Cucumber Melon and Patchouli Soy Candles
- Soy Chips - 1/2 pound
- Small Tins (Glass or Ceramic work too!)
- Stir stick or spoon
- Various Fragrance or Color Additives
- Waxed Paper or Cardboard (for spills)
- Rubbing alcohol in spray bottle
- Various Gifting Ribbons, etc.
INSTRUCTIONS:1. Start by laying out all your supplies. Parts of this process move farily quickly, so you want to have everything on hand.
2. Open up the Maker's Kit video HERE whether you are making a kit or not. There are great tips for candle making!
3. Start by heating up your soy chips in a microwave safe bowl 30-60 seconds at a time. The Maker's Kit folks suggest a double boiler, but I just use a basic bowl and heat slowly. You do not want to heat the wax to boiling or it can explode. Use caution!
4. Once the wax is melted, add any fragrance or color you wish. I added the included cucumber melon to one candle and saved the red color chip for the second. (I think the red color with cucumber melon scent is a little ???) For the red candle, I added in 5-7 drops of patchouli for an earthy candle. You can add any essential oil you choose for scent and commercial food dye gels are great for colorings!
5. Dip the metal wick bottom in the hot wax and place it on the bottom of the tin. I do this a couple times to get a nice thick wax seal for the wick. Allow it to dry.
6. CAREFULLY pour hot wax into tin. It will burn, so you might want to wear the gloves included in your kit. If you spill a little wax on the waxed paper, let it dry and it will peel right off and can be reheated.
7. Prop the wick up so it goes straight up the center of the candle and allow the candle to cure at room temperature.
9. When the candle is "jiggly" like Jello, you can add in "pretty things" if you wish. Anything that does not readily burn is an option to decorate the surface of your candle. I chose to add in some pretty sea glass that I have been collecting from the ocean. If one piece sinks in your candle, leave it be and wait until the candle has set up and is firmer. Once all bits are placed on the surface of the candle, spray once more with a little rubbing alcohol to set.