Monday, February 6, 2012

Homemade Soy Candles

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!

8 comments :

  1. I've always thought it would be fun to delve into candle making. I'm glad to know it's a simple, fun project. :0)

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  2. Oh this is so lovely! I have been looking at making my own candles recently. I love the jars your mum used. thanks for sharing.

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  3. FUN! I have made my own soap and had fun with that and have made one or two candles by melting the wax I had left over from other candles. I have been collecting the candle wax for awhile now to make some more candles and have even got my wicks but haven't done it yet. Want to make some soy and some gel candles and put sea shells inside the candles. I found my wicks at Micheal's I believe it was. I'm sure Hobby Lobby would have them to.

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  4. This is something that I always wanted to try...now it seems that I can :-)

    m.

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  5. That looks great. How wonderful that your mother wanted to show you. Have a great day.

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  6. OMGoodness! I have created a $100 wish list for that site! I am excited to start making some candles.

    Sam

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  7. What a great way to spend some quality time with friends and family! I’ve always enjoyed artistic and scented candles, but never really gave much thought to the process. It seems so simple and quite fun! These would make great personalized Christmas gifts or giveaways for a party.

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  8. Great post.Nice ideas for making soy candles in home . it is useful.i like it.

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