Candle making is an extremely popular pastime in America and abroad. Recent statistics have shown that the industry, as a whole, is currently undergoing a significant growth phase. Overall sales of candles and candle-related supplies are well over 3 billion dollars per year right now. Who would have thought that our beloved hobby would ever spawn such a profitable industry?
While some companies are moving fast to capitalize on the growth of the industry many of us are content to continue doing what we love, which is simply making candles! With this article, I intend to give you the basics on how to make your own soy candles. It will, however, require some patience on your part. This is an extremely delicate process, and it will likely take a few tries before you perfect it. So here goes…
The first thing you will have to do is stock up on supplies. You will need both large and small pour pitchers, some wax paper, and a quality thermometer that can withstand high temperatures. Hint: we have had great success with a candy thermometer. You will also need a good quality soy wax. Most supply stores offer it in block or flake form. In my experience, the flake form is best because it tends to melt down more consistently. You are also going to want to be sure that you have a supply of wicks, and some dependable glass containers to use as molds.
While wax colorings and fragrances are optional, they really do add a lot to the end result of your efforts. Until you have perfected the candle making process, I would recommend saving your money. As they say, want not, waste not! Once you have these basic supplies, you are ready to get started on making your soy candles. In a standard saucepan, place a reasonable amount of soy wax.
You can gauge the amount of wax to use depending on the size of your glass mold. Place the saucepan on your stovetop, with the heat slightly below half-way. Your wax will have a boiling point of 127 degrees, so keep a steady watch to ensure it doesn’t burn. Pour the wax into your mold somewhere between 95-110 degrees for the best results. Place you wick in the wax, and allow ample time to dry. If you do decide to add some color, do this when the wax is still on the stovetop at around 150 degrees. Fragrance should be added around 140 degrees, after the wax has been removed from heat. Happy Candling!
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Cassie Morgan has been making her own candles for over 15 years. When she is not trying to perfect her methods, she writes for candlesandcandlemaking.com – an excellent online resource for information about candles, aromatherapy, soap making and more.