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Spending $65-100 on a candle isn’t something I’m always willing to do, especially if I can create a close replica. If you haven’t seen similar candles on Instagram yet, a quick Google search will show you how popular these beaker candles are becoming. Candle making can be a little tricky without proper instructions, so here is everything I learned along the way. Once you learn these basic techniques, you can create candles with literally any container you want, or even refill old candle jars. Let’s start!

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Step One: Supplies
A few of these steps are rather quick and time sensitive, so you’ll want to have all of your supplies and tools on hand. Most of these supplies can be purchased online, and a few you might have on hand. A great website to order supplies from is CandleScience.com. The exact soy wax blend I used is important for this tutorial, as the temperatures and instructions are specific to this wax and will vary for every type of wax you use. The candle wicks, dye and fragrance oil can also be purchased on CandleScience. It’s important that you use the proper size wicks for your candles so that your candles don’t burn too quick or not at all. It’s not too complicated as it mostly depends on the size of your container. A helpful article about choosing the correct wick sizes can be viewed here.

Supplies:
Glass Beakers (Purchased Here)
Soy Wax (Purchased Here)
Wicks
Fragrance Oil (Optional)
Dye (Optional)

Tools:
Metal Pot
Thermomater
Spoon
Scale
Clothespins
Hot Glue Gun

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Step Two: Melt Wax
The longest process in making the candles is waiting for the wax to melt. You can estimate how much wax you’ll need by simply weighing the wax on a kitchen scale. First, set your metal pot onto a kitchen scale and tare it out (set it to zero). This way we are only weighing the wax, and not the metal pot. The beakers already tell you how much liquid they can hold, so simply convert it to whatever units your scale uses. I poured in a just little extra to be safe. Write down this exact measurement as you’ll need it in a few minutes to calculate how much fragrance oil to add. Start melting the wax over medium heat. You’ll need your wax to reach 185° before you can add fragrance oil or dye. Never leave the wax unattended and always keep a close eye on the thermometer. In the mean time, let’s prep the beakers.

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Step Three: Beaker Prep
This is pretty straight forward. Take the metal tab on the bottom of the wick and hot glue it into the center base of the beaker. Next, take a clothespin and clamp it onto the top of the wick, right at the top of the glass. This will keep it centered while pouring the hot wax.

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Step Four: Fragrance/Color/Pour
Once your wax has reached 185°, remove from your heat source. Let the wax cool to about 175° and then pour in the fragrance. The reason you add the fragrance at this temperature is so it can “blend” into the wax better. This is important for your candle to have what is called “hot throw”, or in other words, how fragrant your candle is while burning. The amount of fragrance oil you add depends on the amount of wax. In general, this soy wax can hold a max of 1.5 ounces of fragrance oil per pound of wax. You can use less for a less fragrant candle, or no fragrance at all! If you plan on adding color to your wax, now is the time to do so. The amount needed will vary and should be included on the packaging with your dye. If you want a dark black candle, as show in my example, you’ll need to add a little bit more than the directions suggest, or you might end up with dark gray instead. Now, let your wax cool to 125°. If you pour it at a hotter temperature, your candle could concave or develop cracks in the wax. Once the thermometer reads 125°, pour in as much wax as you’d like into your container. Using a metal pitcher (as see in these pictures) will create a steady flow making it super easy to pour into the beakers with spilling. If you plan on making multiple candles it’s definitely worth the purchase.

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Step 5: Cool/Finish
Let the candles cool on a level surface that won’t be disturbed. After a few hours, the candles should be fairly solid. If your candle top developed any cracks or bubbles, simply take a hair dryer and remelt the top so it levels out. For maximum “how throw”, it’s important to let your candles cure for 6-7 days. That’s it! Your candles are ready to burn! If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below! I have a few more DIY candle projects in the works, so make sure to bookmark my blog and follow me on Instagram and Pinterest.