles.
I will show you in this article a basic walk through for candle making. Learn how easy and satisfying it is to create your very own soy candles.
Materials to make soy candles
Following material are required for making soy candles:
natural soy wax, flakes
Double boiler / pot
natural Candle dye
Essential / Fragrance oil
Measure the quantity of soy wax needed. Depending on your jar size, normally 5 oz of soy wax is required for one jar. So for this example, we will begin to make 10 jars of 5oz soy wax candles. Soy wax can be found in block and in flake form. I prefer flake form as it is easier to use.
Measure 50oz of soy wax and pour it into the mildly heated double boiler. Increase the heat to an ideal temperature of around 75 Degrees Celsius and allow to melt. Monitor regularly with your cooking thermometer to maintain the perfect heat.
When the wax is melted in a liquid form, add your natural dye to give it the desired colour effect. For 50oz of wax, approximately 20 drops of dye is needed. Be sure to stir the soy wax as you are adding the dye drops so that the dye will bind evenly with the soy wax. Continue stirring with your wire whisk until it is fully blended together.
Note: Use only dye specifically designed for candle making. Other dyes may damage the wax.
Once the dye is completely blended, you can add your essential oil to the mix. Check your cooking thermometer and make sure that the heat is around 75 Degrees Celsius then add approximately 1 to 3 oz of your desired fragrance. If you want a stronger scented candle, then you may add 3oz. For a light scent, simply add in 1oz.
Again, stir the wax as you are slowly adding the oil. Continue stirring until the soy wax and oils are fully blended together. By this time, the scent of the soy wax should be quite inviting to your senses.
You’re almost done. When all the contents are mixed, reduce the heat to around 65 degrees celsius and heat for 1 – 2 minutes more. When ready, carefully pour the soy wax liquid into your 10 jars and allow to cool at room temperature.
Before it completely hardens, begin to prepare your wicks to be placed in the candles. Insert the wick by holding it at its tip and gently pushing the wick through the skin that has formed on the bottom of the wax. Do your best to keep the wick straight during this process.
I recommend cooling at room temperature for at least 24 hours before using.
So there you go. Affordable, convenient, workable and fun. If you are worried about the mess, soy wax cleans up easily with soap and water. You can safely put your utensils in the dishwasher. If you have time this weekend, pop into your nearest hobby and crafts store and start cooking up a candle storm.
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