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How do you make candles?

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To make a soy candle, a pound of soy wax, three small glass containers and candle wicks are required. In addition, wick stickums, a wick bar, liquid candle dye, fragrance, a thermometer and a double boiler help in the production of candles.

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How do you make candles?
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The first step is to melt the pound of soy wax in a double boiler to a temperature of around 185 degrees Fahrenheit. It is recommended to heat the glass containers to around 125 degrees Fahrenheit as well. If making colored candles, add the dye or color chips to the double boiler. If chunks of color drop to the bottom of the pot, increase the temperature to complete the dying process. Next, remove the wax from heat, and pour in roughly 1 ounce of fragrance. Stir well, but do not heat the pot, as this can cause the fragrance to evaporate off.

While the wax cools to 125 degrees Fahrenheit, attach a wick to the bottom of the three glass containers using a wick stickum or other recommended adhesive product. Pour the melted wax into these containers evenly. Place a wick bar across the top of each glass container, and pull the wick taut through the opening of the wick bar. Let the candle cool overnight, and trim the wick to a 1/4 inch in length.

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