Candles became a household item in the 2000s thanks to the influx of candle-makers and luxury perfumers. There have been many opinions on whether $50 for a candle that lasts two-and-a-half days has been an acceptable amount.
For many of us, candles are a favorite way to lighten our homes. In this article, you will learn how you can create whole candle gifts sets, starting with a single candle
Making soy candles is an easy, inexpensive, and fun option. You can make many candles (You can even create whole scented candle gift sets) for as little as a few dollars from the store.
It is not hard to start; it takes only an hour to make a batch, there are few things, and cleanup could be performed quickly. There are many variables to candle making. Such as the size of the container, the type of wick, the wax brand, and the characteristics of essential oils. This is a great project that you can revisit as you adjust your ratios and create your favorite scent combinations. What do you need?
- Candle containers (heat-proof jars, glasses, tins, etc.)
- Pre-waxed and pre-tabbed Wicks
- Flakes of soy wax
- Hot glue or superglue
- Heat-proof container for the mix.
- Large pot that can be used as a double boiler
- Mixing spoon
- Candy thermometer
- Masking tape
- Use paper towels
- Optional: Fragrance oil, essential oil
- Small container for the weight of fragrance, if needed.
First Thing First: Choosing candle containers
You can be creative with candle containers. You can use mason jars and also tins and containers made from candles you have previously had. I even used a small ceramic flowerpot! You can also use small bowls or teacups. You can do whatever you wish as long as your containers are heat-safe. The majority of ceramic and glass vessels are heat-proof, so they are good to use.
You can use again old candle container by heating it in boiling water until the wax melts. Then, wipe it carefully with a paper towel, and then remove the wick. It may be necessary to gently pry the wick out using a butter knife, depending on how attached.
How much wax do you need?
You will need to know how many containers you have in order to determine the appropriate amount of wax. To save time and avoid too much math, I fill the container with water and then pour it into a measuring cup. It’s tempting to just guess and skip this step, but it’s the best way to make sure that you don’t waste any wax.
Choosing Wick size
There are many factors that you have to consider when choosing the wick. Some of them are wax brand, container size, and fragrance, as well. You can determine if the wick size you chose was too large (a sooty wick that is difficult to extinguish) or too small (a melted wick that does not make it to the edge of the candle).
Step 1 – Weigh and melt the wax.
Your candle container should be placed on the scale. You’ll need about 1 ounce of soy wax for every fluid ounce (in quantity) that your container holds.
Bring the container to a boil. If you have a melting pitcher or pot, you can lower it into boiling water.. Let the wax melt, stirring occasionally.
The wax will look similar to olive oil when it is in liquid form.
Step 2 – Prepare the Candle Containers
Wait patiently for the wax to cool. After each container has dried, apply a little superglue/hot glue to the metal bottom of the wick. Then push the wick to the bottom of the container. To keep it in the proper position while you pour the wax, it’s a good idea to stabilize it. My preferred method is to cut a small hole in the middle of a piece of masking tape and then insert the top end of the wick through it. Then attach the tape around the container’s lid.
Step 3 – Weigh the Fragrance
To scent candles with fragrance oil, you need to weigh the fragrance into a small container. It should be equal to 1 ounce of fragrance for 1 pound of wax. It is more difficult to use pure essential oils than fragrances because their properties vary. Essential oils can be difficult to mix and match. I prefer to start with the ratio and then tweak it if necessary. Notice: Oils will smell stronger in melted wax than in dried, burning candles.
Step 4 – Pour the Candles
You can pour candles at different temperatures and get different results depending on the brand of wax used and the size of the container. You could also try different temperatures for your first batch. This will allow you to find the temperature that works best for you.
Once the wax reaches the right temperature, carefully pour it into the candle containers, making sure to avoid the tape or wick. Slowly pour to avoid air bubbles that can cause uneven surfaces. Allow the candles to cool at room temperature for at most 24 hours before lighting.
There are some things to remember:
It is simple to clean up if you do it before the wax has dried completely. Use paper towels to wipe off any wax residue from the thermometer, stirring spoon, and melting pot.
After the candles have cooled to room temperature, take off the tape and trim 1/4 inch of the wick. To prevent the wick from “mushrooming” or smoking, trim the wick to 1/4 inch each time you light a candle. Make sure that the candle’s surface is stable. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
When burning soy candles, one tip is to match the burn time to the candle size. Tunneling is a condition where the wax melts at the edges of the candle’s center rather than in its entirety. When lighting a new candle for the first time, make sure it is lit long enough to allow the wax to drip off the top. Also, avoid using large candles for too short a period of time. A smaller candle is better if you have only a few minutes.
Although it might take some time to get the perfect scent intensity or smooth top, each batch will probably still be beautiful for you and your loved ones. Keep warm and enjoy the learning process.