Welcome to your new hobby of soy candle making! Soy candles are at least 90% cleaner burning than their petroleum counterparts, and because they burn at a cooler temperature than paraffin, soy candles will generally burn 25-50% longer.
IMPORTANT: Wax has a flash point generally between 290-380 degrees and may burst into flames once it reaches that point. Always use a thermometer when melting wax, and be careful when handling the hot wax. Growandmake.com assumes no responsibility for injury which may result from candle making.
Let’s get started!
MELTING THE WAX
Be sure you are using soy wax that is specific for container/tea light candles – A different type of soy wax is used for votive and other mold candles. Place pre-measured wax inside the pour/melting pot, then place pour pot inside a larger pot with a few inches of water; heat the water on the stove to begin melting the wax (1.5 lbs of wax makes 50 .5 oz tea lights). Place the thermometer inside the pour pot with the melting wax, and keep a close eye on the temperature of the wax at all times. The temperature of the melted wax should be regulated around 170 degrees.
Once your melted wax is at 170 degrees you can add your candle dye. One Flutter Dye™ per pound of wax will give you a medium shade candle, half a Flutter Dye™ will make your color lighter, and 2 Flutter Dyes™ will make your candle darker. Stir the color with the wax for a full two minutes so the color will bond with the wax.
GETTING READY TO POUR
After the color has been added, let the wax cool to 110-115 degrees and stir frequently while cooling. Allowing the wax to cool before before pouring will help prevent the cracking, flaking and discoloration that is common with soy waxes. Line up all tea light holders to prepare for the pour.
POURING THE CANDLES
Slowly pour wax into tea light holders. Place a wick in the center of each candle, trying to keep the wick as straight as possible before the wax begins to harden.
Let your candles cool completely before moving or using. Congratulations, you have made your own soy tea light candles! Now that you are ready to make more, visit www.growandmake.com to purchase a Candle Resupply Kit and other candle making supplies.