If you overheat the wax, it will begin to evaporate and burn out. Soy wax vapor is not harmful, toxic, or allergenic, unlike paraffin from petroleum products. If inhaled for a long time, it can cause headaches. Therefore, it is best to make candles in a well-ventilated room.
Keep in mind that working with hot wax requires caution. The wax burns at +180°C or + 356 °F (the exact temperature depends on the type of wax) and can ignite if heated over an open flame. Theoretically, this could cause a fire, and you could get serious burns. If possible, use professional equipment for candle-making at home.
Can You Overheat the Wax?
Paraffin melts at about 60 °C (140 °F), beeswax – at 63 °C (145 °F), and it is not recommended to heat it above 80 °C (176 °F). Soy wax is best held at temperatures up to 83 °C (181 °F). To melt old candles, you may need to heat the mass to 85 °C (185 °F). Anything above these temperatures will be considered overheating.
When it comes to melting soy wax, temperature is key. Without the right temperature, you can end up with an overheated mess. Going any higher than 200 degrees will likely result in a wax that has been overheated and potentially ruined.
It’s also important to heat your wax evenly, as uneven heating can create hot spots that melt faster than cooler areas of wax. When this happens, it’s possible for the hotter areas to be so hot that they actually overheat the entire batch.
To avoid this from happening, you should use a double boiler to ensure that your wax melts evenly and at the right temperature.
What Happens If You Overheat Soy Wax?
When it comes to soy wax, if you overheat it, you will be faced with a range of disastrous consequences. Depending on how hot the wax gets, you may see a number of issues such as poor fragrance, frosting, cracking and discoloration.
- The fragrance is likely to be impacted if you add the scent at too high temperatures since the oil won’t mix with the wax properly. This creates an uneven distribution of the aroma within the candle.
- Additionally, overheating can cause frosting on candles which can result in fading colours. Not only this but you could also experience cracking, rough tops and discoloration – all signs that your wax has become too hot.
- You may also see wet spots appear inside your container due to insufficient drying which happens when overly heated wax is put into a colder container.
- This problem can be further exacerbated by positioning the wick incorrectly as this can lead to unevenly distributed temperature across the candle which ultimately results in a cracked container.
To avoid any of these issues from occurring it is important to note down and follow instructions carefully when melting soy wax for your candles.
Keeping a watchful eye on the temperatures and monitoring how quickly the wax melts will help ensure that all your candles look perfect!
Furthermore, check that your wicks are positioned correctly whilst maintaining adequate ventilation and using appropriate containers so they do not get too hot or too cold.
With all these steps taken into account and following directions thoroughly, making beautiful soy wax candles needn’t be a daunting task!
Why soy wax and not paraffin? Paraffin is a byproduct of oil; when the oil is refined into diesel fuel, gasoline, and hundreds of other products, it is the paraffin that remains in the residue.
What do I do if I Overheat the Wax??
Heating wax used in candles can be quite dangerous. If the temperature gets too high, the wax has the potential to catch fire and start burning. It is important that you take care of a wax fire quickly and safely.
Do not try to put it out with water as this can have disastrous consequences; the water will react with the flame and spread the fire further. Instead, shut off the heat and cover the flame with a lid or damp cloth until it has cooled completely. Remember to be safe when working with wax for candles!
For best results it is recommended to use wax melters.
Thanks to the simple creation technology and a large selection of materials for work and decoration, everybody can now open a miniature “candle factory” at home, which will not only bring pleasure from creativity but may also become an additional source of income.
The advantage of this type of hobby is that this activity is not difficult, not boring, and beautiful results can be obtained fairly quickly. For these reasons, making candles at home will be enjoyed by and within the power of needlewomen of all ages.
It is very important to follow the technology of making candles. Otherwise, you can not only ruin the candle but also get burned. So, first, be careful, and then start experimenting and create unique candles that will turn a simple dinner into an unforgettable romantic evening.
Carole Brooks has been making candles for many years. She loves to create candles of all different types and for all different purposes. Here she shares her experience and knowledge. Carole is a graduate of Texas A&M University.