DIY soy candles

I’m getting married at the end of next year, and love crafty stuff, so I’m making a lot of my own things to use on the day. I’ve chosen to go down the DIY path for a couple of different reasons. Firstly, because it’s fun, but also because there are certain things I’d like that I just can’t find anywhere, or they’re way overpriced. It also means I’m generally saving money. To kick off my first DIY post, I’ve decided to show the soy candles I’m making. If you’re trying to save money, these are probably not the way to go, as buying bulk tealight candles would be a whole lot cheaper. I chose soy wax because it burns cleaner than standard parafin wax, and generally burns for longer. I also made sure it contained no GMO material (unfortunately a lot of soy does these days). I chose to exclude colours and fragrances. The raw colour is really nice already, and once you start adding colours and fragrances it gets a lot tricker (if you want to do it properly). Plus, the fresh flowers on the day will already provide enough scents. The first step is to melt your wax. A lot of sites say to just stick it in the microwave until it melts. This is okay if you want okay candles. But if you want better than okay then you need to melt the wax at the right temperature (this varies depending on the wax you use). I bought my wax (and most of the other equipment I used) from Aussie Candle Supplies who advise what temperature each wax is best melted at. If doing it on the stove (as I did), you should do it in a double boiler so you don’t burn the wax. I melted mine in an aluminium pouring pot as you can see below. Soy - melting wax1 As with melting the wax at a certain temperature, the same applies with pouring it. If you pour it too hot or cold it might not set right, or it might not adhere to the glass (soy wax has a low melting temperature so it’s generally contained within glass). Soy - melting wax I chose to use small glass jars that I bought online. I would have prefered to use recycled jars, however in this instance I bought them. I bought the wicks (based on the type of wax I had) at a length suited to the size of the jars, with metal tabs at their base. This holds them in place when the wax is setting. You can also buy lengths of wick which you can trim yourself (I’ll be doing this at a later stage with other bigger jars that I already have). Soy - wicks When your wax is at the right pouring temperature, you simply pour it into each container. From what I’ve read, room temperature plays a part in how successfully they set and adhere to the glass. I’ve also been told to avoid putting them in the fridge to set. Soy - setting As they set they’ll slowly go cloudy (above), then the nice creamy colour below. Soy - drying I’ll be adding some twine around the top of each jar to finish them off. I’ve roughly done this in the below photo. Soy - finished1 So far, I’ve been testing two to see how long they burn for. Both have been used for over a total of eight hours, which is great. When in use, the wax completely melts to a liquid (given its low melt rate), then re-sets when the flame is blown out. Below are the details of where I bought each item. Aussie candle supplies – soy wax (GW 464) – cottonbraid wicks (ACS 3.0) – aluminium pouring pot – glass thermometer – plastic pouring pot Just Jars – 100ml round jar (no lid) They’re really quite easy to make, and lots of fun!