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Soy Container Candles

Learn how to make scented soy candles

Special article by guest writer Sashka


With quality supplies and your own glassware containers, you can create unique scented soy container candles that will accent your home's decor and reflect your personal style. Making beautiful but simple soy container candles does not require any special skills, just care in handling the hot wax and a little creativity.

Begin by covering your work surface with newspaper, aluminum foil or paper toweling to protect it from any spills. You may also wish to lay down a large rubber mat to protect your flooring.

Organize your Supplies and Equipment

In addition to the wax, wicks, containers, dyes and scents, you will need a melting pot, a pour pot, a clip-on candle making thermometer, a cookie sheet, a glue gun, popsicle sticks, straws and clothes pins.

In each popsicle stick, drill a hole large enough to thread with a wick.

If you're using glass jars for your soy container candles, place them on a cookie sheet and warm them in a 150-degree oven. This will prevent the glass from cracking when you pour the hot wax and will minimize wet spots on the containers.

Prepare your Wax

  1. Measure the needed amount of wax into your melting pot. Clip the thermometer to the pot's side and monitor the temperature. Wax should be brought to 170 degrees. Adjust the heat under the pot to maintain the temperature.

  2. Once the temperature reaches 170 degrees, you can add the candle dye. There are liquid candle dyes specially formulated to work with candle wax. These dyes are highly concentrated, and you can create the exact color you want by adjusting the number of drops you add to the wax. Color charts will guide you to creating the exact shade you desire. You may consider using crayons to color your candles. This will work, but crayons will not produce a quality candle. Pigments used in crayons clog the wick and will result in poorly burning candles. Additionally, crayons are sold with only one of each color per box. This would require the purchase of several boxes should you wish to make a set of candles all one color. For vibrant colors and clean burning, liquid dyes are the most economical way to color your wax. Note that liquid food dyes will not work for candle making. These dyes contain water, which does not mix with wax. Candles colored with food dye will not burn.

  3. You can now add your fragrance. For a highly scented soy container candle, use one ounce of 100-percent pure fragrance oil for each pound of wax. Oils are sold by volume, so use a liquid measuring cup for the most accurate measure. Make sure your wax is heated to 170 degrees. Too much heat will burn off the fragrance. Pour in your fragrance oil. Slowly stir for two minutes to allow the fragrance to bond with the wax and dye.

Candle Safety

Never leave melting wax unattended.

Do not heat wax above 275F. It could catch fire. If it does, DO NOT USE WATER to put it out - it will cause the fire to spread. Use baking soda or a pot lid to smother it.

Prepare your Containers

While your colored and scented wax is simmering at 170 degrees, prepare your containers for pouring.

Remove the warmed glass containers from the oven. Select a wick the correct size for your candle. The aim is to create a wax pool across the diameter of your container. There are different wicks to choose from; the 44-24-18z and 51-32-18z work well with most containers.

Thread the wick through a firm drinking straw. This will make wick placement easier. Turn the straw so the wick tab faces up and coat the tab with a generous amount of hot glue. Position the wick in the center of your container.

For wider soy container candles you may wish to use two, or even three wicks. Two wicks, placed three-quarters of an inch apart, work well in 16-ounce apothecary jar candles.

Pour your Candles

You are now ready to pour. Make sure pouring pot is warm so that the wax does not harden too soon.

Pour the wax slowly into the container to discourage bubbles from forming. You may wish to angle your container, but this is not necessary. Save some wax for a second pour.

The wick will loosen as you pour the hot wax. To tighten, thread the wick through a popsicle stick and draw it tight. Attach the wick to the popsicle stick with a clothespin.

After a few hours of cooling, a sinkhole will form in the center of your soy container candle. At this time, use a skewer to poke relief holes in the wax. This will let out trapped air. This step may be skipped if you are using a one-pour wax.

When the soy container candle has completely cooled, which will take several hours, you can fill in the sinkhole with a second pour. Heat the wax to 180 degrees. This higher temperature will ensure the second pour fully bonds with the first.

Let your candle harden, trim your wick and you'll have a beautiful, fragrant soy container candle.

Sashka loves to write about decorating, home improvement, arts and crafts, creative candle making and other DIY projects. This post was inspired by simple and creative soy container candle making tips and ideas.

What Next?

Click on the links below to view more pages with instructions for soy candle making, plus how-to videos, essential oil blends to scent your candles, and a chat page where you can ask (and answer) questions, share your problems and celebrate your successes.

Instructions for Soy Container Candles

Essential Oil Blends for Soy Wax Scented Candles

Soy Candle Making Supplies

Soy Candle Making Tips

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