Can you melt candle wax in the microwave?
Well, one of the main things you'll need to do is melt your wax so you can actually do something with it - but you've read you need a special melting pot or a double boiler or some other unknown and expensive gadget?!
Well we have good news, you don't! If you have a microwave and a plastic jug (or microwaveable glass jug) then you can melt candle wax.
This is a quick and easy alternative to using double boilers or wax melting pots - these certainly have their place but if you're just starting out then you'll want to keep things cheap and easy - new gadgets can come later!
To start with we need to say, be safety conscious, don't go using any metal jugs or instruments as microwaves really don't like these.
Also, you want to be able to concentrate on what you're doing, wax really doesn't like being left alone for long so you'll need to set aside some time to properly concentrate - no multi-tasking!!
What you'll need
- Plastic or pyrex jug that's around 1 litre in volume.
- Plastic or silicone spatula
Pour the required amount of wax into the jug, be careful not to fill it too much, as not only will it take longer to melt but it can cause the wax to become a lot hotter than you need - it's best to do a couple of smaller melts then one big one.
Place the container into the centre of the microwave and set the timer for 5 minutes and the heat to the high setting - do not leave this unattended and keep a close eye on what's happening, depending on the amount of wax in the jug and the power of your microwave you may find it melts faster than 5 minutes.
Once the five minutes is up remove the jug carefully using heat-proof gloves or oven mitts - set the jug down on a stable level surface.
If you find that there are still bits of unmelted wax, give the wax a stir and place back in the microwave, heat for a further 30 seconds, remove carefully from the microwave and stir - continue this process until the wax is melted fully to a temperature of around 80 - 85 centigrade.
Once fully melted you can then go ahead and add any fragrance and dyes.
You can re-use the container you have used by giving it a good clean out, however this container should not be used with food once being used for candle making.
Remember: Please take note of all safety advice and common sense
Using a microwave for candle making carries additional risks that are out of our control and as such this information is offered as a guide and and candle making should only be done with adult supervision.
Be careful not to heat the wax too higher temperature, always check using a thermometer.
Do not leave the microwave or wax unattended at any time - always keep out of reach of children.
The melted wax and container will be hot when removing from the microwave.