Soy wax candle instructions


  1. Read tips section below. Prepare your work surface. I cover my kitchen bench with a small tarp or a garbage bag cut up the side and opened out. I also put a few pieces of newspaper on the bench to act as padding so that the cold of the bench doesn’t come through to your container and it also absorbs any spills that you may have.
  2.  How to measure how much wax you will need. Please ignore this step if you already know how much wax you need. Fill your candle container to the desired wax level with water then pour this into a measuring jug. If for example you have 100ml of water you will need approx.100g of wax. This is not an exact measurement but it works pretty well, best to melt a little more than you need. Keep an ice cube tray or a small mould nearby and if you have melted too much wax, pour it into the tray and use it as a wax melt in your oil burner.

Now tip out the water and completely dry both your candle container and measure jug.

  1. Using your scales weigh out the amount of soy wax you need.
  2.  Stick your wick firmly to the bottom of your container(s). Make sure it is in the centre. Use the double sided sticky dots that are in your kit to stick the wick tab firmly to the bottom of your jar. Use the wick holder (pop stick) and some sticky tape or blue tac to keep the wick straight and  in the centre of the container. Make sure you use the correct size wick. The wick size ( how thick it is) is related to the diameter of your container! If you’re not sure check on our website. The listings for wicks show you what size container they suit. It is only a guide. Its a good idea to make one candle and test burn it to make sure you have the right size wick before you make more candles. The wicks in your kit have been chosen to match the containers in your kit.
  3.  Put your measured soy wax into a microwave safe jug and microwave on high in short bursts so that you don’t overheat the wax. Be careful it gets very hot, always use a pot mitt to remove your jug from the microwave. If you don’t want to use the microwave you can use a double boiler method on the stove. Never put wax directly into a saucepan on the stove. Never leave wax heating on the stove unattended. The microwave is the safest and easiest way.
  4.  Add some colour chip if you like. One colour chip will colour approx. 500g of wax to a medium shade but you can add more if you want a stronger colour.
  5.  Now stir in your fragrance. I recommend you use about 3-5% fragrance oil. Eg. In 100g of wax you can add between 3ml to 5ml. Some fragrances are very strong. Don’t overload with fragrance or your candle could spit when it is burning. Your nose is usually the best judge. Also some fragrances smell stronger when the candle is burning. (20 drops of fragrance is = to 1ml.)
  6.  Now check the temperature of your melted wax. It should be approx. 70deg before you pour it. Wrong pour temperature could cause your candle to be rough and uneven on the top or not adhere to the sides of your glass container very well. This will not harm the candle but it doesn’t look as a nice  as a smooth candle. You can remelt the top of your candle with a hairdryer or heat gun to help smooth out the top.
  7. Remember to leave a gap at the top of your container when you fill it, about 1cm will do, to allow room for the lid and so the wax doesn’t spill over the top when the candle is lit.
  8.  When the candle is set, trim the wick down to ½ cm in height so that it is the correct height to begin burning.
  9.  Allow your candles to cure for about 48hrs before burning, the longer the better. The scent throw will be better.

 

The benefits of soy wax                                                                                                          Equipment you need:

Soy candles burn 30-50 % longer than paraffin     Pyrex jug (microwave)

Soy candle wax is soluble in warm soapy water                                             metal bowl & saucepan (double boiler method only)

Soy candle wax is biodegradable                                                                         Scales

Little or no soot is produced from burning soy candles                                Thermometer

No carcinogens are produced from burning soy candles

Soy candles are non toxic

Soy candles hold colour and scent better than paraffin

Soy wax is a renewable resource

Animal fat is not an ingredient in soy wax

Tips

Washing the inside of your jar in warm soapy water can help with adhesion of the wax to the glass. If the weather is cold or damp you may need to warm your candle jar with a hair drier to remove any moisture before you pour. Also after you have poured your candle cover it with an empty cardboard box to protect it from drafts and air conditioners while it slowly cools. If you need any more help please do not hesitate to email me I will be only to happy to help you  in anyway I can.

I HOPE YOU ENJOY CANDLE MAKING – I  DO

 

Cheers Karen

 

NEVER LEAVE BURNNING CANDLES UNATTENDED

DON’T BURN YOUR CANDLES IN DRAFTY AREAS OR NEAR FLAMMABLE ITEMS

 

ALWAYS ALLOW YOUR CANDLE TO BURN TO THE EDGE OF THE JAR ON ITS FIRST BURN