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"The En-Light-ener"
Candle Making Newsletter

Welcome to the En-light-ener, Candlewic's newsletter for the candle making community.

Well, here we are in the middle of September and things are really gearing up for the fall and holiday candle making season. As always, we thank you for your continued interest in our newsletter. Don't miss our new contest in this issue.

Accessorizing Your Manufacturing
For hundreds of years the basic "art" of hand pouring candles remainded relatively unchanged. In simple terms making a candle involved melting wax, coloring, scenting and pouring into molds. Along the way, gradual changes were made in the process and in the industry such as pouring into glass containers, development of new types of molds and even pouring wax into sand to make candles.

In our estimation, more changes have occured in the hand pouring of candles in past number of years than the previous 100 years. Companies and individuals can now "accessorize" their operation to make the process of hand pouring much easier.

Several of the early developements, which may not have been considered revolutionary at the time, have made life easier for the candle maker. Two examples include the pre-wick assembly and "blended waxes."

The pre-wick assembly has made life much easier for companies of all sizes when making votives and container candles. Having the wick waxed, cut and a tab placed on it accelerates any manufacturing process.

We at Candlewic have even made it simpler by letting you customize your own wick assembly at no additional charge. By using our Custom Wick Builder you can select everything you need in a pre-wick assembly without paying any extra. We are the manfucturer of these parts and can offer you the luxury of the precise wick you desire at the most competitive prices.

If you are making votives and want to simplify manufacturing even further, you may wish to try the votive pins. The votive pin is dropped into the votive cup and will automatically center the pre-wick assembly for each and every candle. This will take the guess work out of centering the wick in the votive cup. In addition the votive pin makes it easier to use other non-zinc wicks in a votive.

For those making container candles, one of the newest developments is glue dots. These uniform dots are great for securing any pre-wick assembly into the bottom of the container. Each dot is uniform in shape and will hold the wick centered in the glass. If you want to ensure your base is centered at the bottom of the glass and is not going anywhere then you should consider this method.

Even such products as the color buttons can be considered a new development and certainly are a great convenience to the candle maker. The pre-measured blocks have simplified making candles in smaller batches. In the past, concentrated colorant products such as powdered dyes and liquid where the norm making it very difficult to measure in smaller batch sizes. The newest of new include the ability to make true black and white candles using the color buttons.

The fastest growing new "concept/product" has to be the blended wax. These new blends have allowed candle companies to make specific types of candles by merely selecting the blend that matches their specific needs. Some of the newest and most popular blends include the J-300, a popular new soft one-pour wax that can also be used to make layered candles. The adhesion to the container and scent throw with this product has received great reviews. A harder blend which has good adhesion to the container and great scent throw would be the CBL-129. For pillars and the votives the CBL-141 continues to be the most versatile of the blends.

In addition to the new developments it is important to complete your accessory line with the all-important thermometer, wick bars and pouring pots. As in any job having the right tools can make your process go smoother and create more attractive looking candles.

The Candlewic Company prides itself on searching the world to ensure the latest technology and products are available to our customers. Coming soon will be a device that will assist in centering the wick in any glass container.

FAQ

Are any additives needed to make a wax mottle?
If the proper wax is used no other additives should be used to make a candle mottle and in fact most additives will impede the wax from mottling. Not all waxes will mottle and if it is "blended waxes" chances are that it has been designed to hold the fragrance and not mottle. The best waxes to use for mottled candles would be the 2530 for containers and the 3035H for votives and the 4045H for pillars.

My candles seem to be fading. What causes this?
Candles that are subjected to sunlight or other lighting may fade in time. Darker colors and brilliant colors will occur more rapidly. It is recommend that you use a UV absorber to reduce the fading.

 


September 2002

Using Clear Pillar Wax
We are most pleased to announce that the Clear Pillar Wax is now officially available as an Open Stock item. For you the candle maker it will be the first opportunity to work with this extraordinary product that has only been limited to several large candle companies in the past. Working with the product will be a new and exciting experience for anyone wishing to try the product.

When purchasing the product, a standard set of instructions will be provided. But like anything else new, working with it in specific applications will take practice.

This product can be formed into many shapes, sizes and designs. The potential using this product will be extraordinary. For the creative thinkers, we have developed a contest to employ your talents. Check it out below!

Most if not all molds can be used with this product by slightly changing the way in which you use the mold. The aluminum molds can be used by employing either of the methods below.

One method of getting the product to release from aluminum molds is to get a "shot" of air through the wick hole. This can be accomplished in any one of the following means, air compressor, bicycle pump, raft pump or any safe means that will place a small but effective jolt of air into the small wick hole of the mold. This method has worked very well during our testing period and can be accomplished with many common household items. One note if using an air compressor it is important to regulate the air pressure.

