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How to Make Ice Candles

by Chandler 26. August 2011 00:21

As you know, candle making has been around for thousands of years, but some of the most fun candles were developed between 1965 and 1973. From our research, today’s project seems to have been within this time frame, although one of our readers might have an earlier reference.

The ice candle project is very easy to make and every candle will look different and unique. This project is also well suited for most shapes of candles, although we have found the aluminum molds yield the best results.

Step 1: Prepare your mold as if you were pouring a standard pillar mold. Where possible, use the wick pin because it will give the candle another avenue to release the water.

Step 2: Fill the mold with ice. The amount of ice will vary depending on the effect you want to achieve. The more ice you add, the more cavities will exist, but it can make the candle brittle.

Step 3: Mix your color, fragrance and wax. For this project any color/scent combination will work. Pour your wax (for best results a 141 pillar wax) into the mold. For different effects, pour at various temperatures. In most instances pouring around 175 to 180 degrees will yield a very nice finish.

Step 4: If using the pillar pin, remove and hold the candle upside down and let the water run out. Try to get as much water out as possible.

Step 5: Take the candle out and insert your wick. Depending on how much ice you have added will determine how many cavities exist. One of the people assisting me commented, "if the candle was yellow it sure would look like Swiss cheese."

Additional Ice Candle Suggestions

After you take the candle out, place it back in the mold upside down and pour a different color of wax to fill the cavities. Putting the candle in upside down will work best since many of the cavities form at the top of the candle.

To create a similar look, place two or three rods about 1/4" thick into the candle at different angles. As the candle hardens, remove the rods. Then pour wax into the holes of the candle. Be sure to remove the water first.

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Taper Candles Using Polyurethane Molds

by Chandler 19. August 2011 22:32

This month’s project is an easy way for making simple taper candles by using polyurethane molds. These candles are a timeless favorite over the decades and the easy to use polyurethane molds allows the candle maker to make this candle on a small scale with out the need for equipment such as dipping rings that make many tapers at one time.

Ingredients

Instructions

Step 1

Prepare your wax with color and fragrance as you normally would for any other candle. Remember that it helps to add color and additives at a slightly elevated temperature for uniform dispersion. Let the wax cool in order to add your fragrance right before achieving the pouring temperature.

Step 2

Cut a piece of wire a little larger than twice the length of your mold and bend it completely in half. Insert the folded end of the wire through the hole in the mold, and use it to pull the wick through the taper mold. Leave an extra long length of wick so when you remove one candle it pulls enough wick through the hole so it is ready to be poured again without the use of the wire next time.

Step 3

Wrap the wick around the wick bar so it holds snug and give the inside of the mold a quick light spray of mold release. Pour the wax slowly into the mold. Keep an eye on the mold and top off as necessary.

Step 4

Use the base former to achieve a fluted end that looks very professional and aids you customer in the placement of their candle in a candle holder. Be sure the taper is burnt in a suitable candleholder.

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How To Create Unique and Trendy Candles

by Chandler 2. August 2011 16:58

In most instances when you walk into a candle shop of any type, the predominate candle appears to be the jar candles.  There are so many different types of jars on the market and so many different fragrances available that the consumer can truly find what they like.

It seems the forgotten candle is always the pillar candle. This does not have to be the case when all things are considered. There can be many choices when making pillars - there are more choices and styles than you may think.

The most common type of pillars on the market are your traditional round molds usually made with aluminum molds. This type of mold is easy to use and, when used properly, will last for many years in your production. They run from a 2" diameter up to around 6" diameter. The most popular sizes in the round aluminum molds are 3" x 3", 3" x 4-1/2" and 4" x 4-1/2". These molds can be used with any scent load you desire and can be poured as hot as you would like.

Like container candles the temperature you pour pillars can influence the finish of the candle. Pouring pillar candle very hot (200F to 205F) into aluminum molds can make a very nice shiny finish when using most blends. Others may like a more rustic approach and can pour the candles at a very low temperature of something like 150F. Aluminum molds also come in other shapes like square and octagon and with the square molds have a nice round corner to help with release from the mold.  

To make candles outside the ordinary, you have to look at the polycarbonate molds which Candlewic commonly calls "Designer Molds". This style of mold comes in a huge selection of styles and sizes ranging from a somewhat common round ball mold to the opening bud polycarbonate mold.

The design potential when using these molds is endless. There are so many styles and unique shapes that you can really make some fantastic types of candles. Throw in some of the pattern waxes or layered candles and you can really make your line stand out from your competitors. When making pillar candles the focus is more on the color and shape than the fragrance.

One of the current trends is making tarts and/or floaters in unique shapes and patterns. In the past this was most reserved for the standard scallop shape. Now there is a huge selection of shapes and patterns including heart, fish and duck to mention a few. Pour these with no wick and they make a great tart or insert a wick and you have a unique floating candle.

Even with the most basic votive candle, there are few choices to make this candle. The traditional 15 hour votive is the best selling mold and when used with a votive wick pin making votives is very simple. The octagon votive can make for a very unique look too.  

While polyurethane is not as popular as it once was it is still the best material for making tapers. Tapers can be a great addition to your line as well, especially beeswax tapers.

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Hi I'm Chandler. Thanks for visiting! Illumine is all about helpful projects, ideas, and articles related to candle and soap making and the candle and soap making business.

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