How To Make Soy Wax Candles / Using Mason Jars
Want to learn how to make Soy Candles using Mason Jars. Making Soy Candles is an enjoyable hobby. Not only does it give you the opportunity to make personable gifts for almost any occasion or holiday, because almost everyone likes Candles. It also may lead to a home based business opportunity.
In today’s tutorial we are going to learn how to make Soy Candles using Mason Jars. You know those jars that have been being used in home canning for eternity !
Choosing The Right Soy Wax
Soy Waxes are derived by hydrogenating soybean oil, and I feel is the best wax for Container Candles. Some important things to consider when using Soy as your wax choice are that there are definite appearance and performance characteristics between Soy Wax and paraffin wax.
Let’s discuss some of the Soy Wax Characteristics:
- Soy candles have a softer pastel shade
- Soy Candle scents lend themselves better to softer pastel shades mostly used with Soy Candles
- To get the desired color you want to achieve you will need more dye
- Soy Wax is as close to a one pour wax as you can get. Although if it is poured too hot, or you’re container is very large you will probably have to top it off
- With normal scent loads you will probably not need to ad any additives
- Your pouring will have less impact on the Soy Candle verses a paraffin wax Candle
Tip: If you tend to make pillars or votives with Soy Wax, or any other Natural Wax, I suggest using Soy-Palm- Blend. Using an all Soy Wax for a free standing Candle is they are much too brittle and don’t burn well due to the hydrogenation. Blends are not as brittle, and have more structure.
If you are new to making Soy Candles and aren’t really sure which Wax will work best for you, CANDLEWIC Candle Making Supplies has a Soy Candle Wax Sampler Set for Soy Candles that is just the thing to help you decide. Just click on the link below, and then click on Candle Making in the top menu. Then in the drop down box scroll down to Soy Candle Wax and click on it: Candlewic Candle Supplies.
There are probably more than one hundred and fifty different scents (Fragrances) for you to choose from. That should cover any particular mood you want to create, That’s for sure!
Tip: When using a Natural based Wax such as Soy, it is very important that you do not use more than the recommended scent usage. Too much scent will affect the set up of the candle. Depending on the Soy Wax you are using I recommend from 3 to 6%.
If you are just making a small number of candles for your personal use, or for giving as gifts I recommend color chips or (color buttons) depending on your supplier. They will give you the best color consistency. You do not have to worry about finding a color that you like. You will find that you have a selection of every color in the rainbow, as well as some that are not. As well as black and white. Even if you do not find the exact color you are looking for, there is always the possibility of blending to get your chosen color or shade.
Tip: You ill find that you will have to add more color when using Soy Wax than you usually do when you are working with paraffin wax. You may also consider using liquid dyes because of having to use more to achieve the color you are looking for. I definitely suggest using the liquid dyes when making large batches of candles.
Wicking Is So Important
It is of utmost importance that when you are working with Soy or any other Natural Wax that the wick has been properly treated. I use the HTP wicks and RRD wicks from CANDLEWIC Candle Supply because they work well with all the Natural Waxes. You can find them here: Candlewic Candle Supplies.
Tip: The proper wick will depend on the Natural Wax you are using, and the size of your container. CANDLEWIC always will be happy to provide you with samples for you to test burn. Candlewic Candle Supplies.
Now It’s Time To Pour Your Candle
- Pouring Pot / Double Boiler. You can make this yourself.
- Soy Wax of Your Choice.
- Candle Making Thermometer. (A candy making Thermometer also works well).
- Wooden stir stick or long handle spoon. (I like using Chop Sticks)
- Color Chips or Dyes
- Scents (fragrances)
- Bow tie wick bar, or popsicle sticks with hole drilled in center
- Mason Jars
- Stable Work area
- Newspaper or Aluminum Foil
- Cookie sheet
- Pot holder
- Blow dryer or heat gun
- Cookie cutter
This Is An Easy And Fun Project
Start by covering your work area with newspaper or aluminum foil. Drips and spills are bound to happen. This way you will not have to clean messy wax off your work surface. I suggest using a cookie sheet on your work surface to catch any stray wax.
Measuring Out Your Wax: The amount of wax you’ll need depends on how many candles you want to make. For example, if you are using eight once Mason Jars and want to make ten candles, you will need approximately five pounds of wax.
Tip: If you have any left over wax pour it into a pillar mold and use it at another time after it cools.
Melting Your Wax: Melt your wax in the Double Boiler to a temperature between 155 &165 degrees F. This will depend on the wax you choose.
