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Making Soy Wax Candles

What is Soy Wax?

In 1993, soy wax was invented. A man named Michael Richards is accredited with this accomplishment. Soy wax is made from soybeans, the same plant used to make tofu. This wax IS the latest craze. Soy is actually a pure vegetable wax that has been demanding the candle making spotlight recently.

· It is 100% and completely natural and biodegradable · It has a very clean burn and produces no petro-carbon soot · It is non-toxic and environmentally friendly no mining, or habitat destruction involved · It is made from renewable resources · In wax form it is safe around children and pets · It provides a longer burn time because it burns slower and cooler than paraffin waxes · It helps the American farmers because it creates growth for the agricultural section of the economy · Since it is in flake form it is super easy to work with and a breeze to clean up off surfaces · Requires no repours for candle making · It has a descent cold scent throw in candles

Now, there is a list that you can get excited about! And, on top of all of these advantages, Natures Garden's 100% soy wax can also be used for other products as well. Our soy wax is Kosher. This means that the wax was made according to the strict dietary Jewish laws. It is ritually fit for use and compliant. That's right, you guessed it, and our soy wax is edible. Although we do not advise that you use fragranced wax, in its original flake form, you can add it to baked items like pizza and biscuits. This wonderful addition will provide a flakier crust. You can even sauté vegetables in it. Outside of the kitchen, our soy wax can be used to make lip balm, and it can be added to other cosmetic formulas. Even with a hearty list of advantages like that, there are some downfalls of using soy wax. · In candle form, the hot throw of soy wax candles usually does not compare to the hot scent throw of paraffin candles. · In candle form, the appearance of the wax may have a grainy look to it · In candle form, discoloration may result from overheating during production.

· Candles made with soy wax cannot produce the vibrant colors that paraffin wax candles do. · Soy Wax candles take longer to make than paraffin candles. · Currently, we have not found a soy wax that performs well in pillar or votive form. The pillars and votives we have made with so-called pillar soy waxes tend to crack around the wick.

Making Soy Wax Candles As with any project you are about to begin, the first step is making sure you have all of the equipment you will need readily available. Required Equipment Natures Garden 100% Soy Wax Natures Garden Fragrance Oils Color Block Pouring Pot Thermometer Glass containers Wicks A digital scale A cookie sheet A stainless steel utensil Hot Glue Gun Glue Sticks 1. Using your digital scale, correctly weigh out the amount of wax you will be using. Set this aside. Plug in your hot glue gun to get it warmed and ready. 2. The next step will be melting your wax. Never leave melting wax unattended. The best way to melt your wax is the double boiler method. You will want to periodically check the temperature by using your thermometer. Soy wax should NEVER GO ABOVE 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Heating above this temperature may discolor and burn your wax. a. The double boiler melt: Grab a large pot. Fill it with water to the half way point. Place the water filled pot on your stovetop burner. Turn the appropriate burner on medium heat. Place your pouring pot into the large pot; carefully place your allotted amount of soy wax into the empty pouring pot. Now, patiently wait for the water to boil. Once the water becomes heated, the wax will begin to melt, gently stir the flakes. You will periodically want to stir the wax in order to keep all of the wax at the same temperature.

3. While you are melting your wax, preheat your oven to the lowest temperature available. Place your glass containers on the cookie sheet. Carefully set the cookie sheet in the oven. Allow the glass containers to warm. This should take about 1015 minutes on low heat. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven with oven mittens and set them aside when the time is up. 4. Once all of your wax is in liquid form, you will want to check the temperature with your thermometer. You are looking to get the soy wax to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you hit this temperature, you are safe to add your fragrance oil and coloring. With the natural composition of soy, you must add your fragrance and color to this wax at a hot temperature. Do not wait. The hotter the temperature, the better chance the soy wax has to combine with the fragrance and color.

a. For the fragrance oil that you are using, the standard suggestion is 1-1 ½ ounces of oil per pound of wax. Add this at 185 degrees Fahrenheit.

b. For best results for coloring, we suggest that you use either color blocks or powdered dyes. Although using liquid dye is not unheard of, there is a chance that due to the solvents in the dyes, coloring may be blotchy or will give your candles a frosted look. Add this at 185 degrees Fahrenheit.

5. Once you have the color and fragrance added you will want to stir your wax for at least 2 full minutes. This stir time also helps with the mixing and combining of the wax, fragrance, and color.

6. Now that the two minutes are up, it is time to wait for you wax to cool before pouring. What you are looking for is a pour temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Pouring at this degree will allow for your candles to have a smoother surface. 7. While you are waiting, it is time to wick your candles. Using a hot glue gun place a small drop of glue in the centered bottom of each container. Immediately stick one of your pretabbed wicks on top of each glue dot. For our 100% soy wax, we recommend using a CD wick. Zinc wicks are NOT recommended. 8. Once you reach the 110 degree temperature that you are looking for, slowly pour the wax into each container. The consistency of the wax will be slushy. You will want to stop each pour where your container changes shape.

9. Once your wax is poured, you will not want to move your containers until they are fully set. Once this has occurred, lid each container to really allow the scent of the wax to absorb. For best results, allow your candles to cure 24-48 hours.. 10. Once the cure time is over, trim your wick, lit your new candle, and enjoy your fragrant accomplishment. Please note: Soy wax naturally provides a rough mottled appearance on the surface of the candles, however, if you would like for the surface to be flat, use a heat gun or hair dryer to smooth out the surface. Also, make sure that the first time you burn your candle; you make it a memory burn. A memory burn is a complete wet pool of hot wax on the top of your candle. This will ensure that every time you burn your candle, you will not have any tunneling around the wick, or extra wax stuck to the sides of the container. Establishing a memory burn will also allow for your scent throw to be the best possible since you are using all of your scented wax completely.

Kicking it up a notch:

Since soy wax candles tend to have unattractive candle tops when they set up, here is an idea that you can do to cover up the tops. Make Soy Wax Crumble for the tops of your container candles. In order to make soy wax crumble, please follow the guide below. 1. Place soy wax flakes in a gallon sized zip-lock bag. Add coloring/ fragrance. 2. Mix the contents in the bag by shaking the bag and by scrunching the contents of the bag until the flakes are broken into small pieces. 3. Spoon the soy wax crumble into your jar. Be careful not to add the crumble until the soy wax candle is almost set up. If you add it too early, the crumble may begin to melt, or it will fall into the candle wax. 4. Trim your wicks. Cure for at least 2 days. Burn those wonderful candles!.

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