I have been buying and burning candles for years. I love the ambience they create and the amazing fragrance that fills the room while they're burning and often, even when they're not burning, their beautiful scent lingers on. I probably buy too many candles but I like to light them most nights so I go through quite a few. I recently attended a fabulous workshop at Clean Slate in Perth where I learnt how to make my own candles and was surprised to learn they are relatively simple to make but equally surprised to learn of a couple of things that can affect the quality of your candle. According to my workshop, the size and quality of the wick and the way in which you pour the melted wax into your vessel, can make or break your candle. I would've thought it was the wax and wax alone that was the difference between a fabulous candle and a bad one - but it seems not.
Shortly after my workshop, Crafty Candle Supplies contacted me, which was purely coincidental, and asked if I would like to test-drive their DIY Candle Making Kits. Would I ever? The timing was impeccable and I grew even more excited when I checked out their beautiful website filled with all things needed to make your own candles, including a variety of gorgeous vessels and top quality Ecosoya Wax (Ecosoya wax is free from pesticides and herbicides, contains no genetically modified material, is manufactured using pure soy beans and contains no harmful additives. It is manufactured according to sustainability and renewable resource management and it cleans up in hot soapy water eliminating the need for harsh solvents).
The kit was delivered by courier not long after and I was just as excited by the gorgeous timber box it arrived in as I was about the contents. I read the very clear instructions (with photos included - they always help!) and got to work. I had decided to experiment with essential oils, rather than fragrance, because I have read that some fragrances can be toxic in your household and for the past few years, although I still do buy scented soy candles, I have been trying to lessen the toxic load around our house. During my workshop, I asked about using essential oils instead of fragrance and I was advised to double the wick size and that the scent would be much more subtle - which I am completely okay with. The wicks that came with my kit were the standard size needed for a normal scented candle but when I contacted Crafty Candle Supplies asking to purchase a couple of larger wicks they immediately posted two out to me without charge. They were so accommodating and eager for me to let them know how I go experimenting with the oils - I was very impressed by their service and their obvious passion for what they do.
So, down to the nitty gritty. Here's how it went.
|The supplies (and the lid of the beautiful box)|
|Melting the wax|
|Checking the temperature - needs to be between 70 and 80 degrees celsius|
|While the wax is melting, prepare your vessels. The wicks are easily attached using the supplied wick stickums.|
|Wicks are in, centred and held in place with little popstick thingeys|
|Once poured, pop in a tray and move somewhere safe to set for 24 hours (sorry for the dodgy baking tray - I just grabbed the first thing in the cupboard!). Once set, trim the wicks to 0.5cm and affix the supplied warning labels to the underneath of your vessel. And you're done.|