If there is one thing I just can’t seem to abide by it’s a double boiler. I hate those things. I hate them, hate them, hate them! It’s prevented me from lots of candy making and other deliciousness simply because I refuse to use them. I have one, but it has only seen the light of day once and the experience only increased my dislike of the awful double pot business.
It’s irrational, this little feeling of mine, and I totally understand that. Rather than try to get over in it I embrace the hate. And since my stubbornness basically meant that there would be no candle-making for me I kept on saying no to anything that required one of the evil contraptions.
But then I learned that soy flakes can be melted in the microwave. Sis, boom, pow! I’m making candles now! And I’m about to show you how to and I’m going to go ahead and let the cat out of the bag at the very beginning here… it’s stupidly easy.
For this project you will need:
- Soy wax flakes
- Jar, dish or other item to mold the candle in
- Hot glue
- Candle color (optional)
- Candle scent (I used essential oil)
- a crazy contraption or mish mash to keep the wicks standing (see below)
This is a leaf baking dish from Michael’s. I loved it and wanted to use it somehow. I decided that it could be an awesome little gift to give during Autumn. Once the candle has been burned they have a cute little dish to use for candy or whatever! And, yes, it totally gets the stamp of approval from Marla.
To start we need to measure out the amount of wax we need to melt in the microwave. You need twice the amount of wax as your vessel will hold.
The wax melts down to roughly half of what you measure out use your dish or jar or whatever and fill it up twice and put into a glass, microwave safe bowl.
Since this dish is quite big I’m putting 3 wicks inside so that it will hopefully burn all around. If you’ve ever made or purchased a candle where there aren’t enough wicks you know that the melting wax keeps putting out the flame. And that sucks.
Place your wicks inside of your vessel and attach to the bottom using hot glue.
Just a dab of glue is all you really need, but make sure that the wicks will stay put. I tried out a tilt test. It worked!
Gather the things you’ll be adding to your wax once it has melted. My momma has become quite fond of lemongrass scent so I used this essential oil scent her candle. And I must say, it smells AMAZING! I also used caramel color additive for wax to make my candle a pretty, creamy tan color (not pictured).
Melt your wax in the microwave in increments stirring in between each session. Everybody always tells you to do microwaving in, like, 20 second or 30 second intervals but this soy wax didn’t melt fast enough for my impatient self. I went a minute a go and it took a good 5 minutes to get the wax all melted down!
Once melted you can add your scent and coloring. Now the color is a lot like wet fabric… it looks darker when liquid but as it sets it it will pale significantly.
I totally wasn’t thinking about keeping my wicks standing and out of the melting wax until after I filled up my leaf mold. Before you get as far as I did, grab a few things and experiment until your wicks, held with string can stand straight up. here I’m using Eskimo Joe cups, embroidery floss and plastic knives. It wasn’t pretty but it worked.
I did mess up by not pulling the extra floss out of the wax. Ugh.
So as my candle set up I yanked the string out and it worked okay for the top and left wick but left a HUGE gouge on the right wick. It’s blatantly obvious of my screw up so it had to be fixed!
Grab your hair dryer and soften the wax with the heat. This is one that looks like a curling iron and the wand part unscrews so mine probably looks different than yours. While the wax is melting tip the candle around so that the hole is filled with melted wax. Allow to set up and repeat as many times as necessary.
You can also use this method to just smooth out the surface of your candle too!
You can see that the surface isn’t perfectly perfect but it is tons better than it was. Eventually I got tired of melting wax and at this point I was all “meh, good enough”.
It’s a fun little fall decoration and it goes well with some of Momma’s other decor. It rests on the kitchen island right now and smells so good and so clean!
If you’re interested in trying candle-making I think this is the perfect first project! It’s super easy and really confidence building for using molds and whatnot!