This is Part 1 of 2 of the September 2020 Craft in Style Subscription Box tutorials. Part 2: How to Make Geometric Gemstone Candles can be found here. And the Craft in Style Subscription Box can be found here.
Fun fact: You do not need a wax pourer to melt candle wax and make your own candles. Wax pourers like this are great if you want to be a professional candle maker or make candles regularly. But if you are just making candles once or twice, if you just want to try it out, it’s not worth it to get one.
Wax pourers should only be used for wax and you will need to find a place to store them in between use. That’s why using a Mason Jar to melt candle wax is the easiest way to make candles. You can use a stovetop or a hot plate for this technique.
Now, before we go forward, you can also use a Microwave to Heat Candle Wax. This is the perfect method for an office craft party or if you are in a small apartment. Although a microwave is the best way to make melt and pour soap, it’s not my favorite way to melt candle wax.
This is my favorite method.
Supplies to Melt Candle Wax Without a Wax Pourer
Soy Candle Wax
A High Grade Mason Jar (such as Ball or Kerr)
A Disposable Utensil to Stir
An Oven Mitt
A Stock Pot with Several Inches of Water
A Stovetop or Hot Plate
That is all! So let’s get started melting our candle wax.
First, before you turn on the heat, set up your double broiler. Place your stock pot on the stove or hot plate where you will be heating the wax. Now set your mason jar inside stock pot in the center. Make sure that the water is a few inches below the top of the mason jar.
Make sure that the water is inches lower than the mason jar so you don’t accidentally get water in your candle wax.
Once you have your stock pot with water ready, you can turn the heat on low. Don’t turn it up to high because candle wax is best heated on low. Candle wax can burn, but more importantly, if you overheat your wax, it will take a really long time for the wax to cool and thus a really long time to finish your candles.
Place your mason jar with no lid in the stock pot and add the wax close to the top. As the wax melts, the volume will be reduced, so you can continue to add more wax. Be sure to keep the wax an inch or two below the top of the mason jar so you can pour it easily.
Stir the wax as it melts. Once your candle wax is completely liquid and clear, it’s ready to pour into your candle vessel. The mason jar will be hot, so be sure to use an oven mitt to reach into the double broiler and hold your mason jar. Hold the mason jar low on the glass, so you can pour the wax easily.
Now the real question is what kind of candles are you going to make? Here are a few of my favorites! These Floral Smudge Candles are oh so gorgeous. And you can even make Seashell Candles like this! Tell us in the comments what kind of candles you choose and happy crafting.
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