Making professional soy candles is a moderately easy task and there are many advantages to making candles with soy versus beeswax and/or paraffin. Soy candles are cheaper than beeswax candles, spilt soy wax cleans up in a jiffy with soap and water, not much soot is produced when the candles are burning and soy candles burn longer than ones made of paraffin wax. In addition, soy is a renewable resource and candles can be made in different colours and with a variety of scents. All of the ingredients necessary for making professional soy candles can be purchased at hobby or crafts supply shops.
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Things you need
- 0.454kg. soy wax flakes
- Double boiler
- 1 Mason jar
- 29.6ml. soy candle fragrance
- Liquid wax dye
- Wick with a metal disk on one end
- Wooden spoon
- Candy thermometer
Heat 0.454kg. of soy wax flakes over medium heat in a double boiler. Do not rush this step as the wax needs to melt evenly. Check the temperature with a candy thermometer to ensure that the temperature does not exceed 82.2 degrees Celsius.
Use an eye dropper to shake 3-4 drops of liquid soy wax dye in whatever colour you choose onto the melted wax. Stir with the wooden spoon to evenly distribute the dye. Liquid soy wax dye is extremely concentrated so continue adding one drop at a time to achieve the colour you require. Do not use food colouring in place of soy wax dye.
When the thermometer reads 82.2 degrees Celsius, add 29.6ml. of fragrance to the wax, stirring gently with the wooden spoon so that the fragrance spreads evenly and is absorbed thoroughly by the wax.
Take the wick and carefully dip the metal end onto the hot wax. Then place the wick on the bottom of the Mason jar. The hot wax will cause the wick to adhere to the bottom of the jar. Use a clothespin to hold the wick upright while you pour the hot, scented wax into the Mason jar.
Let the candle cool for 24 hours before trimming the wick to about 1/2 inch in height.
Tips and warnings
- Wax colours come in blocks, chips and liquid but the liquid is the most cost-effective since you only require a few drops per candle.
- The soy wax should remain at a temperature of 82.2 degrees Celsius when adding the fragrance. At temperatures higher than that the scent will evaporate.
- The soy wax will also start smoking at temperatures higher than 82.2 degrees Celsius.
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