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Candle Making Starter Kit Guide
By November 27, 2018 1 Comment

Candle Making Starter Kit Guide

Before beginning your wax melt making, please familiarise yourself with the fragrance oil chemicals and hazards, and wear the appropriate PPE (ie apron, goggles, gas mask, gloves) as stated on the Safety Data Sheet.


This kit contains: 

  • 1kg of Soy Wax 
  • 50ml of your chosen Fragrance Oil 
  • 2 x 20cl Candle Glasses 
  • 1 x 50cl Candle Glass
  • 2 x 20cl Silver Candle Lids
  • 1 x 50cl Silver Candle Lid
  • 5 TCR 30/18 Wicks
  • 5 x Wick Stick Ums 
  • 5 x Candle Safety Stickers

You will need to provide: 

  • Microwave, Hob or Hot Plate 
  • Double Boiler/ Pan/Bowl inside a Pan
  • Pouring Jug
  • Weighing Scales 
  • Cup or Mug
  • Thermometer 
  • Wick Centering Tool/ Pegs (to keep the wicks straight during the setting period)
  • Utensil to stir wax

There are two different methods to choose from when making your candles: the Hob/Pan method where you use either a double boiler or a bowl inside a pan on a hob or hot plate, or the Microwave method where you use a microwave and glass bowl. Both methods have been listed below with step by step instructions.

Method for hob/pan:

  1. Prepare your space, make sure you have a clean flat surface, moving anything you don't want to get wax on.
  2. Weigh out desired amount of wax (80g per candle glass).
  3. Pour boiling water into double boiler/pan until approx. half full & place on the hob, keeping the heat low.
  4. If using bowl/pan inside a pan. Place your heatproof bowl/pan into the pan filled with water. 
  5. Pour your wax into the double boiler/pan and allow it to melt – DO NOT LEAVE UNATTENDED.
  6. Melt wax to 70°C, do not exceed 80°C,.
  7. When wax reaches 70°C, remove the container from the hob & pour into the pouring jug. Place the jug on a safe, even, covered surface. (The temperature will continue to rise on it own after you remove it, do not worry it will start cooling down straight away.)
  8. Whilst the wax is cooling use your wick 'stick ums' to stick your wicks to the bottom of your candle glass, ensuring they are in the middle.
  9. Use your thermometer to ensure the wax is 70°C before adding your colour & fragrance oil.
  10. Add your desired amount of colour to the melted wax (we recommend 0.2%) at 70°C.
  11. Also add your fragrance oil at 70°C (we recommend using 6% - 10% - fragrance oil should be weighed in grams on your scales).
  12. Give your wax a good stir, ensuring the colour and fragrance are blended with the wax.
  13. If you are using paraffin wax, pour the wax at approx. 65-70°C.
  14. If you are using soy wax, pour the wax at approx. 60°C.
  15. As you are pouring the wax, ensure you are pouring gently and slowly to avoid air bubbles, leave a small amount of wax out of the candle container, we will need that later.
  16. Wax naturally shrinks whilst cooling, this will cause a sinkhole around the wick in the centre of the candle, don’t panic, this is an unavoidable part of candle making. Allow your candles to cool at room temperature to a point where they appear to be set (a few hours later).
  17. Reheat the leftover wax to 65°C and pour into your pouring jug. Gently pour the wax into the sinkholes to leave a smooth flat surface.
  18. Trim the wick to 5mm – 10mm, add your candle safety sticker and you’re done – congrats!

Method for microwave: 

  1. Prepare your space, make sure you have a clean flat surface to work on near your microwave.
  2. Weigh out desired amount of wax (80g per candle glass) .
  3. Pour desired amount of wax into glass jug/bowl and set the microwave, checking the wax every 60 seconds.  
  4. Melt wax to 80°C, no hotter.
  5. When wax reaches 80°C, remove from microwave and place on a safe, even, covered surface. 
  6. Whilst the wax is cooling use your wick 'stick ums'  to stick your wicks to the bottom of your candle glass, ensuring they are in the middle.
  7. Use your thermometer to ensure the wax is 70°C before adding your colour & fragrance oil. 
  8. Add your desired amount of colour to the melted wax (we recommend 0.2%) at 70°C.
  9. Also add your fragrance oil at 70°C (we recommend using 6% - 10% - fragrance oil should be weighed in grams on your scales) .
  10. Give your wax a good stir, ensuring the colour and fragrance are blended with the wax. 
  11. If you are using paraffin wax, pour the wax at approx. 70°C.
  12. If you are using soy wax, pour the wax at approx. 60°C .
  13. As you are pouring the wax, ensure you are pouring gently & slowly to avoid air bubbles, leave a small amount of wax out of the candle container, we will need that later.
  14. Wax naturally shrinks whilst cooling, this will cause a sinkhole around the wick in the centre of the candle, don’t panic, this is an unavoidable part of candle making. Allow your candles to cool at room temperature to a point where they appear to be set (a few hours later) .
  15. Reheat the leftover wax to 65°C and pour into your pouring jug. Gently pour the wax into the sinkholes to leave a smooth flat surface. 
  16. Trim the wick to 5mm – 10mm, add your candle safety sticker & you’re done – congrats! 

Top tips: 

  • Ensure you glue your wick in the centre of the candle glass, otherwise your candle will never burn evenly.    
  • Stick to the guidance temperatures, don’t rush the process as this will affect the performance.
  • Weigh out your wax, fragrance oil & colour to avoid wastage.
  • The best way to clean waxy jugs & bowls is with warm soapy water.

Step By Step Guide

If you want to get creative with your candle making, head to the 'Techniques’                                                                                                                  section to customise these guidance notes to your chosen method.

