Making your first soy wax candle:
Let's make a candle! This will be a basic container candle. You may wish to buy a fragrance that goes with a white candle (vanilla) since we will not be adding dye to the wax. Here is a list of items you will need:
After you have all of your supplies, let's begin.
Fill your 2 cup capacity Pyrex (make you use Pyrex!) with soy flakes and microwave for approximately 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, remove the measuring cup from the microwave with a hot pad. The measuring cup will be hot, so be careful. Stir the wax thoroughly. The goal here is to get 15 fl. ounces of soy wax completely melted. Once the initial wax is completely melted (you may have to microwave a little longer), you may add more wax or pour some out to get to 15 ounces in the measuring cup.
Wash and dry your mason jar completely. After your jar is dry, put a couple drops of super glue on the bottom of the wick (metal tab). Then place the metal tab of the wick in the bottom of the mason jar. Super glue sets up pretty fast, so you may only need to hold the wick in place for around a minute.
Now that you have 15 ounces of melted soy wax in your measuring cup, it is time to add 1 ounce of fragrance oil. Stir the mixture completely so the oil is absorbed into the wax and the wax is clear and not cloudy. Your wax mixture is now ready to pour!
Some may suggest that you warm up glass before pouring your wax. I personally have never broken any glass due to pouring hot wax into it. The secret here is to pour slowly and allow the heat of the wax to slowly transfer into the glass.
Once the jar is filled, it is time to center the wick so when the wax cools, the wick will be in the center of the candle, and it will burn more evenly.
After the candle cools, you may trim the wick. Soy wax has a tendency to mottle at the top of containers, and I have yet to find a method to totally prevent this from happening. Your candle will still burn as normal, however if appearance is important to you, you may want to invest in a heat gun. Basically you would heat and melt the very top of the container with the heat gun. When the top layer cools, it will be smooth!
Good luck with your new hobby!!!
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