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 reasonable price.
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 to soywaxcandles.org!