Day 6: Making Soy Candles

Another rainy day in Hawke’s Bay, so today I learnt how to make Soy Candles.

Held by Calico Craft Supplies in Taradale, this class promised that participants would;

Learn how to make long lasting, scented candles for gifts or your home with this natural product, fragrances and colours and re-cycled containers. You will go away from this demonstration with knowledge, inspiration, instructions and your own individual candle and melt.

And it certainly delivered all of the above. There were only 6 other people in the lesson (all women – go figure), so we could easily ask questions of Diane, the class leader, who was clearly very passionate about making candles.

As it turns out, soy candle making is really rather easy, and so less messy than making candles with traditional wax. Any spillages can be wiped away with warm soapy water, and it’s simple to add your preferred colour and scent (I prefer the essential oils), although the candles do need to be made in a container rather than as a free standing pillar, as you can do with wax candles. Also they are envirnonmentally

Here’s what I leant / how to make a candle in a nutshell;

  • Heat the soy wax in a glass jug in a pan of water (very important to stop wax from burning and to create even heat distribution) to no more than 85 degrees.
  • When it’s melted, and temperature is between 80 and 85 degrees add your colour (from a colour block), to desired shade, and then add your essential oil
  • Stir and let it cool to 65 degrees
  • Poor into container
  • Add your wick
  • Allow to cool
  • Have a lovely candle!

Ok there is a little more too it than that, and for a more detailed explanation of how to make a soy candle I suggest reading this blog post or this blog post.

I am now armed with soy wax, oils, colours and wicks, and ready to make my own…


Day 4: Picked up a Crochet Hook

My new thing today was picking up and doing something constructive with a crochet hook – instead of looking at it blankly.

My friend Milla has taught me how to crochet, and today I made my very own line of single stitches using a frankly enormous crochet hook and thick acrylic wool that I picked up, 2 for the price of  1, at The Warehouse.

I’m not sure what this line of singles stitches will become, if anything, but I’m going to keep going to see what happens. Will report back.

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