Making soy tarts
Keep in mind that the key to making soy wax candles is quality
ingredients... mainly a good soy candle wax. In this project I have used KY
Candle Wax Supply's votive blend. Soy tarts and soy floative candles can be
made with either a soy container wax or a soy pillar/votive blend. Primarily
I use KY Candle Wax Supply for my wax supplier. The container soy blend and
pillar/votive blends both work well for this soy candles project.
Making soy tarts and soy floatives is basically the same as the soy votive
project. Since this is the case, you should be able to follow the guide to
making soy votives.
I have to admit, the great thing about using soy wax and other natural
candle waxes is the ability to melt it in the microwave, not to mention the
health benefits. Be sure the check www.soywaxcandleinfo.org for more
information on this subject!
To begin the project, the first thing we need are some tart molds. You can
find these at many online candle supply stores but you may want to check
eBay. A lot of metal candle molds can be found on eBay at a pretty
After your wax is melted, add your color and fragrance. Once the wax is
melted well, it is time to pour. There is a silicon spray that is available
for metal candle molds. This spray is referred to as a releasant. I have
found this to be fairly useless in smaller soy candles like votives, tarts,
and floatives, but more useful with soy pillar candles. Feel free to give it
a try if your prefer.
Now pour your soy wax into the tart molds. Once your soy wax is poured, it
will start to set. After pouring you may notice the wax becoming cloudy.
This is a sign to wick the floative. Obviously, the difference between a
floative and tart is the presence of a wick. You may check www.scentable.com
for pictures of the two different soy candles.
For the soy floatives, I generally use pre-tabbed votive wicks, then cut
them to size after the candle sets.
Once the soy candles are set up, it is time to release them from the mold.
The tarts/floatives should pop out of the mold with a slight tug from the
wick or squeeze on the mold. If your candle is stuck in the mold, you may
have to put it in the freezer for a few minutes. Be careful... when soy wax
is submitted to extremely cold temperatures, it has a tendency to crack.
Avoid putting your soy pillar in the freezer for more than a couple minutes.
If you have the time, it may be better to put the candle in the refrigerator
for a bit longer.
Once the soy pillar is released from the pillar mold, it is always good to
let the candle "cure" for a day or two, however if you are ready to burn
one, feel free. When burning soy pillars, make sure you burn it on a plate
or something fireproof to catch a wax runoff if it occurs.
Good luck with your soy pillars,... and I would be happy to hear and success
stories, or answer any questions you may have. Thanks again for your visit
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