Making the West Coast: IG Live
As candle makers, we know it’s important to remain one step ahead of our customers. This means that while our patrons are burning candles with fresh tropical fragrances in vibrant and flashy vessels, we’re planning for Fall!
Now (for a limited time, while supplies last), we’ve bundled everything you need to make 10 perfect candles in our Baltic Gold Vessels for 20% off their usual price – the ideal opportunity to stay ahead of the game and kickstart your Fall collections!
CLICK HERE to follow along with Vanessa as she walks you through our tested, tried and true recipe on Instagram Live.
Our Baltic Gold Vessels comfortably hold an 8 oz. candle.
When we conduct candle testing here at Sixteen Seventeen, we almost always start with a 10% fragrance load. Even though our No. 7 Soy Wax can withstand a fragrance load of up to 12%, we find that our Designer Fragrance Oils perform magnificently with our wax at 10%. If you’re interested in creating a candle that varies from the 10% fragrance load in the recipe below, CLICK HERE to learn how to calculate a custom fragrance load for ANY size vessel.
Clean glass is the first step to a successful candle. Dirt and debris inside your vessel can cause adhesion issues with your wicks and your wax, as well as an unsightly appearance in this translucent vessel. Cleaning gently with dish soap and water (and a nonabrasive sponge - be mindful of scratching the paint!) or glass cleaner and paper towels before wicking and pouring your candle assures that your wax and wicks will adhere as expected.
Next it's time to wick! Grab your single CDN Size 6 and your West Coast Wik_Kit. Take your clean jar and place the wick centering guide into the bottom, threading your wick through the center guide hole. Press down firmly on your wick tab to ensure it is securely fixed to the bottom of the glass. Once your wick is in place, invert your jar to remove the wick centering guide. After removing the wick centering guide, place your wick stabilizer on top of the jar and thread your wick, effortlessly ensuring that there is no slack in your candle's wick.
Now it's time to add fragrance and pour! We recommend heating our No. 7 Soy Wax slightly past 200° F and adding Fragrance Oil no lower than 200° F. These higher temperatures help the wax and the fragrance oil bind. You will not burn off your fragrance oil, regardless of flashpoint (this is a myth). You only need to stir in your fragrance oil for about 20 seconds and then pour your candle immediately. We recommend pouring your wax and fragrance oil combination into your vessel while it reads around 185° F, although this wax can be poured hotter without issue.
Last, for the most difficult step: waiting for your candle to cure! After pouring your candle, allow it to sit in a safe place to fully harden (about 24 hours). When your candle has fully hardened, you can remove your wick stabilizing tool and trim your wick to approximately 1/4". From there, we recommend allowing your candle to sit and cure for 2 weeks to produce a powerful hot throw. With our fragrance oils, we find that hot throw can be strong within just a few days, but waiting 2 weeks will allow your hot throw to fully mature into the room-filling experience we appreciate in a handmade candle.