Soy wax candle instructions
- Prepare your work surface. I always cover my kitchen bench with a small tarp or a garbage bag cut up the side and opened out. I also put quite a few pieces of newspaper on the bench to act as padding so that the cold of the bench doesn’t come through to your container and it also absorbs any spills that you may have.
- How to measure how much wax you will need. Please ignore this step if you already know how much wax you need. Fill your candle container to the desired wax level with water then pour this into a measuring jug. If for example you have 100ml of water you will need 100g of wax. This is not an exact measurement but it works pretty well, best to melt a little more than you need. I always keep an ice cube tray or a small mould nearby and if I have melted too much I pour it into the tray and use it as a wax melt in my oil burner. Now tip out the water and completely dry both your candle container and pouring jug.
- Using your scales weigh out your wax.
- Stick your wick firmly to the bottom of your container(s). You can use blue tack or the double sided stick dots that are in the kit. Use the wick holder (pop stick) and some sticky tape or blue tac to keep the wick straight and in the centre of the container. Make sure you use the correct size wick. The wick size is related to the diameter of your container! If your not sure check on our website. The listings for wicks show you what size container they suit.
- Put wax into a pyrex jug in the microwave and melt. Do it in short bursts so that you don’t overheat the wax. Be careful it gets very hot, always use a pot mitt to remove your jug from the microwave so you don’t burn yourself. If you don’t want to use the microwave you can use a double boiler on the stove the same way. Never put wax directly into a saucepan on the stove. Be very careful not to leave it unattended or it could catch fire. The microwave is the safest and easiest way.
- Add the colour chip a little at a time until you reach the desired colour. One colour chip will colour approx. 1 kg of wax but you can add more if you want a stronger colour.
- Now stir in your fragrance. I recommend you use about 3-5% fragrance oil. Eg. In 100g of wax you can add between 3ml to 5ml. Some fragrances are very strong. Don’t overload with fragrance or your candle could spit when it is burning. Your nose is usually the best judge. Also some fragrances smell stronger when the candle is burning. (20 drops of fragrance is = to 1ml.)
- Make sure you allow your wax to cool a little now, down to about 50deg before you pour it. If you don’t your candle could be a bit rough and uneven on the top, this will not harm the candle but it doesn’t look quite as nice as a nice smooth candle. If you want you can use your hairdryer or heat gun to melt the top a bit so it goes nice and smooth.
- Remember to leave a gap at the top of your container when you fill it, about 1cm will do, this is so you can put the lid on if you want to and so it doesn’t go over the top when it melts.
- When the candle is set trim the wick down to ½ cm in height so that it is the correct height to begin burning.
- Allow your candles to cure for about 48hrs before burning, the longer the better the scent throw will be better.
The benefits of soy wax Equipment:
Soy candles burn 30-50 % longer than paraffin Pyrex jug (microwave)
Soy candle wax is water soluble (no messy cleanups) Double boiler (stove)
Soy candle wax is biodegradable Scales
Little or no soot is produced from burning soy candles Thermometer
No carcinogens are produced from burning soy candles
Soy candles are non toxic
Soy candles hold colour and scent better than paraffin
Soy wax is a renewable resource
Animal fat is not an ingredient in soy wax
If you need any more help please do not hesitate to email me I will be only to happy to help you in anyway I can. Also there are heaps of excellent sites on the internet with free information, I have used them and they are very informative and helpful, you can also get lots of great ideas from them.
I HOPE YOU ENJOY CANDLE MAKING – I DO