Flame On

Updated: Mar 24

I always though candle making was a complicated, technically challenging, process. Turns out, although there are a few things you need to get exact, it isn't as hard as I imagined. To think, all my years of crafting and I have never made candles until now.

The wax I use for these is Soyacoco. This is a mix of soy wax and coconut wax and is vegan. The soy wax means there is a longer burn time and the wax melts at a higher temperature, whereas the coconut wax enhances the scent more. A great combination.


Ok, let's get in to the technique.


To make these candles you will need:

* Soyacoco wax

* Wick

* Scented oil

* Container for your candle


And for equipment:

* Double boiler or heat proof bowl and pot

* Thermometer

* Scales (but everything in the kit comes pre-measured)

* Tweezers


First you will need to determine how much wax you will need to fill your container. You can 'eyeball' it by gently filing your container twice, or you can get a little more technical.


Lets put our math hat on. As your container is filled in ml, but wax comes in grams, we need to figure out how many grams will fit in your container. This is the math equation:


(Fill volume - 10%) x 0.83 = grams of wax


Now, let's put that into something we can understand.


The Fill volume is the amount of liquid it will take to fill your container. You can either fill with water, then measure the ml, or weigh the water (a ml of water equals 1 gram). For this exercise we are going to use a container that holds 120ml.

10% of that volume will be filled with your fragrant or essential oil, so deduct that from your fill volume (120 - 12 = 108). Multiply this total by 0.83 (108 x 0.83 = 90). For this container you will need 90g of soyacoco wax and 10-12ml of oil.

Making sure your container is dry on the inside, attach the wick to the base with a dab of PVA glue, double sided tape, or a dab of wax.

Place the measured wax into the top of your double boiler (see my photo for a makeshift double boiler) . Melt the wax, and continue heating to 80°C. Remove from the heat and add your scent. Stir for 2 minutes to make sure the scent is incorporated fully.

Let the wax cool to 60°C. While it is cooling, you can add petals or other small items to your container. Dip them carefully in to the cooling wax, then adhere them to the inside wall o your container. This prevents them from floating to the top, which is what they will do if they are just added to the wax after it is poured.

Once the wax is cooled to 60°C, carefully pour in to your container. Do not pour the wax before it cools or you will distort the wick.

Attach your wick to a stick, or even a piece of cardboard with a hole in it, to steady it and keep it centered. Then let your candle sit for 24 hours before you use it. Don't be tempted to use it before this.

I can't wait to see your creations. Don't forget to share a photo on the Craft Hut group page.


Our Candle box comes with enough ingredients, all pre-measured, to make 3 candles.

You can find the box here.


Happy Crafting

Sandy

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