Saturday, November 30, 2013

Behind the scenes

Ever wondered how to make soy votives? Here's how I do it.

It starts with soy wax. I buy it per 50 lb. box. For scale, the yogurt cup isn't a single-serving, it's a 32-ouncer.

Then I melt the wax in a double boiler. I forgot to take a picture of that.

When it's melted, I add colorant and the fragrance. Temperature is critical.

The fragrance comes in brown glass bottles. Very apothecary-like. 

I pour the liquid into candle molds. 

After a while I add a wick. I buy those per hundred. 

Once the wicks are in, I wait for the candle to cool. The wick may need to be recentered. I use a heat gun to make it look better if necessary.

See the little crack?

The heat gun is pretty much a tiny but hotter hair dryer that can melt the top of the candle to hide whatever problem it has.

Candles in tins cool off and await their lids and labels.

Votives hang out in their molds til they are totally set. Sometimes they go outside for a bit. Wax shrinks when its cold and that makes it easier to remove them from the molds.

Then they get labeled, boxed and put away to be sold.

So now you know. If you'd like to see them for yourself come by NoCoast next week. My spot is right by the security desk between the east and west doors. 

City Pages calls this show the best local shopping event of the holiday season.

I hope I see you there! (my next post will be a yarn update)