Making Soy Container Candles
A lot of what you have read so far on how to make soy candles applies to
the these various sub projects. When I say sub-projects, I am talking about
the soy votives, soy tarts & floatives, and soy wax pillar candles.
I won't reproduce the entire directions here on how to make your first soy
candle, as these instructions can be found in our main pages. What I will do
however is touch on some key components in making the perfect soy container
In our instructions on how to make your first soy container candle, we went
over a lot of information, really quick. To be honest with you, the best
practice for making the perfect soy candle is just that... practice.
However, there are hints and tips along the way that can make the time it
takes to "get good" at making soy candles a LOT shorter. That is what I am
going to cover here... some time saving tips!
Time Saving Tip #1
Remember not to overheat your wax in the microwave. Wax tends to shrink when
it cools, and the hotter it is when you take it out of the microwave, the
more it will shrink to reach room temperature. I get a lot of email asking
me "Why do I have these holes in the tops of my soy candles?" This is
usually caused by the shrinkage of the wax. There are is really only one way
to avoid this, and that is to pour your candle at a cooler temperature. If
you cannot wait around for the wax to cool before you pour it, look at our
Time Saving Tip #2
This tip kind of relates to tip #1. What to do with the holes in the top of
my soy wax candles. Generally when I make candles, I like to melt a bunch of
wax, pour them, and go do something else... this is usually when I clean the
shop!! Once the candles set, you may find some indentations or holes at the
top of your soy candles. To remedy this situation, use a hair dryer or heat
gun (careful of the heat gun... they put out a lot of heat) and melt the top
layer of soy wax. You will notice that the holes fill in with the freshly
melted wax. After that layer of wax sets up, you will have a new creamy
looking top to your soy candle!
Time Saving Tip #3
This somewhat relates to tip number 1 and 2. Well... to be honest, I guess
they all kind of relate to each other, but this has to do with you candle
tunneling. In this tip I am talking about a candle tunneling quickly as
opposed to slowly due to a wick that is too small (see my wick is too small
in tip #4). Again we will discuss the shrinkage of soy wax when it cools.
This especially applied to soy container candles. Soy wax will stick pretty
good to the sides of a glass jar, when in turn makes it pull away from the
wick in the middle of the soy candle. If your wick burns quickly down, you
probably have air bubbles in the soy candle that is surrounding the wick.
This could easily be avoided by tip #2!
Time Saving Tip #4
You can easily tell of your wick is too small for your soy candle. Simply
look at your melt pool after burning your soy candle for about 30 - 45
minutes. The melt pool should extend from edge to edge of your glass jar. If
it does not, you will end up with some tunneling and unburned soy wax left
on the edge of your glass container. Try a bigger wick or smaller jar. This
is where practice comes in handy... we have a rough guide you can use on our
wicks page, but even those will vary with different types of soy wax. It is
also a good idea to keep a journal of combinations you use and number your
tester candles. That way when you find one of your creations that burns
perfectly, you have ingredients and instructions on how to reproduce the
perfect soy candle!!
Well folks... I am out of tips for now, but that doesn't mean there won't be
more to come. I would love to hear your own time saving tips, and I am sure
the other readers would love the information as well! Send us your time
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