Miscellany

Peppermint Candles

By  Jennifer and Kitty O'Neil 

size: 1-7/8"x3"

  • Peppermint Candles

Materials

  • Microwaveable soy wax for containers
  • Tin container with lid, 3” diameter
  • Red dye block for candles
  • Peppermint liquid candle fragrance
  • Pre-waxed bleached wick (no wire or zinc core), large
  • Wick keeper

Tools

  • Measuring cup with pouring spout
  • Tablespoon
  • Candle making thermometer
  • Chopstick
  • Potato peeler
  • White index card
  • Scale
  • Microwave oven

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, pencil, paper towels, ruler
  • 1. Place tin on scale and zero it out or write down weight of tin to subtract from weight when filled. Fill tin with water and weigh again. This is approximately how much wax you will need. Measure out wax and add 1-2 ounces more for spillage.
  • 2. To prepare wick, wash and dry tin. Adhere bottom of wick clip to inside center of tin with wick keeper. Tie other end of wick around pencil and rest it across top of tin.
  • 3. Heat wax in a microwave safe measuring cup with a pouring spout in 30-second increments. Once candle chips are melted, test temperature. Heat wax 160°F to 180°F. Use potato peeler to shave a few curls off of dye block onto index card and add to wax. Stir with chopstick. Drip a few drops of melted wax onto white index card to see if color is to your liking. Add more color if needed.
  • 4. Wait for wax to cool to 125°F, add one tablespoon of liquid candle fragrance to melted wax, and stir. Pour wax into wicked tin. Leave room of at least 1/4" at top for wick. Center wick. Let candle cool for 24 hours. Remove pencil and trim wick to 1/4".
  • Tip
  • 1. Print out a label and attach it to the lid with double-stick tape to make a cute gift!