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TLS Vlog #7: How to Make Candles in the Microwave @ jesslively.com/diycandles

You guys probably know my obsession with candles, but I’m not obsessed with their prices! I wanted to learn how to make my own so I took a quick trip to Detroit to visit with Dierdre Skiles of Detroit Rose Candle Company. She taught me how to make my own candles in the microwave and it is so simple. Enjoy the video tutorial and check out the directions and resources below!

 

 

Show Notes

Detroit Rose Candle Company
Follow Deirdre Skiles on Instagram

Materials:
– Glass or Ceramic Container
– Wick
– Glue Dots
– Screwdriver
– Fragrance and/or essential oils
– Herbs or petals (if you’d like!)
– Soy or Coconut Wax
– Pyrex (or any microwave-safe measuring cup)
– Microwave
– Hand towel
– Clothespin
– Scissors

To Remove Old Wax From A Used Container:
– Place container in the freezer overnight
– Use a butterknife to gently scrape out remaining wax/wick
– Any remaining wax/wick can be removed in the dishwasher.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Wait Time: 6 Hours
Candle Time: All Day, Every Day!

To Make A Candle:
– Place a glue dot (or tape or glue) on the bottom of the wick base.
– Place wick (with glue dot side facing down) in the bottom of the container.
– Use a screwdriver (or any stick-like tool) to gently tap on the metal base to secure the wick to the container.
– If using herbs or petals, sprinkle them in the bottom of the container. (Do this now so the herbs get completely coated in wax.)
– Measure out wax and place in Pyrex.
– Microwave wax on high for 5 minutes. (If wax isn’t completely melted, continue microwaving in 30-second increments.)
– Remove the Pyrex with a hand towel supporting the bottom. (Caution: IT WILL BE HOT!)
– Gently pour the wax in to the container leaving a little room at the top.
– Slide the wick through the middle-hole of the clothespin and allow the clothespin to rest on top. This is the time to make sure the wick is straight and centered.
– Let it dry for 6 hours.
– After at least 6 hours, remove the clothespin and cut the remaining wick leaving a “1/2 inch of wick at the top.

Candle-Making Supplies and Resources:
Dierdre’s Supply Recommendation
Chart to Determine Wick Size
Tool to Determine Wax Amount

Equipment used to film this video:
Canon 5DMiii
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L

 

  • PanarchyInTheUK .

    Hey that’s cool! Thanks so much for making the video. I’m inspired to try! One question re: types of wax – how is soy wax made, is it sustainable? And is it better/cheaper than beeswax?

  • Purpletwirling Kitty

    I couldn’t find the soy or coconut wax at the resources link. Can you help? I would love to make candles! Thanks for sharing!

  • 到此一游,立贴为证!

  • I’m personally not sure where to look, but I’d suggest googling for other sources. : )

  • I’m personally not sure… maybe you could google for more information on that?

  • PanarchyInTheUK .

    You’re right – Google is our friend, and I was being a bit lazy. Here’s something interesting about the use of paraffin with soy candles (not good): http://empoweredsustenance.com/soy-vs-beeswax-candles/
    Btw, loved your morning ritual video! Awesome doggie 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing this link for those who are interested!!! And it’s wonderful to hear you enjoyed the morning ritual vlog. : )

  • Tami Anderson

    Awesome idea and video!

  • Yay! I hope they work out for you, Laura. : )

  • It’s wonderful to hear you enjoyed it – I hope you give it a shot. : )

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