Wednesday, May 11, 2011

How To Make Soy Candles

Use the scent of fresh, zesty citrus and make handmade candles with this easy 4 step guide from HomeLife, for a chic gift that will lift the spirits.

Equipment is available at craft stores, or in kits from Candle Making

Equipment (makes 6)
6 small votive candle glasses
500g white soy wax
Double saucepan
1 tsp pure essential oil of choice (orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit)
6 tabbed wicks
1 skewer
6 clothes pegs

1. Prepare your work area close to the stove.Lay down newspaper in case any wax is spilled, then arrange votive glasses on top.
2. Melt wax in the top of a double saucepan over simmering water. Add essential oil; stir.
3. Use ladle to carefully pour wax into the glasses. Place wicks in each glass, positioning with the skewer. Hold wicks in place by securing at the top with a peg.
4. Leave to set overnight. The next day, if the wax has dipped in the centre of the candles, melt more wax and top up. Once set, use scissors to trim wicks to 0.5cm in length.

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