Creating your own candles can be alot of fun, and a great way to relax and wind down after a busy week at work.
There is no 'one way works best' when it come to candle making - it's very much like baking or even a science experiment.
Ingredients need to be weighed out, you have to balance out the wet and dry components and various external factors can effect the final product.
But if you are just looking for a relatively easy to follow guide that you don't need to think about so you can give candle making a go and will give you a working candle in the end....then keep on reading!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Soy Wax (I use Kerasoy Container Wax - there are many other options available but I can only advise with what I work with personally)
Thermometer - Ideally you want an electric thermometer but aslong as it can register upto 75°c you should be fine
Desired Fragrance – I love the scents from Candle Shack, but other great suppliers include Soaps, Scents and Candles and Randalls Candles (for a single candle of average size a 10ml sample pot should be fine but I always advise a minimum of 50ml just incase you make any mistakes or want to make some tealights etc to go with it).
Wicks - You can choose wooden wicks or traditional wicks. There is no right or wrong option to select it is just personal preference as to how you would like your candle to look.
Wick Tabs (to keep your wick in place when you pour the melted wax)
Metal Pouring Jug
All of these materials are available to purchase in my DIY Candle Making Set - Available HERE
Step 1: Wash, Clean & Dry your Candle Container to ensure no foreign elements are attached including dust or dirt.
Step 2: Place Bain Marie on to hob and set on low heat (I have an electric hob and use level 2)
Step 3: Turn oven on, to 50°c and place clean candle container into the oven to heat up.
Step 4: Weigh out your wax and fragrance (to work out how much wax and fragrance you will need for your specific container CLICK HERE) & pour your wax into the Bain Marie. Place your fragrance aside for later.
Step 5: While the wax is melting prep your wick – if you are using a wooden wick you will need to wax it (CLICK HERE for more information on how to do this), apply wick tab to the base ready to apply to your container later.
Step 6: Melt wax to 70°c exactly.
Step 7: Transfer wax from Bain Marie to Pouring Jug and allow to cool.
Step 8: Once the wax has cooled to 65°c add your fragrance.
Step 9: Gently and slowly stir the fragrance into the wax for apx 2minutes.
Step 10: Carfeully take container out of the oven and position the wick (remember to remove cover from tab to stick to container).
Step 11: Slowly poor the wax from the jug into your container - if you have measured your wax & fragrance out properly then all the wax should be used and reach exactly where you want it to on the container.
Step 12: Leave your candle to set for 24/48 hours, then trim your wick to 3-5mm
You are then free to enjoy your beautiful handpoured Soy Wax Candle.
So like I mentioned earlier, candle making is a science and although this process will give you a working candle to enjoy you may find some thing hasn't quite gone to plan.
You may experience tunneling, poor container adhesion, over or under wicking or even poor scent throw. These are all issues that can occur when making candles and that is why testing and experimenting is very important to get the combination and balance for your candles as perfect as possible.
If you would like to learn more about making your own candles and how you can improve your process CLICK HERE