Candlemaking

Roll up your sleeves and throw some Christmas tunes on, because it’s time to learn the age old craft of candle-making. Aside from being a useful skill to know, we wanted to make sure this month’s theme went with the time of year. And what’s more “December” than great smells and some candlelight?

What you received this month FullSizeRender1

  • 2 lbs of soy candle wax
  • 4 die block colors
  • 5 candle wicks
  • 1 oz of Fudge fragrance
  • 1 oz of Hazelnut Coffee fragrance
  • 1 oz of Apple & Maple Bourbon fragrance
  • 1 disposable paper mold

We’ve carefully curated your starter kit to allow you to experiment, as well as enough material to make 5 large candles. We hope it goes a long way for giving something unique to your friends and family this holiday season.

Supplies to make your first candle

Think of this as your starter candle to iron out all the kinks.introphoto

  • 6 oz of soy candle wax
  • 1 disposable paper mold OR a glass jar
  • 1 rolled up piece of tin foil OR a wooden stick (pencil will work)
  • 1 oz of your scent of choice
  • 1 die block of your test color
  • 1 wick
  • Double boiler (or create your own with two pots)
  • Stirring stick
  • 1 tall glass or metal vessel for heating
  • Scissors or knife

Before you start, double check you have all the supplies at the ready. If you decide to go the glass jar route, use a thicker glass so the candle’s flame won’t make it shatter.

NOTE: Don’t add the fragrance in until the end otherwise it will evaporate with the heat.

Step 1: Start by filling your bottom pot (double boiler) half way with water to get the boil going, but keep the top pot dry.
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Step 2: Use a taller glass or metal vessel to actually melt the wax…. Something you can pour out of easily because this will be used to put melted wax into a mold or candle jar. Also, be certain that if you use glass, it’s thick enough to withstand the heat. Add in around 6 ounces of the soy candle wax into this vessel and place inside the dry pot. Now bring it all to a boil. This is going to take some time, so turn up the music, maybe pour a drink… It’s up to you. Once you see it start to melt, the wax will turn a yellow kind of color, you’ll want to stir occasionally.

glass vessel

Step 3: While the wax is melting, it’s a good time to get the wick set. You wan’t the wick to be center and extremely straight. To achieve this, use aluminum foil rolled into a straw shape, or chop sticks, a wooden stick – basically anything that takes on the shape of a straight line. You want to make sure the metal bottom of the candle wick touches the bottom of the mold or jar you are going to place it in, then wrap the top of the wick around the aluminum foil tube or whatever stick you use to ensure it stands up straight. If you’re a beginner to candle-making or just want to have a free-standing candle, go with the disposable mold. If you want to build a candle into something more permanent like a small mason jar or even an older candle mold, go with the permanent vessel route. Once you’ve chosen your path, pour the wax into your mold. It’s important to have it as straight as possible because it reduces gaps in the burning of the wick. Also, the wider of a vessel you use, consider adding multiple wicks. But, if you are using the disposable mold, 1 wick will do just fine.

candle wick

Step 4: Let’s check on the pot. Stir the reduced wax to keep it melting all solid pieces. While it continues to melt, take out one of the die blocks. We have sent you enough die blocks to make more than five candles – we wanted to make sure you had enough since it’s a little more difficult to find. Chop one of the die blocks into lots of little pieces. One quarter of a die block will do for this

chopping block

Step 5: Go ahead and add some of the die chips to the melting wax. You will want to add some more of the soy wax on top of the die as well. As it melts down, you’ll want to keep adding wax to the level you want to use. Don’t forget that you’ve had a boil going for a while now – check the water level on the bottom pot and add more water in as needed. Start stirring the wax.

die added to wax

Step 6: As stirring went by, the red has turned the white a shade of orange. You’ll want to add more of the soy wax here to your desired level. Stir it in thoroughly. You’ll notice that some of the wax will clump up inside of the mix, so be sure you are breaking up the pieces.

melting down

Step 7: Add in your favorite scent! You will only need about .25-.5 ounces of the fragrance for this amount of wax. But, you can use the whole bottle if you like – it will certainly make the candle more fragrant. We opted for the latter. As you get more advanced with candle-making, try mixing scents to really leave your mark. We went with fudge on this one.

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Step 8: The wax should be liquid with no chunks in it at this point. If you went with the disposable mold, go ahead and pour your wax in. Double check the wick is straight with no bend and perpendicular to the bottom of the cup. It’s a waiting game at this point… grab a drink or two. This will take quite a while to cool. Once it’s completely dry, remove the stick (aluminum foil, whatever you used) holding the wick and grab a pair of scissors. The beauty of the disposable mold is you can cut the mold away from the wax – this is a challenge for the permanent molds (if you went with a jar or glass skip down the page a bit). Cut in and avoid hitting any of the wax and peel away the rest by hand. Once you’ve removed the mold, grab the scissors again and cut the wick down. You’ll want to make the wick about half an inch above the candle – this will make it burn longer. Cut the wick down before every use, it will make the candle last longer. Grab a knife or use the scissors to clean up the edges of candle.

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Let’s test it out!

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Step 8 alternative: For those who decided to go with the permanent vessel, go ahead and pour your melted wax into the jar. Be sure that your wick is straight up and down – adjust it if the wax moves it around a bit. Let the wax cool down over the next couple of hours or over night. Once the candle has hardened, go ahead and remove the stick (aluminum foil) and trim the wick down. You’ll want the wick to be at about half an inch from the wax when lighting. Congratulations on your new hobby – it’s going to make an awesome gift for someone or even yourself.

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Our kit is meant to get you started, but we encourage you to test and learn with this one. Mix your own scents, find a new color combination, and melt the wax in your own unique mold. Just about anything can be a mold – try out  something new. We can’t wait to see what you create – be sure to share it with us on Instagram @newhobbybox.

Thanks for joining us again this month. The community is growing like crazy and we are thrilled to be a part of it.

Happy Hobbydays!

-Steve

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