How to Make Soy Candles
Soy candles are a great way to add a bit of ambiance to your home, and making them is easy and fun. Here’s how to make your own soy candles.
Materials You Will Need
- Beeswax or Soy Wax
- A Candle Wicking
- A Candle Wick Lock
- A Heat Source
- Essential Oils, Dried Botanicals, or Color Blocks
- A Container for the Candle
Steps to Make Soy Candles
- Melt the wax: Place the wax in the pot and melt over medium heat. Do not boil.
- Add essential oils and color: If desired, add a few drops of essential oil and/or colorant to the melted wax.
- Add wicking: Once the wax has melted, add the wicking to the container. Start by threading the wick through the wick lock. Make sure the wick is centered in the container and secure the lock around the wick. Use a pencil or chopstick to keep the wick in place.
- Pour the Wax: Allow the wax to cool to approximately 150-170 degrees Fahrenheit. Slowly and evenly pour the wax into the container. Make sure not to pour too quickly, as this can cause air bubbles.
- Add decorations: Once the wax has cooled, add any botanicals or decorations to the top of the candle. Allow the candle to cool completely before lighting.
- Trim the Wick: Once the candle has cooled and set, trim the wick to about 1/4 inch from the top of the wax.
- Enjoy! Light your candle and enjoy!
Tips for Making Soy Candles
- Use heat-safe containers: Always make sure to use a container that can withstand the heat of melted wax.
- Add scent sparingly: Fragrances and essential oils can overpower the scent of your candle, so add them sparingly.
- Melt the wax slowly: Heating the wax too quickly can cause air bubbles, so always melt the wax on a low to medium heat.
- Trim the wick: Trim the wick every time before you light the candle, as this will help your candle burn more evenly.
Making Soy Candles: A Fun and Simple Craft for the DIY Home-Maker
Making soy wax candles is an easy, fun, and economical way to bring a natural, beautiful ambiance to your home. Not to mention, they smell great and make wonderful gifts! Creating handcrafted soy candles is a craft that just about anyone can do. All you need are some basic supplies and a little bit of know-how, and you’ll be up and running in no time.
Benefits of Using Soy Wax
The biggest advantage of soy wax is that it is an all-natural alternative to traditional petroleum-based waxes. Soy wax is made from soybeans, an all-natural, renewable resource, and it produces a cleaner, soot-free burn, creating minimal soot build-up. In addition, soy wax has a lower melting point than traditional wax, resulting in a longer, slower burn and helping the candles to last much longer.
Tools and Supplies Needed for Making Soy Candles
- Soy Wax: You can find soy wax beads, flakes, or blocks that are specially formulated for candle making.
- Wicks: Make sure you select the correct wick size for your candle—it should be 1/4 inch longer than your container.
- Double Boiler: Heat your wax in a double boiler to ensure even heating.
- Thermometer: Use a thermometer to monitor the temperature of the wax as it melts.
- Container: Pick out your favorite containers for your candles.
- Fragrance Oils and Essential Oils: As an alternative to fragrances and essential oils, you may opt for wax melts instead.
- Coloring and Decorations: To add a personal touch to your candles, you can incorporate colored wax, glitter, and more.
Step-by-Step Guide to Making Soy Candles
- Melt your wax: Begin by melting your soy wax by placing it in a double boiler on your stove. Heat the wax until it reaches a temperature of 180–190°F. The melting process should take no longer than 10 minutes.
- Prepare your wick: While your wax is melting, prepare your wick for the candle-making process. Cut the wick 1/4 inch longer than the container, and if the wick has not already been pre-tabbed, use a glue gun to affix the end of the wick to the bottom of the container.
- Fragrance or Color: Once your wax reaches the desired temperature, it’s time to add your favorite fragrance oil or essential oil. For a stronger scent, use up to 2 ounces of oil per pound of wax. If you’d like to add color, you can add a few drops of candle dye to the melted wax.
- Fill your container: Now you’re ready to pour the wax into the container and affix the wick. Pour the wax slowly and carefully; it should reach the top of the container, but you want to avoid overflow. If you’d like, you can also add decorations to the wax when it’s still soft.
- Allow the wax to cool: Finally, allow the wax to cool for several hours before using your candle. Cooling allows the wax to solidify and adhere to the sides of the container.
Tips for Making the Perfect Soy Candle
- Use a thermometer to make sure the wax stays between 180-190°F.
- If you’re using a heavy scent, add the oil when the wax is at 160°F.
- Be patient as you are pouring the wax, as it can take several hours for the wax to cool and solidify.
- Cut the wick a few millimeters shorter after each burn to make sure the flame doesn’t get too big.
- If you want a strong, long-lasting scent, use candle wax melts instead of fragrance oils.
Making soy candles is a simple and easy craft, and a great way to make a natural, eco-friendly candle that everyone will love. Whether you’re giving them away as gifts or simply enjoying them yourself, homemade soy candles make a great addition to any home.
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