« Eastland® Votive Holders Clear Set of 72 Flower Soft Katy Sue Designs Starter Kit, Floral Card Making » 3 thoughts on “The Candlemaker’s Store Natural Soy 444 Wax, 10 lb. Bag” 445 of 450 people found the following review helpful First time candle maker!, December 23, 2013 By Alex – This soy wax is perfect if you’re just starting to make candles. Shipped fast in a large resealable bag. I didn’t want to invest yet in a bunch of supplies since I didn’t know if I wanted to stick with this or not (making Xmas gifts for now). After heavy research and making 5 imperfect candles, this is how I finally figured out how to make beautiful candles with very few store bought supplies: 1) Clean glasses and ceramic cups/bowls/jars thoroughly. I used mason jars I had at home and bought a few ceramic cups from thrift stores.2) Melted wax flakes in a cleaned tin can (ones that hold canned food), inside a heavy-bottomed pot. Don’t turn up heat too high.3) Use candy thermometer to track temperature while gently stirring flakes until melted. Remove can holding wax from heat when thermometer reads 180-185 degrees F.4) Depending on type of fragrance you’re using, let wax cool until you’re able to add fragrance. I used fragrance oils from Candle Science (B0092RNCSY most of which were safe to add at 180 degrees F.5) While wax cools, thread wicks through wick tabs (B001683N86 I fray the end that’s going to the bottom of the candle so when I make the wick taught later I won’t pull the wick out. If you don’t want to purchase wick tabs I found this method to also work ([…]6) If using glass, run it under a hair dryer or hot water to warm up the glass. This will help the wax bond with the glass instead of making holes along the sides.7) Place the wick and wick tab inside the container. Pour in just enough wax to cover the top of the wick tab. Don’t worry about the placement–just make sure it’s at the bottom and covered with wax. Let the wax you just poured cool until it’s slightly opaque (should not be liquid, but not completely solid), and then press wick tab down gently (I used a chopstick) into the middle of your container. This wax will harden over the wick tab so it’ll stay anchored at the bottom. By the time the wax hardens, the rest of your wax should be ready to pour.8) Let the rest of the wax continue to cool until 110-115 degrees F. Pour in the rest of the wax, leaving some space at the top of the container so wax won’t overflow when burning later.6) Wrap a rubber band around the center of a pen or pencil. *Gently* guide the end of the wick into the rubber band. Make the wick stand taught and straight and rest pencil or pen over the top of your container.6) Let the candle cool undisturbed. Don’t make the mistake I made by putting it in the fridge! It’ll cause cracks over the top if you cool it too quickly. I remove the rubber band off the wick when it feels pretty stable (usually no longer than 20-30 min. after wax poured).7) If cracks or any other imperfections do appear over the top, run a hair dryer over the top on low. It’ll melt the top layer and settle beautifully with a slightly frosty appearance.8) In 24 hours your candle will be ready to burn! I hope these tips can help another beginner out! 🙂 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (9) Reply 64 of 67 people found the following review helpful Best wax, July 9, 2010 By Tuesday vonD (California) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) I’m pretty sure I got the 5 pound version of this same product, but for some reason I’m being prompted to review the larger size. I would recommend this wax to anyone who makes candles. It melts suuuper fast and pours easily, and it hardens really quickly when refrigerated. It doesn’t hold scent as well as I wanted it to, but I’ve also only used it one time so far, and that was my first time making a candle since like the first grade so maybe I just need to try using more perfume than I tried. When I added color to it the finished product came out a little bit lighter than I wanted, so just add a good bit of whatever color product you’re using and it’ll be perfect. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) Reply 43 of 45 people found the following review helpful Best Soy wax I’ve used so far, May 4, 2014 By T. “H” (OH) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) I just started making candles and I love this soy blend rather than the regular soy wax with no additives. I couldn’t seem to get it right with the regular 100% soy. But with the GW 444, I was able to get smooth tops without a 2nd poor with a great scent throw. Not saying I got perfect smooth tops every time , but 4 out of 5 candles I did. Also this wax is good for making whipped cream wax once it cools.I heated the wax up to about 190 to 200 using a candy thermometer. Took it out of the boiler and poured into a Pyrex measuring cup which cools it faster. I add my color if needed. I add my fragrance at 180 degrees. (If it cooled down below 180, heat it up again in the microwave in 30 sec increments until it reaches 180. 180 is the temp that the fragrance will mesh with the wax and maintain it’s scent. Use a digital thermometer for quick readings for the fragrance pour and container pour) Mix well with a wooden skewer. Pour at 145 degrees exactly for good results. And it comes out great if you don’t touch or move the container after it’s poured. I’ve learned, messing with it or moving it after pouring could cause some issues on the surface when it cools. So pour in a place where it’s out of the way and it can sit still.This wax says it can take up to 15% fragrance. I misread that when I started using it only using 12%. But it still throws great. But for sure I will try 15% now. lolOver all, I see people having all kinds of problems like I was. My advice is to use this 444 soy wax, get a digital thermometer, get good concentrated fragrances that are really potent and get a scale that weighs in ounces and and can “tear” (Zero out the weight of the pot or measuring cup on the scale so that it will only weigh the new liquid being poured in). Guessing the wax to fragrance ratio can mess up a potentially good candle. So, calculate everything!! You will be glad you did cause you will get the most out of the wax and fragrance. If your candle container holds 8 oz, measure out 7 oz of wax on the scale. The 1 ounce is your fragrance which will make it 8oz for your container plus that little .05 that the wax allows itself to hold.7 oz (wax) x 0.15% (fragrance) = 1.05. 1.05 is the fragrance that you will measure into your 7 oz of wax at 180 degrees. if you want to use a full 8 oz of wax then times that to .15%. (1.20) Just make sure your container can hold over 9 oz. If not, have a “left overs” wicked candle container to pour in. Once you fill it with left over wax, you go a new mult-iscented candle for the house. 🙂I hope this helps point you in the right direction. It took a lot of researching and messed up candles to get decent looking ones. I too am still perfecting this craft. I just wanted to pass on what I learned.Happy Candle Making. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (2) Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.