Do you feel the DIY spirit? Are you curious to see if you can make your own candles infused with terpenes? One of the most satisfying experiences is smelling the aroma of a burning candle you made with your own two hands. It’s a magnificent achievement you can be proud of. At True Terpenes, we encourage you to go for it! You will need a specific list of materials, including the terpene with the aroma desired, which we will provide before we get into our steps to make your own terpene infused candle.
16 Steps To Make Your Own Terpene Infused Candle
Step #1 – Cover Your Work Space With Newspaper
It’s important you protect the table or counter you’re working on. Wax can be hard to remove, and it will damage certain types of workspaces. You can also use other types of workspace coverings like plastic bags, paper bags, or large tablecloths. Once you have your workspace covered with newspaper, go ahead and move onto step number two.
Step #2 – Choose Your Container
You have quite a few options when it comes to choosing your candle container. It can be glass, tin, or metal. It can be small, medium, or large, as long as you have enough wax flakes to fill twice the size of the container. Most importantly, make sure the container you choose can withstand heat. You will be adding hot wax to it and eventually lighting a flame inside of it. Once you’ve chosen your container, wash it out with warm, soapy water.
Step #3 – Measure Your Wax Flakes
The general rule is to fill your chosen container with wax flakes and then double the amount. Wax shrinks as it gets hot. You don’t want to end up with a half-full container of wax for a candle. Due to containers coming in all different sizes and shapes, there is no specific weight you can use to measure the flakes. Finally, you can use any usable wax for candle-making; however, soy wax is relatively easy to use compared to other types of waxes.
Step #4 – Weigh Your Wax
Now that you have double the wax flakes you’ll need to fill your container, you will want to weigh those flakes. You can use a plastic pitcher or other item to hold the flakes while you measure the weight on your kitchen scale. Make sure you double check your candle-making instructions for the wax to essential oil ratio. In our case, we’ll be replacing the essential oils with terpene oils.
Step #5 – Melt Your Wax
Consult your candle-making instructions to find out the ideal temperature to melt the type of wax you’re using. You can either melt the wax in the microwave or melt the wax with the stove. If you use the microwave, place the wax into a glass measuring cup and heat it for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until it melts. If you decide to use the stove, fill a pot with at least two inches of water and set a metal pitcher into it. Add the wax to the metal pitcher. Bring the water to a boil. Stir the wax often until it melts.
Step #6 – Add Color To Your Candle (optional)
You can use candle-color dye or crayon shavings to color your candle. Add the material you decide to use while you’re in the process of melting your wax. Stir the dye or shavings into the wax.
Step #7 – Add The Wick To Your Container
Add a small drop of hot wax into the bottom of your container. Aim for the center the best you can. Once the drop is added, you will then add the wick to the drop of wax. You will need to work quickly to secure the wick to the inside of your container with the wax, since the wax hardens quickly. Have your wick at hand before you drip hot wax into the container. Alternatively, you can use a piece of double sided tape to hold your wick in place on the bottom of your container.
Step #8 – Secure Wick Tab To Bottom Of Container
You will do this with step seven. Secure your wick tab either on the wax you’ve dropped or the tape you’ve used on your wick. This will help keep the wick in place until the rest of the candle wax is poured inside.
Step #9 – Wrap The Wick To A Stick
You will want to wind the excess wick around a stick and set the stick across the opening of the container so that it holds the wick vertical and taut. This process keeps the wick from falling into the container or molding into a weird shape once the wax is poured inside the container.
Step #10 – Wait For The Wick To Set
It’s important you allow for the wick tab to set on the bottom of the container for a few minutes. In most cases, three to five minutes is enough. If you do not wait for the wick tab to set, it may move while you’re pouring the wax, which can ruin your candle.
Step #11 – Cool The Wax And Pour The Scent
It’s important you wait for the wax to cool to the optimal temperature. If you add your terpene too early, it will evaporate the terpene. If you add the terpene too late, it will not successfully mix with the wax, which can lead to inconsistent burning. Bring the wax down to about 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, add the terpene of choice. Mix it in slowly until the oil is evenly distributed throughout the wax. Plan on using one pound of candle wax per 0.5 ounces of terpene oil.
Step #12 – Pour The Wax Into The Container
Slowly pour the wax into your wick prepared container. Make sure not to jostle the wick tab loose. Also, pouring too quickly will splash the wax outside of the container, making it harder to clean up, and create air bubbles in the wax that can burst while it melts due to the wick burning.
Step #13 – Harden The Candle
You can either place the candle in the fridge or leave it out to harden. If you decide to leave the candle out on the counter, it can take up to six hours to harden. The fridge hardens candles in as fast as 60 minutes.
Step #14 – Heat Unused Wax To Fill Wells
If your candle has any wells, you can use the unused wax to fill them. Reheat the wax using the same process as you did prior. Then, let the wax cool for a moment before pouring into your container as you see fit. If you pour more wax into the container, you will need to let the new wax harden.
Step #15 – Trim The Wick
It’s time to cut the wick and remove the stick. Your wick should be no more than an eighth of an inch from the top of the wax.
Step #16 – Enjoy Your Terpene Infused Candle
Now that you have a candle, light it and enjoy!
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