Step 1 – Weighing your wax  

Fill a glass/cup/mug with wax & place on scales.

- Ensure approx. 160g of wax is in your container (for your 20cl candle glass – you will need 400g for your 50cl glass)

Step 2 – Pouring your wax

- Pour all of your wax into your glass jug/bowl (for microwave method) or your glass bowl/pan (for hob method).

- If you are melting in the microwave pop your jug/bowl in the microwave and set for 1 minute on full heat.       

- If you are melting on the hob pop your glass bowl/pan on top of your pre-prepared pan with boiling water inside.         

- Wait for your wax to melt – do not leave unattended at any point.           

- If you are melting using the microwave method we recommend checking on your wax every 60 seconds.

Step 3 – Check your wax 

- Here is what you can expect to see during the melting process.

- Use your utensil to stir the wax & return to the microwave for another 60 seconds.

- If you are melting on the hob, be sure to keep your eye on the wax & stir every 60 seconds whilst maintaining the low heat.

Step 4 – Secure your wick in the candle glass #

- Place the base of your candle wick on to the wick Stick Ums, this will hold the wick in place.         

- Gently peel the wick dot & wick away from the paper sheet.

- Carefully guide your wick into the candle glass. (Avoid the sides as the wick sticks um is super sticky!) Ensure your wick stick ums and wick are in the     middle of the candle glass, this is for safety purposes as well as performance purposes. A candle will never burn evenly if it’s wick isn’t central.

Step 6 – Adding fragrance & colour your wax

- When your wax reaches 70°C, add your chosen colour (do not add colour if you are wanting your candle white/cream) to your bowl/jug - if using a bowl,   now is a good time to pour it into a pouring jug in preparation for pouring you candle.  The more colour you use, the more vibrant the colour, the less you   use, the more of a pastel effect you will get.

- Give your wax a good stir for approx. 30 seconds – 1 minute.   

- Now you add your fragrance; you can add anywhere from 6% - 10% of fragrance oil to your candle – this is calculated by the amount of wax you have     used. 

- If you weighed out 100g of wax, it’s best to use 6g – 10g of fragrance oil.           

- Pour your oil into the melted wax & stir it in for approx. 1 minute, keeping an eye on the temperature.

Step 7 – Pouring your candle 

- Before pouring your candle, ensure you have some kitchen roll or newspaper to protect your surface, this can get messy! Pop your containers on the  surface protector before you pour.

- Your wax should now be making its way towards 60°C, when it reaches 60°C, it’s time to pour your candle.

-Holding your jug handle firmly, gently & slowly pour the wax into your candle container (avoiding the sides of the container). remember to leave a small  amount of wax spare, we will need this later!

Step 8 – Waiting, waiting, waiting...

- Your candle is poured, so now we need to make sure the candle wick stays central whilst it’s setting. The easiest way to use this is to use a wick centering tool, however, if you do not have one of these you can use a peg to keep the wick central.       

- Now it’s a waiting game … Leave your candle to set for a few hours, if you start to see that your candle has sunk/dipped on the surface move to Step 9. 

Step 9 – Re-pour (Optional)

- If you have found your candle wax has sunk/dipped on the surface, don’t worry! That's why we saved some wax from earlier! All we need to do is reheat   this small amount of wax to 60°C, & re-pour it evenly on the surface; this will give your candle a smooth, even finish.

Step 10 – Trim the wick

- At this point, ideally, your candle needs to have been setting all night. Now it’s time to trim the wick to approx. 5mm

- Your candle is now ready to light! Well done, you’ve made your first candle!

Techniques: 

If you want to get creative with your candle making, check out a few of our favourite techniques below!

2 Colours:-   

- Half all of the measurements in step 1 (wax) & step 7 (colour & fragrance).

- Follow the same instructions, however, remember to check the wax every 30 seconds, as it will melt quicker.    

- Once you have poured the bottom half of your candle, allow it to set for 4 hours.      

- When this time has elapsed it will be safe to repeat the same process again, adding your second colour & same fragrance.       

- Ensure the wax is 60°C every time you pour the wax.   

- With your second pour, remember to keep some wax spare to ‘top-off’ the candle, creating a smooth, even surface.

2 Colours (stripey):- (you will need an extra cup for this method)

- Half all of the measurements in step 1 (wax) & step 7 (colour & fragrance).         

- Follow the same instructions, however remember to check the wax every 30 seconds, as it will melt quicker.   

- Once you have melted the first (bottom) part of your candle, you need to pour ½ of your mixture into the container (filling only 1/5 of your container),   you should have half of your mixture left, pour this into a separate cup/jug/bowl. 

- Allow your first colour in your candle to set for 2 hours.     

- When this time has elapsed it will be safe to repeat the same process again, adding your second colour & same fragrance.  

- Remember to save half of your mixture from colour two - Your candle container should now be 2/5 full (almost half).  

- Allow another 2 hours for the wax to completely harden.       

- Now it’s time to add colour one again – so re-heat.

- Your colour one, ensure it’s 60°C before pouring & then leave to set for another 2 hours – your container should now be 3/5 full.

- Now for the last part; grab your remaining colour two, reheat & pour at 60°C – this is the last pour into your candle.

- Allow 2 hours for this to set & viola! Your candle should be stripey & looking great!

3+ Colours

- If you think you are ready for a challenge, try a rainbow candle!  Use the same method as above, making sure you leave at least 1-2 hours between   pouring the different colours – enjoy!

We’d love to see your work!

Once you’ve made your candles take a picture and share your work on Instagram or Facebook and tag us!

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      Justine O'Hara
      Oct 29, 2019

      Hiya just wondering if you recommend wearing a face mask when making candles to protect from fumes and if so do you sell one?

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