Microwaveable Soy Wax KitMicrowaveable Soy Wax sounds like a great idea, and it certainly is a perfect way to get started with candlemaking. You get a 1 pound container of soy wax chips. You simply toss some into the microwave, melt it down, and then pour the wax into a candle-safe container with a wick. Voila, it hardens, and you have a candle.
You can get the kit for $6 and from that you make about 3 medium sized candles. By default these candles have no odor and are milky white in color. You can add candle coloring and candle aroma to them easily enough. I only had soap coloring on me when I tested this out, and those didn't work at all :) So make sure you do use a candle color system. The soap coloring, which is liquid, just stayed suspended as tiny little balls and never affected the color of the liquid. I thought I might get a "dots of color" effect, but since the candle cools to a solid milky white, they became invisible.
So, the process. You start with a bag of chips. It looks like a lot, but really this melts down into a very small amount of liquid.
It only takes a minute or two, in a tupperware container, in the microwave to have this melting happen. I would set aside a tupperware just for candlemaking, rather than trying to clean the wax off of it to use it for food again. Once the wax is fully melted, it is a clear, yellowish liquid. You pour this into a candle-safe container, usually glass, but of course you can use pottery or other containers as you wish.
Since the resulting candle is not translucent, your options for decorating are generally restricted to colors - or creating layers by making one color from part of the chips, then another from another set of chips, and pouring them in one at a time. You could ask if it's really worth it to pay $6 to create 3 candles, since you could buy them more cheaply, but really this is a great "practice kit". You learn how candlemaking works, and start to hone your artistic talents in an easy manner. The results make great gifts.
Well recommended for someone interested in how candle making works. Note that this does NOT make shaped / molded candles. It's too soft. It is solely for container candles.
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