With the growing popularity of soy candle wax, you might find yourself engaging in some soy candle making projects.
In this article I shall focus on the various basic supplies needed for making your own soy candles at home. I'll also discuss some considerations when using these supplies for certain specific projects.
DIY soy candles - The supplies
I highly recommend that you use pre-waxed and tabbed wicks for all your candle making needs.
Zinc wicks should be used for gel wax. For soy candles, stick to evenly burning, 100% cotton wicks. You can also buy cotton & paper wicks; these work well too and provide a steady, even burn.
If you plan on sticking to soy wax for all your projects, you do not need to buy candle wicks with metal cores. Soy wax does not burn at a very high temperature, so metal-free wicks are fine. If you are using a soy-paraffin blend, then metal-free wicks are also a good choice.
If choosing to make DIY soy candles for your projects, I highly recommend that you buy wax only from certified suppliers who sell wax with no chemical additives. Some soy wax blends have additives that become carcinogenic when burned.
In terms of scent throw, soy wax candles do not need chemical additives in order to produce a good scent throw. In fact, the purer the soy wax blend, the better the scent throw. Soy wax comes in three forms: blocks, flakes, and beads.
Some candle makers prefer beads because they are easier to measure using mini-scales. Some prefer blocks because they're easier to handle and can be stored easily in cupboards without running the risk of spilling some of the material. The middle ground is soy wax flakes - this variety is easier to melt than blocks.
If you plan to sell the candles that you make, you need the right type of packaging. For candle tarts, there are large packs that allow you to place up to six candle tarts in a row.
These packs have covers. Clear bags are also a good choice, especially if you are making large, pillar candles. They're simple and easy to seal. Muslin bags, on the other hand, enhance your candles' organic appeal. Muslin bags are also great to work with because they're spacious and can be cleaned easily.
Fragrances for candles are usually packed in bottles. You can opt for one or two bottles to begin with, but I recommend buying in bulk to save some cash over the long run. Volume pricing is the best if you are going for relatively larger scale of candle making projects.