When you think of making your own soy candles, heating colorful wax in a pot and pouring it into a nice-looking jar is often an image that comes to mind. However, you’re not restricted to experimenting with wax colors and jelly jar types. You can use different molds too!
Soy wax also makes an excellent wax base when you’re using molds because you can readily find soy wax that is self-releasing. Additionally, soy wax has excellent scent throw and burns well. If you would like to create a soy candle using a pillar mold, you will need the following materials:
- Pouring Pot
- Pillar Mold (Already Wicked)
- Soy Wax Chips
- Candle Dye
- Fragrance Oil/s of Your Choice
- Mold Release Spray (Optional)
Before anything, you will need to wick and prepare your pillar mold. To learn how, follow the guide below:
- Begin by wicking and prepping your pillar mold. Carefully thread the wick through the hole on the bottom of the mold. Since this has a concave surface, this will be the top of the candle.
- Lace the wick through the hole, leaving around 4 to 5 inches hanging through the open end of the mold.
- Cut the wick around an inch from the closed end and place a wick stickum on the end to keep the wick in place.
- Afterwards, seal the center wick slot with duct tape. Press firmly to get rid of and push out any air bubbles.
- Lay another strip in a cross pattern. This is to keep wax from leaking out of the hole. You may also place the mold in a pan as an extra precaution against leaks.
- On the open side of the mold, keep the wick centered and in place using a centering device. Ensure that the wick is secure in the slot to keep it from falling into the wax.
Note: For many people, wicking a pillar mold can be a frustrating and annoying process. Fortunately, selecting the correct wick size and type makes the whole process easier. A flat, braided wick (HTP or RRD) is usually most ideal for pillar molds.
Now, you can start preparing your soy wax. Here’s how:
- Heat up your soy wax until it is liquefied.
- Add the color to the wax. Make sure to stir constantly to bind the color to the wax properly.
- It is also recommended that you add the fragrance oil just before you pour the wax. Doing so reduces the chances that the fragrance oil has to evaporate and retains more of the scent.
Note: Keep in mind that because soy wax is typically opaque, it’s best to use more color than you would with paraffin waxes. Agitate the mixture constantly to bind the color to the wax.
After your wax is ready, it’s time to pour the wax into the mold. Since this is such a crucial process, make sure to follow these steps as closely as possible:
- Reduce the heat to the recommended pouring temperature of the wax. You can find this information on the product information or data sheets of the wax.
- Carefully pour the wax into the mold and leave the candle to cool. It may take a few days for a candle to completely cool down.
- Before pouring the wax, make sure your candle mold is preheated. This prevents surface cooling when you pour the wax into the mold and ensures that the candle cools and firms up evenly.
- It is essential that you bring the wax down to its pouring temperature. Pouring when the wax is too hot may cause the wax to shrink too much and may require multiple re-pours. On the other hand, pouring the wax while it is too cool may cause defects in the candle’s finish.
Unmolding the candle can be a hassle. Follow this guide to learn how to do it properly:
- After making sure that the mold has cooled down completely, carefully remove the duct tape seal at the closed end of the pillar mold.
- Hold the mold with the open end facing down and slowly tap the bottom until the candle slides out. You may also gently pull the candle out of the mold by tugging at the wick at the bottom.
- If you used a soy wax blend that is not self-releasing, a mold release spray can help loosen and unmold your candle with ease.
- Trim off the excess wick at the bottom of the candle, light your candle and enjoy!