I started making some candles back in December to give away as gifts, it’s not something I have done for a really long time. The last time I made candles I was probably 10 or 11 and had a Get Set Candle Making Set by Waddingtons (sadly discontinued) and I really loved creating my own candles. At the time there wasn’t really much information about different waxes to use and how bad certain ones can be for the environment, our homes or our health and I’m pretty sure that the kit I had used paraffin wax. Back to today…I had a look online at what sort of waxes were available and which would be best for what I wanted to do and Soy Wax seemed to be the best so that I what I chose to create my candles with.
I’m not a candle making expert and have since learned that there are lots of techniques when it comes to candle making which I am currently researching, but if you want to make a nice candle for yourself or as a gift then I can show you my method below…
You will need
- Soy wax *
- Wick *
- Wick Sustainer *
- Blue tack
- Measuring jug
- Container suitable for a candle *
- Something to stir with. I used a spatula.
- Kitchen Scales
- Wax Dye *
- Candle Scent *
I bought these items from Hobbycraft *
Before we begin I need to just outline a few things…. Please, only use scent that is suitable for candles, DO NOT use essential oils, while they do smell lovely and have healing properties. when burned the healing properties are pretty much zero, they can emit toxins when burned which can cause respiratory problems and they are a fire risk. DO NOT add things to your candle like glitter or dried flowers, while it may make the candle look pretty it can be a fire risk and also can clog up the wick when burning so that the flame is unstable. DO NOT use crayons or food dye to colour your candles, for one they probably won’t work, and secondly, when the crayons melt and come into contact with flame they can emit toxic fumes, and lastly, it can be a fire risk.
- Once you have found a suitable container for your candle you then need to work out how much wax it holds. I found this site to be really useful. Once you know how much wax you will need you will then need to weigh the wax out. I weighed mine into the container I used to melt it down. Make sure the container you use is dry and free from any contaminants (like dust or hair).
- Once you know how much wax you will need to fill your container you will then need to attach the wick to one of the wick sustainers. To do this thread your wick through the hole in the wick sustainer and pull through. Once the wick end is near the flat side of the wick sustainer use pliers and crimp the pointed bit of the wick sustainer around the wick to hold it in place. DO NOT cut the wick just yet!
- Now you need to get your candle container, make sure that it is clean and dry. add a tiny bit of blue tack to the underside of the wick sustainer and then press it into the base of the candle container making sure that it is attached in the centre of the base. I used a jar and needed to use long tweezers to help get it into the correct position.
- We now need to use the pencil (or other long item) and wrap the free wick around it and then balance the pencil onto the top of the candle container. This ensures that the wick will stay straight and even all the way down the candle once the wax has been poured.
- Now that the candle container and wick are set up you can now melt the wax you measured out. To do this firstly fill and boil the kettle then pour the boiling water into a saucepan, add the container of wax to the saucepan of water so that the container sits in the water similar to a bain marie. I then placed the saucepan onto the hob over a low heat just to keep the water hot and help melt the wax a bit easier.
- Optional Step if Using Scent and/or Dye. Once your wax has melted and is of a clear appearance and runny in consistency with no visible lumps you can remove the container from the water and then add the dye and scent of your choice. I add the dye first (follow the manufacturers instructions) and then stir until all the dye has dissolved before adding the scent (again, check the manufacturers instructions). Dont be tempted to stir too vigorously as you don’t want to introduce any air bubbles into the wax.. Once the scent has been added stir gently, again, avoiding creating air bubbles, for around 5 mins so that the scent can distribute evenly through the wax.
- If you are not using scent or dye, remove the container from the water and stir the wax for around 5 mins. Stir slowly and gently so that you don’t get any air bubbles forming.
- Once the wax has cooled down a bit you can now pour it into your candle container. Do this slowly and steadily being careful not to disturb the wick.
- Do not move the candle once it has been poured until it has solidified, moving the candle when in its liquid state can introduce air bubbles into the wax or disturb the wick.
- I chose to add a plain layer of wax to the top of my candles, I worked out how much wax I would need for the container then weighed out around 25 grams less than what was needed. Once the wax was set in the jar I then melted the extra wax and poured on top to create a 2 tone candle. Once you are happy with your candle and it has fully set you can then trim the wick with scissors.
11. As I was giving these away as gifts I added a small charm and a tag with the scent name on.