How to Make Soy Chunk Candles
candles are made by filling a glass container with chunks of colored,
scented wax, and then poured over with another color/scent that will
allow the colored chunks to show through when it is set. These are
beautifull candles that make some neat colors when the chunks melt
together with the overpour color, as well as mingling both scents
together as it melts.
will be posting pictures sometime in the next few days so you can see
the process better*
Now for how to
make soy chunk candles in containers.
First what you will need:
- Sharp knife (like a steak knife, smooth bladed)
- Scale. Digital scales are best for more precise measurement.
- Candy thermometer. These don't cost much at the store
- Rubber spatula that can handle some heat (I've used some
cheap ones that curled up on me. Nothing horrible, but it's nice to
have ones that don't curl up from the heat)
- 8x8 square metal cake pan lined with wax paper
all the way up the sides.
- 2 lbs of soy container wax (I get mine
in Eugene, Oregon)
- Four 8oz glass jars. I prefer the square mason
jars, but any canning type jar will work fine.
boiler type setup. You can use a pot with about an inch or so of water
in the bottom and a metal bowl sitting on top of it. You can also just
get a pour pot specifically for candle making and set it inside a pot
that has water in the bottom. NEVER
heat wax on the stove without water
surrounding, or underneath the container of wax!!
- 4 CD-18 candle wicks (you can try size 16 too,
but the 18's worked best for me)
- 4 wick stickers to secure candle wick to bottom
- 4 long clipits, or twixits bag clips (like the ones from
Pampered Chef, or IKEA ). These fit very nicely across the top of the
jars with the wick clipped into place so it won't move while the wax
cools. Keeps it nice and centered!
- 1oz vanilla fragrance oil
- 1oz White Cake candle fragrance oil
- 3-4 drops yellow candle dye
Where do you get these soy
? (click on the link for a list of soy candle
Making the Soy Candle Chunks
First thing I do is get all my supplies together in one place.
Then go ahead and put water in the bottom of the pot.
your melting pot that the wax will go into on the scale and 0 it out.
Now pour in your wax until you have 1lb of wax on the scale.
Set the melting pot into the pot of water (or on top of the
pot if you have a double boiler set up).
Turn the stove on med low. (If
yours goes from 1-10, then set it on about 3 just to make sure it
doesn't get too hot) Use
an electric stove, not gas!
Then put your candy thermometer in the wax and
it would be a good idea to
set your timer
for about 15min. so you
remember to check it.
When the wax temp reaches 185-190 degrees, take
the melting pot off the stove , set it onto the scale and 0 it out.
Then add 1oz (by weight) of vanilla fragrance oil and
stir with a rubber spatula ( a good one that can handle the heat!) .
Just give it a few stirs and then add about 4 drops of the yellow dye
and stir until the dye is completely incorporated into the wax.
Now for more waiting! Set your timer for about 15min. again so
you remember to check on the wax. Once the wax is cooled to about
95-100 degrees, you should see it starting to get a little slushy
looking. Now it is time to pour the cooled soy wax into the 8x8 wax
paper lined pan. Use the spatula to help any remaining wax out.
Now for some more waiting hehe. :)
the wax in the pan has cooled so that the center is still soft, but not
liquid at all, just about the consistancy of butter (Use your finger to
gently press to see how soft it is) use your sharp knife to cut
lengthwise strips however wide you want your squares to be. I usually
make my cuts about 3/4"-1" apart and then after you've cut the wax
lengthwise, go ahead and make your cuts across, so it is cut into
squares. Now leave the wax to cool completely before breaking
them apart. Usually an hour or 2 depending on the room temperature.
In the mean time.....
glass candle containers out, put the wick stickers on the bottom of the
metal wick tab and center your wicks in your jars. Push down firmly to
be sure the wick sticks nicely. If the wick stickers aren't
wanting to stick to the jar I always just warm the jars up (on lowest
oven setting, or stick each jar in the hot water you used for melting
the wax, for a few seconds) and then the
wick stickers will stick nice and firm.
Arranging the Soy Chunks/Squares
that your squares are cooled, you can gently break them apart.
Now it's time to
arrange your squares. Just place one row of wax chunks around the edge
of the container and continue stacking one row on top of the other
until you reach about 3/4" from the top. (for an 8oz candle by weight,
you only fill an 8oz mason jar to about 3/4" from the top). You can
also place your jar on the scale and 0 it out, and then place your
chunks in the jar until you have 4oz of wax chunks.
Final Over Pour
Now for the final stage! You can start melting the remaining 1lb of soy
wax for the over pour just before you arrange the wax chunks in the
jars if you want something to do while you wait for the wax to melt.
So just melt your next 1lb of soy wax, just like you did for the chunks
the first time. Same temp, measurements and everything. Remember to set your timer
you don't forget about it!
Once it is melted to 185-190 degrees, take it off the stove and add
your 1oz of White Cake candle fragrance oil and stir. You will not use
any dye this time, so once the fragrance oil is incorporated well and
you don't see any oils in the wax anymore, then, again, time to wait
for the wax to cool! And set your timer :)
Let the wax cool to the same temp as above..95-100 degrees.
Now pour about 4 oz into each jar and clip the bag clips onto the wick
so that it is firm and centered sitting across the top of the jars.
If you have extra wax shavings or chunks from the soy wax chunks you
broke apart, you can sprinkle small pieces onto the tops before they
harden for a lovely appearance!
Well, that's it! That is how to make soy chunk candles. I should be
adding some pictures soon!