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How to Make a Soy Wax Votive Candle
Making a soy wax votive candle is a fun and easy craft for almost any adult. With a little trial and error, you can make a fragrant, colorful soy wax candle that will rival the pros!
Here's what you need to make a soy wax votive candle:
- soy pillar wax (make sure you're not attempting to use container wax to make your votive)
- an assortment of votive wicks designed for soy pillar wax
- a glass measuring cup
- a meat thermometer or candy thermometer
- a metal stir stick
- a microwave oven
- candle dye (optional)
- candle fragrance oil (optional)
If you're unsure of where to get your supplies, you can see a short list of reliable suppliers on my article about making palm wax pillar candles.
Put the soy pillar wax flakes in the measuring cup and start melting them in the microwave. You will need to melt around two and a half ounces of wax for each votive, or about seven and a half to eight ounces for three votives.
When the wax flakes have melted and heated up to around 180* Fahrenheit, add your dye and fragrance oil. You shouldn't need more than a half ounce of fragrance for each set of three votives that you make.
When the wax has cooled to around 160*
Fahrenheit, pour into your votive molds until the wax reaches just below
the rim of the mold. You should have about half an ounce to an ounce of
wax left over if you are making three soy wax votives.
As the wax cools further, it will develop a "skin" on the top. At this point, stick your wick through the "skin", centering it as accurately as possible in the votive.
After about half an hour, reheat the remaining wax to approximately 180* Fahrenheit. Gently top off your votives for a lovely, rounded top.
In about twelve hours, your votives should be ready to remove from the molds. They should slide easily out of the mold. If after 24 hours, the soy wax votives still will not slide out of the mold, place in the freezer for 2 or 3 minutes.
Let the candles "cure" for two or three days before burning if you put fragrance oil in your votives. This allows the fragrance to set and your votive candles will burn with a richer, more developed and complex scent.
Be sure to burn your soy votive candles in a tight-fitting votive holder, as they will melt into liquid as they burn.
That's it! Now's the time to relax, and enjoy the soy wax votive that you made!