designs by Wanda Jean

the Happy Hookers
     Crochet Club

My daughter gave me this little cutie.  It's a sugar bowl without a lid.  When I made this candle, II used country blue dye and blue berry fragrance.  I refill it as soy wax cleans nicely in warm, soapy, water.  So.....I plan on it hanging around for a long, long time. 

I found this heirloom at a sale for 50 cents as it has a chip on the inside.  It's beautiful!!!  I used a pumpkin orange dye and a hot apple pie fragrance.  It works wonders on a dinning table alone or in a floral arrangement.  And it, too, will be around for a long time.

How to Make Soy Container Candles

     My containers come from friends, yard sales  and second time around stores.  I use a lot of old items that have lost their lids, have a chip or two, etc.  When you use Soy Wax, it washes clean in, warm, soapy water.  It keeps a treasured piece of glass out in the open to be enjoyed daily.  These candles make wonderful gifts.

     For easy cleanup.....cover your work area with newspaper.  

Step 1.    You will need to heat your containers.

                 Preheat oven to 150-170 or the lowest temperature setting.

                Place containers on a cookie sheet.  Leave containers in oven until your ready to use them. (This helps eliminate jump lines and to prevent breakage when pouring hot wax into a cold container).

Step 2.  The wax should be weighted.  I weight the pour container then, fill the container with the loose wax.  Subtract the weight of the container from the wax and you'll have the weight of the wax.

Step 3   The wax will need to be heated to 170-180 in a double boiler.  I created a double boiler by placing a small metal trivet om the bottom of a pan with an inch or so of water.  Adjust the heat to a medium-low setting.  The water needs to boil but, not a rolling boil.  Adjust the temperature as needed.  NEVER LEAVE MELTING WAX UNATTENDED!!!

Step 4.  Measure add add fragrance oil.  

               Once wax has reached the proper temperature, you're ready to add the fragrance oil.  Add 1 ounce of fragrance per pound of wax.  A tablespoon equals 0.5 ounce.  Pour the fragrance into the wax and stir it.


Step 5.  I use liquid dyes.  Add sparingly until desired color is achieved.  Stir until the mixture is blended thoroughly.  You'll learn after you've made a few candles.

Step 6.  Wicks in the containers.

               I buy wicks that have a metal wick tab on the bottom.  With a glue gun, I anchor the wick to the bottom of the container.  

               Pour hot wax slowly.  The wick may lean slightly.  This can be adjusted as you take the top of the wick, after candle has been poured, take a medal object such as a kitchen knife and wrap the wick around it, center the wick in the candle, then place the object across the top of the container.DO NOT MOVE CANDLE until it is COLD!!!  Make sure there are no fans or air vents blowing directly on the candle since you do not want to accelerate the cooling process. 

Step 7.  Trim the wick.

               Trim the wick to 1/4" length.  Do not trim too short because they will not burn properly.