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Soy wax mini candles (Fast protocol😉)

Why fast protocol? Because I've melted the soy wax in the microwave, instead of a double boiler, saving a lot of time and electricity.
I wrote a post about the use of microwave in candle-making at the beginning of this year HERE, but let me anyway remind you few basic things:

- NO tin containers in the microwave. Go for pyrex or any other microwave-compatible glassware;
- 10-20 seconds bursts at full blast will be more than enough to melt a small amount of soy wax; 
- If you still have unmelted soy wax flakes DO NOT repeatedly heat the wax, just stir it for a minute: flakes will disappear very easily and you won't risk to overheat the wax and the container;
- the microwave trick works well if you're dealing with small batches of wax;
- for soy wax is great. I don't use it for melting paraffin because paraffin takes longer to melt I don't want to risk overheating glass container and wax;

These candles are made of soy wax and minuscule pellets of coloured paraffin

Materials for 4x small glass containers: 

  • 4x small glass containers (H 6 cm, upper diameter 7 cm, lower diameter 4 cm)
  • 4x wood wicks (left overs from my Xmas candles :-) )
  • 1 Bodega glass 8.5 cm x 9 cm (37 cl)
  • Violet, rose ancienne and grey pellets
  • Essentia lavender fragrance 
  • CB Xcel soy wax (or any other soy wax)

1st layer: 1x Bodega glass full of soy wax + 6 violet pellets + 3 Grey pellets
2nd layer: 1x Bodega glass full of soy wax + 6 violet pellets + 3 rose ancienne pellets 
3rd layer: 1x Bodega glass full of soy wax + 3 violet pellets + 6 Grey pellets

For each layer: I've melted one Bodega glass of wax in the microwave with 3x burst of 30 seconds each, at 1000 W. I left the wax cool a little before adding the fragrance (honestly, for the amount I went by eyes) and then poured 1/4 of the total wax in each small container.
At 1 hour intervals (because I was busy doing other stuff, but you can do it after 20-30 minutes :-) ) I've poured all the layers.

Et voilà


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