Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Classy Candle Glass

We are all so excited about the brand new candle glass we just brought in!  It is heavy and durable and comes with a black lid that also fits into the bottom of the glass as a base.  This glassware is conveniently packed 9 to a box that contains dividers for support, great for re-use if shipping your finished candles out or just for storage.  The beautiful soy candles pictured above were made in a couple hours following these simple instructions:

1.  The new glassware holds 8 oz (or 230 grams) of wax.  We recommend using the EcoSoya CB Advanced wax for container candles.  Melt the wax in a double boiler until it reaches 155 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.  Add your candle dye.  Take one of our vegetable-based Candle Dye Pads and shave off small slivers until the desired colour is reached, stirring frequently.  Hint: Candle wax is always quite a bit darker when it's a liquid so if you aren't sure if the colour is the right shade simply dip a spoon into the wax, put it in the freezer for a minute or two, then when it has hardened you can see the colour it will turn out to be.  After you've reached the desired colour take the wax off heat and stir it gently, allowing time for it to cool.   

3.  Add your fragrance (I chose Peppermint Essential Oil for the layered candle and Cranberry Fig Fragrance Oil for the red candle) and stir to incorporate.  EcoSoya soy wax can handle a fragrance load of up to 12%; if you are using your candle as a room scenter we recommend using between 7%-9% fragrance which would be 15 to 20 ml of fragrance per candle.

4.  Set up your wick.  For this particular container the HTP 1212 x 3.5" wick works perfectly.  Center your wick in the middle of the container.

5.  When the wax reaches about 120 degrees, pour your wax into the candle glass.  For smaller candles you would want to pour them at about 140 degrees as they lose their heat faster.

6.  Re-position the wick if needed.  I usually stabilize it in the middle of the jar with two pens on either side.

7.  Trim the wick to 1/4" and wait 24 hours before burning.  

It's that simple!  These candles are great for holiday decorations around the house, for gift-giving, or for a fun activity to do at home.

Tawnee & the Voyageur Team

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