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How to make a soy wax candle

Steps to making a beautiful soy wax candle:

  1. Melt your soy wax to around 80℃ using one of the below methods
    1. Place into a microwave safe vented container, and heat in short bursts (around 30 secs each) until it has melted and is clear.  Be sure to stir in between each 30 second burst.
    2. Heat over a low – medium heat on a stove (double boiler is best to avoid burning). Stir continually until wax has melted and is clear. ** Never leave a pot of wax unattended on the stovetop
    3. Melt in a slow cooker, until your wax reaches 80℃
  2. If you are using colour, now is the time to add. You will need to experiment on the qty used to get the desired colour in the finished product.

NB: If you ever see little specks of solid color in the bottom of your candles try adding the color chips at a slightly higher temperature, or ensure you have stirred your wax.

Remove your wax from the heat, and add in your fragrance at a rate of approx 8%,  ie for every 100ml of wax, add 8ml of fragrance. Again, ensure you stir this in well, but ensure you are not too vigorous as you do not want to induce air bubbles into your wax too much.  Sit this aside while you prepare your jar, but don’t take too long, now is not the time to make a cuppa.

  1. Place a Stickum onto your wick and center the wick in your jar.
  2. Place the wick bar  on top of your jar, threading the wick through the hole.  Pull the wick taut and bend the wick over, or wrap around the wick bar. This will keep your wick centered while the candle cools.
  3. Once the wax has cooled to around 75℃ carefully pour the wax into your candle jar.
  4. For best results, let the candles cool at room temperature overnight, and try not to move the candle while it is setting.

Grab yourself a pair of our wick trimmers, and you will have a perfect trimmed wick every time.

  1. Light and enjoy.

 

If you are having some problems that are driving you crazy, why not attend our candle making workshop which is held at our premises in Rockingham. You will learn everything you need to know about how to make a candle.  It is a fun, relaxed class, and you will get a copy of the class notes, along with in depth details on what causes most of the common defects, and how to avoid them.  We even provide a light lunch.  We trained over 400 people in 2016, and 2017 is shaping up to be even busier.