Make your Own Soy Wax Candles – DIY Tutorial

Hello all!

Some of you will know that my business started in 2010 with me making natural wax candles and pouring them into vintage cups, glasses, sugar bowls, pudding bowls, trifle dishes, egg cups – basically anything that would hold wax and was washable!

Since the business has grown and changed beyond recognition since those days, I don’t make them anymore as I just don’t have the time, but a lot of friends and contacts who bought them from me are complaining and grumbling that they can’t find anything as nice to buy.  It took me hours and hours of research to work out how best to make them, the best materials to use,  hours and hours of frustration and bobbly looking, greasy feeling, shocking day-glo pink efforts.

So this post is particularly for you girls – Kelly, Sarah, Jay, Michelle, Sally, Sarah, Stacey and Jackie.  xxxx

 

Our candles at Pearl's workshop at Babington House

our candles at Pearl’s workshop at Babington House.  Emma Case Photography 

 

The fabulously talented Abigail Warner  who designs and prints the most beautiful paper goods (and a fellow Derby girl) and who is 50% of the equally fabulous The Paper Girls  got in touch with me a while ago to ask if I would put together a tutorial on how to make them.  She is a friend and business associate of Pearl Lowe (and also designed Pearl’s own wedding stationery) and Pearl was writing a book called Vintage Craft which is an unmissable for girls who love to get busy with the Annie Sloan paints and whose best weekends include a rummage in a second hand shop for furniture.

 

Here’s what they had to say about us on Pearl’s blog – read the lovely words here 

We are featured in this!

Debi Treloar and Marianne Cotterill

 

It is a great book for lovers of all things vintage and there is so much more to it than just craft tutorials.  It has masses of  home styling advice and is bursting with original and pretty photographs and beautiful styling from Debi Treloar and Marianne Cotterill.

Anyway, I digress a little.

 

Our candles at Pearl's workshop at Babington House

our candles at Pearl’s workshop at Babington House.  Emma Case Photography 

 

I sent Pearl a selection of my candles and Abbey and I spent an afternoon in my kitchen whilst I showed her how to make them.

My tutorial made it into the book and it graces pages 158 and 159.  Which is pretty exciting hey.

Before I tell you how best to make them, I will share my address book of suppliers for the materials.  I spent a ridiculous amount of time , money and “argh” moments finding the perfect marriage of product and timing.  And I share this with you here.

 

Pearl Lowe's Vintage Craft

Debi Treloar and Marianne Cotterill

 

Waxes and wicks4 candles.  I use either EcoSoya CB-Xcel or EcoSoya CB Advanced.  I always use WEDO LX WICK for the wicks which burn well and you can buy them with a sustainer on the bottom (the little metal disc which sticks to the bottom of your container).

Fragrances – Always always I came back to Scent Perfique .  They offer high quality,  beautiful quality scents and their “designer type” range is brilliant (cheeky but brilliant!).

Personally I find some home fragrances sickly sweet and overpowering.  This company make classic, sophisticated fragrances that are addictive and rather like very well known home fragrances…

 

candles

my kitchen table

 

 

You Will Need 

A large pan for boiling water and a smaller pan to sit inside to melt the wax flakes (the double boiler method)

450g soy candle wax flakes, this will make 3 – 5 teacup size candles

1 x 2cm coloured wax chips if you want your candle coloured

4 tablespoons of candle making fragrance oil

Cooking thermoneter

Glass or vintage candleholder

Waxed wicks with sustainers

Chopsticks, pencils or small cutlery

Newspaper

 

Method

Protect your work surface with lots of newspaper.  Soy wax is easily removed with warm soapy water, but it is better to be prepared.

Pour water into the bottom portion of a double boiler and bring to the boil.  Pour the wax flakes in the top part of the double boiler (the top pan).

Reduce the heat to low and as the wax reaches 175 – 185 degrees Celsius it will start to melt.

As it melts, start adding the coloured wax chips if using.  Wax always becomes paler as it cools so you may need to add more dye than you think.  You might need a few attempts to get the colour just as you want it.

Remove the top pan from the heat and add your fragrance oil.  I use 4 tablespoons per 450g of wax, but also check the manufactures instructions.  Using too much fragrance can disrupt the flame or create greasy spots on the candle.

Make sure that you keep stirring the wax.  Stir, stir, stir.  Let it cool to around 140 degrees Celsius.

Pour the slightly cooled wax into your containers and place a wick in the container.  Keep it upright by supporting it between four chopsticks placed in a grid around the wick.  You could also use straws, pencils or cutlery as support.

If you are placing a lid on the container then let the wax cool completely before covering the candle.  It takes around 6 hours for it to set.

If any air bubbles form when it has set or any frosting (where the wax goes white and patchy) appears on the top of the wax, then blast with a hairdryer to melt the top and even it out (TOP tip)

Trim the wick to 1.5cm before lighting.

 

There you have it.  Easy, fairly speedy, minimal mess if you use lots of newspaper to catch the drips and eco friendly.  The perfect gift and a treat for yourself.

 

Let me know how you get on!

 

Karen

 

 


21:50 31 January 2014


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