The main distinction between the casting process of these two candle types is the wax that is used for it. Both types employ identical tools and methods, including a double boiler for melting; the smallest of the two pots in this contraption is what holds the wax and is put into the bigger, water-filled pot over the kitchen range. The soy wax is heated at a temperature of approximately 150-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid going over 150 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended period of time, as this could result in burning that leaves an undesirable yellowish complexion in the finished product. The wax can be given its color after it has been completely melted, and then it needs to be taken off of the stove top so that the aroma can be added.
The best option would be to employ a 7% fragrance by weight, which basically denotes that each pound of soy wax equates to 1.12 oz of fragrance oil; if an excessive amount of this fragrance is added, it may result in bleeding from your finished candle. An appropriate temperature for soy wax is around 140-50 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, feed the wax into the mold for cooling, but avoid doing this at a temperature that is too low or it may end up cracking. Your wax needs to be at an average of 95-110 degrees Fahrenheit, and avoid using water for cooling off the candle at a faster rate. Water may result in a cracked candle, as well.
Even though paraffin and soy wax are pretty much identical in their properties, there are several distinctions to consider. The soy wax is a much gentler type, so it will not be right for certain candle types. An example of this would be trying to use soy wax for making pillar and novelty candles. Another instance in which the integration of soy wax would be inappropriate is in the process of making taper candles.
However, it would be reasonable to create floating soy candles so long as they do not exceed a mark of three inches in diameter.
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