I love using Square Mason Jars for my jar candles , but you can pretty much use any jar or glass as long as the glass isn’t too thin. You’ll need to experiment with the wick size but I’ve listed the wick size below that has worked great for me in 8 and 16oz Square Mason Jars. For in depth wick sizing instructions as well as more recipes and techniques,my new eBook “The Soy Candle Making Book” is a must have.
Soy jar candles are excellent for gifts!
I love using Square Mason Jars for my jar candles , but you can pretty much use any jar or glass as long as the glass isn’t too thin. You’ll need to experiment with the wick size but I’ve listed the wick size below that has worked great for me in 8 and 16oz Square Mason Jars. Soy jar candles are excellent for gifts!
- Scale, digital preferred
- Candy thermometer
- High temp resistant Rubber Spatula for stirring and scraping wax out when pouring.
- Metal pour pot
- Metal cooking pot
- 1 lb Soy Container wax
- 1 oz candle Fragrance Oil
- Candle wax dye
- Two 8oz Mason Jars or other canning type jars
- 2 Candle wicks for soy wax such as HTP 105 or CD-18
- Wick Stickers to stick the wicks to the bottom of the jars
- 2 long chip clips to keep the wick centered in the jar while the soy candles are cooling.
- Gather your candle supplies and put some wax paper down on the counter
- Put your Mason jars on the wax paper
- Put wick stickers on the bottom of the metal wick tab
- Center wick and place one in each jar pressing firmly so that the wick sticker will adhere to the jar properly. Sometimes it won’t if the jar is too cold so you may need to warm the jar up a bit first.
- Put your Pour Pot on the scale and 0 it out. Pour 1 lb of wax into the pour pot.
- Set your cooking pot on the stove and pour water into it so that it is about 1 and a half inches deep.
- Set your Pour pot with the wax in it, inside the cooking pot and turn stove to medium low.
- Set your candy thermometer in the pour pot. Set a timer for about 10min. So you don’t forget about the wax and keep an eye on the thermometer.
- When the thermometer reaches 180 degrees, take the pour pot out and set it on the scale again and 0 it out.
- Next add your one ounce of fragrance oil (by weight) and stir well.
- Now add the dye before the wax cools below 165 degrees. If it has already cooled too much, just set the pour pot back into the pan of water and heat it back up to 170-180 degrees.
- Stir the dye well and then let the wax sit and cool.
- When the soy wax reaches 95-110 degrees it is time to pour into the candle jars. Stir a few times again first. Slowly pour the soy wax into your mason jars. Pouring slowly makes sure that you don’t have any air bubbles. Once you have filled your mason jars you can carefully put the chip clip on each candle wick to keep it centered in the jar while cooling.
- Let the soy candles cool for at least an hour before taking the clips off and trimming the wicks to about 1/4 inch.
- Let the soy candles cure at least 24 hours before burning them. A couple of days is ideal.
Now that you know how to make a candle using Mason jars, you can make them for yourself, as gifts, or sell them! As always, let me know if the directions are clear enough or if you have any problems or questions with your soy candle making!
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