Posted by Bryan on 6/21/2013
Soy candles are an eco-friendly alternative to burning the traditional paraffin candles which can give off noxious gases. The upside to burning soy candles rather than paraffin candles is that you can make them yourself easily in your own home. The supplies you need can be found at craft and hobby stores, or online. The better product you use, the higher quality your homemade creation will be. It will burn longer and give off a better scent.
Your first step is obtaining the soy wax. It is available in flakes and blocks. The flakes are the best option, as there is a level of ease in the handling and measuring of the wax. With the use of soy wax, clean up is a breeze. You can use soap and water to wipe down surfaces and all the tools you utilize in making your candles can go right into the dishwasher to be cleaned. To give your wax color you will need dye chips or liquid dye. You can experiment with the ratio of dye to wax to obtain the desired color for your candle.
For a first time project, a jar candle is the best option. When you get more experienced, you can move on to candle molds to make votives and pillars. For scented candles, you will need to visit your local craft store to check out their selection of essential oils. This can get somewhat costly, but if you like your home to be filled with the aroma of your choice it is well worth it. The more pure the oil, the better the candle will work when you burn it. As with dye, experimentation with fragrance will be the best for you to achieve the desired strength of aroma you want to fill your home.
Your next step is wick choice. Upon visiting your craft store or searching online, you will find a number of different types of wicks available. Wicks come in varied thickness, your choice will depend on the project you are embarking on. For jar candles, you will need a metal disk attached to the end of the wick.
If you are making a traditional Mason jar candle, you can use a measuring cup. If you have a 2-cup measuring cup, that will work best. Most liquid laundry detergent caps are 2 cup equivalents. Before melting your wax, you want to super glue the disk of your wick to the bottom of the mason jar. After this has set, fill the measuring cup with soy flakes and microwave it for about five minutes, or until it is completely melted. When you have around ten to fifteen ounces of melted wax stir in your essential oils for fragrance. Pour the melted wax into the jar, and center the wick as your wax cools.
Allow the candle to set over tonight, trim the wick down to about a half an inch, then light it and enjoy your creation.