Preparing for Soy Candle Making
Pure soy candles have a very low melting point. That means that, unlike paraffin, the entire top of your candle becomes a pool of melted wax when the wick is burning. For this reason, pure soy candles need to be housed in a container. This is the fun part!
Start collecting glass containers from anywhere you can find. In the picture to the right you'll see that I have a B&M baked bean jar, sake cups, water goblets and some miscellaneous heart shaped containers. Most of these were yard sale items and many mismatched pieces that wouldn't find much use elsewhere. A word of caution when selecting your containers: If you pick clear glass, I recommend selecting glass that is textured. Why? Wet spots will happen, even in soy candles sold in retail stores. Don't worry, there is nothing wrong with your candle and it isn't actually wet, it will just look like the wax didn't ever dry in one spot. It isn't very pretty and it will bug you, the texture disguises it.
You'll also want to start collecting containers for mixing and melting your wax. Soy wax is super easy to melt in the microwave....yes, the microwave! So hit the thrift shops and yard sales in pursuit of large glass measuring cups. You can not only melt your wax in these but they are easy to pour from as well. Plastic will start to deform as it holds that hot liquid so definitely stick with the glass.
What else will you need? Head over to 'Upcycled Stuff' to find your "shopping list"!
Tricia promises to meet us back here this weekend for Part 2, so get your supplies together and we'll see you soon!