First off, as far as soy candle making wax goes, soy is relatively new in the industry. With out a doubt soy candle making an excellent choice of wax for all your container and pillar projects. The industry is constantly searching for materials with characteristics that lend themselves to candle making but go the next step and are eco-friendly and natural too.
Soy wax is made from soybeans. Because soybeans are commonly raised in the mid west USA, it is easy to find in many crafting stores. One rumor floating around the candle making community is soy is water soluble. In fact, this is far from the truth. Think about it. If soy wax was water soluble you would have a world without any soy wax candles. A simple concept. Yet, soy waxes are prevalent in almost every candle shop in America and abroad.
Let’s take a closer look at these waxes. Basic candles will most often use soy and paraffin waxes. These waxes are used often because they are relatively easy to work with. The preferred wax is often soy between the two of these. Soy is a natural wax so it consequently burns without smoke or odors. In addition soy wax burns longer than paraffin wax.
Cotton wicks – Once again you can find these wicks at an arts and crafts store. Make sure that the length of the wick that you use is longer than the length of the beeswax sheets that you got. The reason why we suggest that you use cotton wicks is because, like the beeswax, they are all natural.
Step # 7. Now the easy Ecoponics process is almost done. Place the candle you have made in to a second sheet of beeswax. Line it up just as you did the wick.
A double boiler or a candle pour pot – If you are just starting out searching for soy wax candle making supplies then and a double boiler is a great find. If you have some extra money to spare then invest in a candle pour pot as this is great for candle making purposes. If you do not have too much money to spare then you can always make your own double boiler. You can do this by using an empty soup can and a boiling pot. Use the boiling pot as the bottom pan and the soup can as the top pan.
After you have added your dye and fragrance it will be time to pour your candles. It is recommended that a gel candle should be poured between 185 and 200 degrees. Try to pour slowly to reduce the amount of bubbles forming inside the candles. Pouring at a lower temperature will add to the amount of bubbles you end up with. You are now going to allow the candles to cool down for a couple of hours. After letting your candle cool down for several hours you will have to trim the candle wicks and that’s it you have just completed your very first gel candle fell free to try out different colors sizes and scents.