This winter, my mom decided to make her own soy candles. At Christmas, she demonstrated candle making to the ladies in the family. I was impressed by the simplicity the process.
The basic ingredients are soy wax flakes, wicks (the size depending on the size of candle), containers or jars, and scent. Coloring could also be added, but we left the candles white.
The tools needed were a digital scales, candy thermometer, and some kind of double boiler to melt the wax. Mom bought a spouted pitcher to use for candle making but an empty coffee can would also work.
First the wicks were attached to the bottom of the jars and held upright with popsicle sticks. Then the ingredients were carefully measured into the pot. The wax was melted and brought to the correct temperature. Then the wax was poured into the waiting jars.
It was a fun project (though I didn't do much more than observe). My mom bought all her ingredients from Candle Science. I'm not affiliated with them in any way, but I knew someone would ask. I think Mom also used the tutorials on the Candle Science website. Please don't ask me any more questions about type of wicks, temperatures or anything else, because I don't know. The website has all the info you need.
Sometime I hope to try pouring some candles of my own and thought it sounded like something that some of you would be interested in trying as well! It wasn't nearly as complicated as soap making!