by Natalia Nicholson October 11, 2021 3 min read
Candle-making is a wonderful and artistic way to add your personal slice of beautiful designs. Not only that, they’re also easy to make and personalizing them is so much as well. Today, we’ll be showing you how to create your very own soy wax candle!
Soy wax is certainly the better choice when it comes to candle-making. Soy candles are derived from soy wax, which happens to be a processed form of soybean oil. Despite having a lower melting point, it has numerous benefits.
The main advantage is how safe soy candles are. Paraffin wax can be really bad for one’s health because it contains toluene and benzene, chemical compounds that are known to be carcinogens. They also burn a lot cleaner than other candles, resulting in fewer instances where soot is generated or found.
For this project, you won’t really need a whole lot of items. All you need is:
Once you have all of the ingredients ready, it’s now time to follow through the process using these steps:
The first thing you have to do is measure the amount of candle wax needed to fill the container. Once you figure the right measurements out, you’ll then have to double that amount because that’s how much wax you’ll actually have to melt.
What comes next is the process of melting the wax itself by pouring it into the double boiler and then letting it liquefy for 10 - 15 minutes.
Once the wax has fully melted, it’s time to add in some drops of fragrance oil into the mix. Simply follow what the instructions on your wax package says, so you won’t end up putting in too much or too little.
The next thing you’ll need to do is to affix the wick at the bottom of your candle container, prior to pouring in the melted and scented wax. You can either use superglue or dip the wick in the melted wax and give it at least 5 minutes to solidify.
Get your thermometer and check the temperature first. If the thermometer reads a temperature of 140° Fahrenheit, that’s the perfect time to pour the wax in. While pouring, remember to hold the wick in place (but don’t pull on it) and to pour slowly.
The wick will naturally bend and sway in the melty wax. To help secure it, grab your pencils or chopsticks and lay them across the container’s top. You’d then want to sandwich the wick in between them, ensuring that it stays in the center as the wax begins to solidify.
If you happen to notice that the candle wax solidified in a bad way (holes or cracks are noticeable), then you simply need to reheat the extra wax you have and pour it in the remaining one. Then, you simply let it harden.
Lastly, cut the wick to a reasonable length, which should be less than ½ inch.
Bonus: Extra Tips You can Use
Making a candle can be tricky sometimes, but we do have helpful tips that you can use. Here are some of them:
Now that you know how to make your own soy wax candles, you can start adding your personal touch to any home, office, or room!
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