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30 July 2015

Cucumber Melon and Patchouli Soy Candles

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No, not together. Two different candle colors and scents, but the same technique!  Today, we are going to make simple soy candles in little tins that are great for gifting or just to have around for burning.  Follow along to learn how to make these candles and then enter to WIN a Maker's Kit to make your own at the bottom of the post! (There will be a total of FIVE winners for the FIVE different kits featured this week!) GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

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This is Makers Week here at the Nest and I have partnered with Maker's Kit
to bring you these fun ideas and a chance to WIN every single craft you see this week!

SUPPLIES:

  • Soy Chips - 1/2 pound
  • Small Tins (Glass or Ceramic work too!)
  • Wicks
  • Stir stick or spoon
  • Various Fragrance or Color Additives
  • Waxed Paper or Cardboard (for spills)
  • Rubbing alcohol in spray bottle
  • Various Gifting Ribbons, etc.
Sea Glass Soy Candle  Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons
*When you buy a Maker's Kit, ALL the supplies you need in the exact amounts you need are included.  You WILL be paying more than if you buy the ingredients in bulk, but if this is your first foray into candle-making, a kit is a fun and easy was to initiate yourself!


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.

Sea Glass Soy Candle  Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

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.

Sea Glass Soy Candle  Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons
8. While hot, spray the top of the candle with a little rubbing alcohol to reduce air bubbles.


Sea Glass Soy Candle  Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

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.

Sea Glass Soy Candle  Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

10.  Once the candle is completely firm, trim the wick and gift or burn!

Watch the instructional video HERE!

Buy the soy candle kit HERE!

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Want to WIN the full soy candle kit?  You can! 
Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one of the 5 Maker's Kits I am featuring this week!

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3 COMMENTS:

Chatterley Thursday, July 30, 2015  

My favorite are still the lighted marquee letters! :)

Amy Renea Thursday, July 30, 2015  

I love those too!

Darlene Wright Thursday, July 30, 2015  

I like the Growing Kit because I like to watch things grow!

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