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How to make soy candles ....this is so easy to do and takes only a few minutes from start to finish, the poured candles are ready to use in 4 - 5 hours....less if cooled quickly !!
Really..... just melt soy wax, add essential oils and pour into your mold !
Making your own candles is fun, simple and very cost effective, I tend to have a candle or two burning most evenings wether its out in the garden on a Summers eve or snuggled up by a roaring fire in the Winter.........Candles give out ambience, serenity and of course aroma.
Soy candle making is extremely quick to do and the permutations of mold design, colors and shapes, decoration and packaging are endless, for me natural and organic is my choice along with essential oils to fragrance my candles.....I have a philosophy of keep it simple which is why soy appeals in preference to paraffin wax. Soy candles are not sooty or toxic, soy candles are naturally biodegradable, the source of hydrogenated soybean oil is renewable, they burn for longer than a conventional paraffin candle and if spilt the wax washes away with hot soapy water.
Soy flakes for making soy candles and other candle making equipment for example, wicks and sustainers (the little metal bit that holds the wick) can be purchased very easily on line or from your local craft or hardware store.
Assemble your mold of choice, the choice is endless, jars, cups, silicone cake trays, any small vessel really.....if it is glass or ceramic, warm it gently by either washing it in hot water or placing it somewhere warm.
Determining what quantity of soy flakes you require is done by filling the vessel you are using with water and measuring what quantity you have, as a guide for
1 fluid oz water use 1 oz soy flakes
25ml water use 25g soy flakes.
I know it is obvious but a note of caution, wax is super flammable if it gets too hot, as long as the wax is melted gently and slowly there is no chance of it igniting, please supervise young children ! Back to how to make soy candles......
Something to heat the wax, use your preferred heating method.
This can be a microwave and a glass or microwavable pot (absolutely my preferred method), a slow cooking pot or a Bain Marie type of arrangement, which is a large pot of boiling water turned to a simmer into which you place your smaller pot or Pyrex jug, just as an aside, in Greek this is known as "kaminos Marias" or "the alchemist's apparatus" the furnace of Maria.........she being an alchemist......I digresss!
A wooden spoon
A thermometer (although not essential !) just for reassurance really as all you need to do is gently heat the wax until it melts clear !
Wicks and sustainers
Pliers to clamp the wick into the sustainer
Some form of stick to enable the wick to stay upright ....a wick stick which again can be anything from a cocktail to chopstick, the idea is to keep the wick held high and the sustainer held down.....I have a friend who swears by her sticky dots if you will, placed beneath the sustainer and pressure applied before the pouring of the soy candle wax begins, alternatively just use premelted wax(!).........the wick can be held by clothes pegs, paper clips, blutack, clamps or even threaded through a hole in the stick, if it is wide enough !!
Essential oils of your choice ..........please refer to Anayennisi Aromatics Soy candle recipe page for lots of wonderful fragrant ideas, you will need
10 drops of essential oil for each oz or 25g of soy flakes.....it sounds a lot but the idea is to scent your candles !
How to make Soy Candles.
Weigh out the required amount of soy flakes.
Put the soy flakes into a heat proof vessel appropriate for the heating method you have chosen.....mine is going in the microwave....
Ensure your molds are ready, clean and dry and if need be... warmed.
Attaching the wick to the sustainer (the little metal tab!) with pliers.
A cocktail stick suffices !
Heat your soy wax flakes gently until the wax appears clear.
Microwave - Cover the flakes, heat for a 30 seconds at a time, in between each 30 seconds, take out the soy flakes and stir, heat until the wax has melted.
A Bain Marie - bring the water to boil, turn down to simmer and place the pot containing the soy wax into the simmering water, allow the wax to melt whilst stirring gently.
A slow cooker or Kitchen Kettle - Gently heat the soy wax on a low setting, stirring gently until melted.
If you want to measure the temperature, anything between 140F to 180F is just fine, as long as all the wax has melted,( the wax will be clear) which at this temperature it will of done.
Stir the essential oils well into the melted soy candle wax.
Pour the melted soy candle wax into your mold, keeping the wick upright !
Now you have to wait.......only 2 hours if cooled quickly - 4 hours at room temperature.
Any splashes and equipment can be cleaned with hot, soapy water.
When the candle is turned out of the mold, trim the wick to 0.5 cm or 1/4 inch.
Decorate as you please, light and enjoy the aromas of essential oils or better still give to friends to enjoy....share Anayennisi Aromatics.... How to Make Soy Candles with your friends too...... with the share button!
Try adding petals, lavenderheads, shells, cinnamon sticks, zest of lemon or orange or leaves to the outside of your mold, adorn with raffia and string and handmade labels.
With Anayennisi Aromatics ....How to make Soy Candles with Essential Oils....instructions for soy candle making, it is so easy to make organic, natural, homemade soy candles......to share and enjoy:)
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Go to the Essential Oils page for more information on essential oils.