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how to make
soy wax candles
Our DIY instructions are designed to be used with one of our candle making kits
Step-by-step: How to make your own soy wax candles at home.
Note: Our kits are designed for you to make 3 candles at a time.
Step 1: Check out your materials
Ensure that you have all the materials needed to make your own candles. Your kit should include:
(1) pouring pitcher
(2) bottles of fragrance oil
(2) bags of soy wax
(3) wick centering tools
(6) mason jars
(6) cotton wicks (+1 extra)
(6) wick stickers
If any items are missing, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will also need:
A wick trimmer (sold separately) or scissors
Standard cooking pot to use as a double boiler.
Paper towels or a kitchen towel
Step 2: Pour the wax flakes
Pour ONE bag of soy wax flakes in the pouring pitcher. This will be enough to make 3 candles at a time.
Step 3: Begin melting the wax
Begin to melt the wax with a double boiler. Fill a cooking pot 1/4 of the way with water. Place the pouring pitcher inside the pot with the water. Heat on medium-high heat.
Step 4: Place the thermometer
As the wax begins to melt, clip the thermometer to the side of the pouring pitcher. Ensure that the majority of tip of the thermometer is submerged in the wax. You may need to adjust the thermometer's clipping bracket.
Step 5: Heat the wax to 180 degrees Fahrenheit
Heat the wax to roughly 180 degrees Fahrenheit. DO NOT measure the temperature in Celsius. This should take around 5-10 minutes. If you find that it's taking too long, gradually raise the temperature of your burner. USE CAUTION when checking the temperature as the pot, pitcher, and thermometer may be warm/hot.
Step 6: Add fragrance oil
Once the wax is heated to roughly 180 degrees Fahrenheit, pour ONE entire bottle of fragrance oil into the wax.
Step 7: Mix!
Using the spatula, gently mix the fragrance oil into the wax for 2-3 minutes. The trick is to not introduce too much air into the wax, so try not to mix too vigorously.
Step 8: Apply the wick sticker and place the wick
Peel the front and backings off the wick sticker so that both sides are sticky. Apply the sticker to the bottom of the wick's metal tab. Place the wick in the center of the jar. Use your fingers to push the metal tab down to ensure a good seal. Do this for the remaining 2 jars (Remember: you're making 3 at a time).
Step 10: Pour the wax
Remove the pitcher from the double boiler, using a paper towel or cloth to carefully wipe the water off the bottom of the pitcher. Pour the wax into the mason jar. Pour to the fill line (shown in the picture below) which is just above the word "MASON" on the jar. Fill the remaining two jars.
Step 11: Center the wick
Use the wick centering tool to hold the wick in place. Slide it all the way down the wick and rest it on the lip of the jar. Do the same for the remaining two jars.
Step 12: Allow the candle to cool and trim the wick
Allow the candle to cool for approximately 60 minutes. The jar should be cool to the touch prior to trimming the wick. Trim the wick using a wick trimmer or a pair of scissors. Do the same for the 2 remaining candles.
Tip: If the tops of your candles have a bumpy appearance, you can smooth them out by using a hair dryer to gently melt the wax at the top of the candles.
...And that's it, you're now a candle maker!
We hope you enjoy your new candles.
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DISCLAIMER: Make candles at your own risk. Potential fire hazard. Nubble Light Candle Company LLC cannot and will not be held liable for loss and/or damage of whatever nature due to improper or careless use of these materials. Recommended for ages 16+.
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