Knowing how to make scented soy candles allows you to craft wedding gifts or gifts for friends. The first thing you need is wax. Soy wax is all natural and burns clean. It is also fast to melt this type of wax in the microwave as opposed to a double boiler. You can find this type of wax in large containers of candle making supplies, many of them inclusive of useful information such as how many wax chips per wick, etc.
The Tools to make scented soy candles:
You want to start with a chopstick and measure the temperature of the wax with a candle thermometer. Melt it in a heat safe container, one with a pouring spout. A three inch travel tin, or any size tin or container, will suffice to hold your finished product. You need to know the size before you start so that you can cut off the appropriate amount of wax to melt. You can refer to the container on your wax for the appropriate amount. Then you want to weigh the wax on a kitchen scale.
To scent the candle, you can use any scent you want. Eucalyptus is a wonderful scent to use on your first attempt because it is a calm and relaxing scent. It is best to find scented oils for such a project and to measure the number of drops based on the size of your candle. For color, you can select a dye block which you cut with a potato peeler on index cards. Green is a great color to accompany eucalyptus.
Many people misunderstand the process of measuring the amount of wax you want to melt. You might believe that you need only fill your selected container with wax chips and then melt it, but there is a great deal of air in the wax chips which is what makes it imperative to measure the weight of your selected tin before you measure the coinciding weight of the wax.
You should measure the amount of wax without the weight of the dish or tin, and add a bit extra to cover accidents or spills.
At this point you want to begin adding the wax into your oven safe container until you reach the weight you desire. It is always best to have too much wax compared to having too little. You never want to go through all of the effort only to have a stump of a candle in the end.
Now it is time to prepare the wick. You want to start out by washing and drying your tin after which you should use a pre-waxed wick of a large size. The pre-waxed wick is something you want to use in conjunction with soy wax. Many of these packages will indicate the instructions listed on the back of the wax container. In order to determine the size of the wick you want to measure the diameter of the container in question. It is at this point you want to refer back to the packaging of the soy wax.
The wick will have a tab at the bottom which can be stuck to the bottom of the container in question with a wick keeper which is a foam double stick dot used to hold it in place. You want to peel off one side and stick it to the bottom of your container and then center the wick in the bottom of your container.
The Melting Process:
After this point you want to melt your wax and add the color to make scented soy candles. Pay particular attention to what the instructions on the bottom of your wax package state for the ideal temperature. Ideally the wax will be between 160° and 180°. The way you want to melt wax is to place the container into the microwave for 30 seconds at a time. It will take an average of three minutes but each time you take it out at 30 second intervals so you can test the temperature to see how high it is. You also want to stir it regularly so that all of the pieces are dissolved equally.
This type of wax is almost a white color when it is cool so the color you receive after mixing your wax coloring will not be the exact color produced when the candle is hardened. It will always be a bit more pastel than that. In order for you to gauge the color that you will receive as an end result you can always take out a tiny drop of the still melted wax and place it on an index card. The index card will show you the color you will receive once the wax hardens. After this point you want to add the scent. If you refer to the packaging details once again on the package it will indicate to you the exact temperature that the wax should be prior to adding the scent. In many cases you have to allow the wax to cool down ever so slightly before adding this. But overall, these are the steps you need to know how to make scented soy candles.