Swim_Bike_Run Posted December 13, 2009 Report Share Posted December 13, 2009 Hi everyone! We have been reading and researching, and reading some more. Finally got everything together...got the room ready and ordered the supplies. Did our first batch yesterday and they turned out pretty good, considering it was our first try ever and something like this....neither my wife nor myself are really craft-savvy but love candles. Our plan was to learn to make a few great smelling, cool looking soy candles for ourselves and maybe friends and see where it takes us. I wanted to post a couple pics of our first product and also ask a few questions....CANDLE ROOM:FIRST BATCH - SUGAR COOKIE - TOP VIEW:FIRST BATCH - SIDE VIEW:Here are some notes and questions from our first effort. We are happy we did not burn the house down or catch any of the pets on fire. We are also pleased that we made a decent candle to smelled good and burned evenly all the way across. We are using a Hamilton Beach 18Q Roaster for wax and we melted 3 lbs for the first batch. Containers are 12.5 oz Libbey Interlude so we estimated about 9oz candles. We got 5.5 candles out of this first amount. I am somewhat questioning if this was truly 4 lbs evenly though we measured it with our digital food scale - it was barely a third of the 10lb bag of - Naturewax C3 soy wax we got from Cajun Candles. Wax melted in about 1.5 hours at 200 degress and then we gradually turned up the temp on the roaster 25 degrees at a time until the wax finally got up to 185 degrees so we could add the fragrance and dye. It took another hour to hour and 15 minutes for the wax temp to get to 185 degrees and the roaster was at 350 degrees when we were done.Questions:1. Once wax is melted, do we need to gradually up the roaster temp like we did or should we go ahead and turn it up to 300-350 degrees so we can add the fragrance and dye? We were not sure so we just went slow.2. If you look at the top of our candle pic above - you can see several white circles or "splotches"...is this a result of something we did? Can we do anything to avoid these?3. The side pic does not show it very well, but there is a white or light colored "band" - about an inch wide or so going around.....again, is this a result of something we did incorrectly?***Note - all 5 of our candles have the white splotches at the top and the white band around the side.They do burn evenly and smell great so that is a good thing.Any other feedback is greatly appreciated! Thanks for all the info.SBR (Brian) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.