Introduction: Colored Soy Wax Candles in Mason Jars
Hello! Welcome to our Instructable! In this Instructable we will teach you how to create colored candles in mason jars simply using a mason jar, some soy wax, some soy wax coloring, and a wick. The process should take no more than an hour and does not require any fancy procedures or equipment. Here are the materials that you will need:
Soy Wax Dye
16oz. Mason Jar
20oz. Glass Jar
8in. Candle Wick
If ordering these supplies from Amazon is too long of a wait for you, or you don’t happen to have these materials lying around your house, you can buy these items from any crafts store like Hobby Lobby or the crafts store of your choosing.
Now that you have your materials all together, let’s get crafting!
Step 1: Boil Water
Place the glass jar that you are going to use in the pan. Pour water into the pan until the bottom of the glass cup is surrounded by at least an inch of water.
Remove the glass cup and begin to boil the water.
WARNING: Do not put water into your cup, only into the pan!
Step 2: Prepare the Wax
While the water is boiling, fill a glass jar with the soy wax. Then, add a small handful of the colored wax dye to the glass jar containing the soy wax. Since the colored wax dye is heavily concentrated, not much is needed to dye the wax the desired color.
WARNING: Make sure to use a glass jar that is undesirable or has no eating or cooking function. The wax that will be poured into the cup is not edible and will stain the jar if not washed properly. Do not take the risk! Use a glass jar whose sole purpose is to melt the wax.
Step 3: Set the Wick
After preparing the wax, set the wick to the bottom of the mason jar with an adhesive or drop of hot glue. EricX Light wicks, which are the wicks we are using for this project, comes with their own adhesive.
Step 4: Melt the Wax
Once the water is boiling, place the glass jar, filled with the wax and colored wax dye, into the pan.
Wait for about five minutes for the wax to begin to melt.
Then, take some stirring instrument and begin to stir the wax regularly in order to help the wax melt quicker and for the colored wax dye to dissolve faster.
WARNING: Be sure to clean your stirring instrument thoroughly with soap and water after every stir to ensure that no wax is able to dry and ruin your utensil.
Continue this process until the wax has become completely clear and there are no white chunks of wax.
There may still be some colored wax flakes not dissolved in the wax. This is okay! Having some undissolved colored wax flakes will do no harm to the candle.
Step 5: Pour the Wax Into the Mason Jar
Once the wax is melted and most of the colored wax dye has dissolved, begin to pour the wax into the mason jar.
WARNING: The glass jar containing your melted wax will be very hot! Be sure to use oven mitts or another type of hand protection to prevent any burns to your hand!
Fill the mason jar up to the its neck, the part of the mason jar near where you twist on the top. This is to ensure that you will be able to close the mason jar with the wick inside.
If the glass jar you used did not have enough melted wax to fill the entire mason jar, simply go and melt more wax with the same wax dye in the glass jar and pour the melted wax into the mason jar until you reach the mason jar's neck.
WARNING: Never pour hot wax down the drain! If you have extra melted wax that you need to dispose, pour it into a garbage back or trash can in spurts. Make sure to clean out the glass cup you use very well before any of the wax has a chance to dry.
Step 6: Allow the Wax to Cool
Because the wax is still very warm, make sure you place the mason jar on a surface that is sturdy and resistant to heat. A cutting board or granite counter top are perfect places for the mason jar to cool.
Leave the mason jar to cool for at least five to six hours. This is a long time, so feel free to do other things while you hate for the wax to cool. Just don't forget about it!
Step 7: Congrats!
When the wax is cool, you can light your colored, mason jar candle!
Just make sure that you have a long enough lighter for when the wick begins to burn deeper into the mason jar...