Tip: I suggest checking with your candle wax supplier for the correct melting temperature of the wax you are using if you don’t for sure what it is.
It is easy for you to make a Double Boiler by placing two or three inches of water in a pan a few inches larger than your Pouring Pot. Put your Pouring Pot into the pan of water. I suggest placing an inexpensive metal cookie cutter under the Pouring Pot to raise it. In doing so you will be sure that the wax will not be exposed to direct heat. Adjust your heat source to a medium low setting. Your water needs to boil, but not a rolling boil. By doing this the water will not spatter out of the pan.
As the wax is melting spray the cookie sheet with cooking spray. (That is if you are using one). That will allow any spilled wax to come off more easily when cooled.
Measure And Add Candle Scent: Once the wax has cooled to about 125 degrees F. you are ready to add the scent. The amount you use will depend on the wax you are using. It might range from 0.5 to 1.0 ounces per pound of wax. You may want to check with your Candle Supplier for how much they recommend for the wax you are using. Pour the scent into the wax and stir it at least twenty times in each direction to make sure it is well mixed.
Tip: It is common to add 1.0 ounces of Candle Scent per pound of wax. Candle Scent is usually measured by weight. If your scale will not measure such a small amount a tablespoon is equal to 0.5 ounces.
Measure And Add Dye: You are now ready to add the correct amount of Dye to your wax. If you are using Dye Blocks, the block will melt more quickly if shaved or cut into small pieces. When finished adding the desired amount, stir the Dye in until it is completely blended. Again at least twenty times in each direction.
Tip: If you are using Liquid Dye, adjust the amount of drops to get the desire shade you’re looking for. Remember once you add the Dye it can’t be removed, so add it sparingly especially if you’re only trying to achieve a light or pastel color. You can always add more if it is not dark enough. Stir until blended completely. At least twenty times in each direction.
You can find Candle Scents and Dyes at Candlewic Candle Supplies.
When Adding Color, Always Test Your Color: The color of your hot wax will usually look a lot darker than when it is completely cooled. To test your color drip a little bit on a paper plate, actually any plate will do, but a paper plat can just be thrown away when you’re finished testing. Be careful the wax is hot enough to burn you if it gets on your hands. When it hardens you will be able to see its true color. If necessary you can always add a little more dye.
Preparing To Pour Your Candle: Prepare you Mason Jars by attaching the wick tab in the center of the Mason Jar with a glue dot or hot glue. When pouring the Candle You can keep your wick centered by using a commercial clip available from your favorite Candle Supplier, or use a craft stick or even a Popsicle stick with a hole drilled in its center. What the heck, you can even use cloths pin if that’s all you have available!
Prepare your Mason Jars by placing them in a microwave for a minute or two. If you don’t have a microwave use a heat gun or hairdryer. This will make sure that the Wax doesn’t leave unsightly air pockets in the Jars as it hardens
Filling The Mason Jars: Slowly fill each Jar within ¾ to 1 inch from the top. Leaving that extra space will allow room for the Candle to burn and not drip outside the Mason Jar. Let your Mason Jar Candles cool completely by placing them on a cookie sheet, or protected surface to set. Once they are completely cool trim the wick to I/4 inch, and if you are using lids place the on the Jar. If you are using a cookie sheet clean up will be a snap. If you are giving the candles away or selling them always place a burning label on the bottom for safety reasons.
That’s It: You now have great Mason Jar Soy Candles to be proud of. Now is the time to go that little extra step. Be creative, try decorating your Jars with a little bit of paint or maybe gluing on some colored sequins, a little glitter or maybe a nice ribbon tied around the top is always a winner.
The design of Mason Jar Candles allows them to burn down to almost nothing, ensuring you get the most out of each Candle. You should always place your Candle on a non flammable surface for safety purposes, because when it gets to the bottom of the jar the bottom becomes very hot. Even though the Jars keep the flame from escaping, prevent dripping, it is still important to keep them out of reach of children, and to never leave a burning Candle unattended.
Soy Waxes have increased in popularity over the past few years among Candle Makers as well as Candle Buyers. Here are some of the benefits to using Soy Wax instead of paraffin wax:
- It is completely natural, and renewable
- It’s Non-Toxic
- It burns clean
- Produces less soot, and when burned correctly it is virtually soot free
- The flakes the Wax comes in are easier to measure, and work with Soy Wax help support the American Farmer
- Spills clean up easily with soap and water
- Longer burn time than Candles made with paraffin waxes
- Soy Candles add beauty and aromas to your home, office or just about any location
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