The second way to use the standard 2-inch and 3-inch round aluminum molds would be to use a wick pin and plastic liner as described below. You will need a pillar pin (either the 2-inch or 3-inch will work) and a plastic liner, which has been developed specifically for this application.

This method can also be used in conjunction with standard wicking methods by wicking the mold prior to pouring.

1. Take the pillar pin and insert the pin through the bottom of the mold so the base of the pin is on the outside of the mold. Then take the plastic liner and place it inside the mold. Be sure to check that it is even against the sides. It is important that at least a ¼-inch hangs outside of the mold.

2. Take the clear pillar wax, dye it with liquid dye or our color wafers, scent and heat to 200° F. When the product is 200° F, pour into the aluminum mold, which has been prepared with the pin and plastic liner. The pouring temperature is critical in that if you pour too hot, the liner can melt and if pour too cool, air bubbles can form.

3. When the mold and candle is cool to the touch, which can be as little as two hours, gently remove the pin from the mold. Make sure you pull the pin out slowly and straight. When the pin is out take a pair of pliers and grab the plastic and gently tug. For best results, tug gently in two or three places and then pull the plastic out. The candle should come out with the plastic. The plastic liner can then be removed and the candle is ready to be glazed.

If the wax is poured at below 200° F you should be able to get several pours out of each liner.

The exciting potential of this product lies in the creativity and design flexibility that you have. The best molds may be things that are in front of you everyday. As stated, small paper cups make great votive molds by pouring the product into the cup and tearing off the paper when done. "Sno-Cone" cups make great molds, milk cartons can be used to make square candles, and coffee cups (non styrofoam) can be used as pillar molds. In the future we hope to develop a picture gallery to display some of the many candles that can be made with this product. Keep us informed of all of your great ideas.

All products mentioned here are available for purchase now!

CONTEST
We are offering a $150.00 Candlewic Gift Certificate to the customer who creates the best design/application using the new Clear Pillar Wax. All submissions must be made by Monday October 28, 2002 at 10:00 AM. In order to win this prize, the winner must allow Candlewic to feature the candle in an upcoming edition of this Newsletter and provide instructions on how to make the candle. Contest entries can be made by emailing pictures of the candle in a Jpeg format to info@candlewic.com.


 

 



We hope you enjoyed this issue of the En-Light-ener.
Thank you for your continued interest and support.
Our goal is to make this newsletter as entertaining and educational as possible.
Let us know if you have any ideas on how we can improve.


 

Issue Index

July2014 -- Mold Techniques

June 2014 -- Summer Homework Assignment: Improve Your Candle Business

May 2014 -- How to Make a Profit? Use a BOM.

April 2014 -- Is it Right? and more....

March 2014 -- Pick a Wick and more...

February 2014 -- Soy-lutions and more...

January 2014 -- Jump Starting and more...

December 2013 -- A Year-End Thank YOU! and more...

November 2013 -- Choosing the Right Wax and more...

October 2013 -- Holiday Season Checklist and more...

September 2013 -- Choosing the Right Wax and more...

August 2013 -- Sunscreen For Your Candles and more...

June 2013 -- Tools of the Trade and more...

April 2013 -- Spring Is In The Air and more...

March 2013 -- To Be or Not to Be and more...

February 2013 -- Keeping Up With the Times and more...

January 2013 -- A New Year of Candle Making and more...

December 2012 -- The Twelve Tips of Candle Making and more...

November 2012 -- Managing Shipping Options, Luminary Candles and more...

October 2012 -- Resources for Candle Makers, Snowball Candles and more...

September 2012 -- Paraffin wax - Not Your Cup of Tea, One-Pour Tins and more...

August 2012 -- Choosing the Right Wax, Aluminum Molds and more...

July 2012 -- Candle Making Kits, Palm Wax Candles and more...

June 2012 -- Starting Your Own Candle Business, Grubby Candles and more...

May 2012 -- Three Step Guide to Show Success, Candle making Without Melting and more...

April 2012 -- With Every Season, a Change in Process and more...

March 2012 -- The Whole Ball of Wax and more...

February 2012 -- Choosing the Right Color and more...

January 2012 -- Time for Your Yearly Checkup - Candle Business Style and more...

December 2011 -- The Twelve Tips of Candle Making, and more...

November 2011 -- Our Candle Making Wish List, Holiday Luminaries, and more...

October 2011 -- Overlooked But Definitely Not Overrated, Making votives with votive pins, and more...

September 2011 -- Time to Light a Fire for Your Business, What to do with extra candle wax, and more...

August 2011 -- All About Candle Additives, Ice Candle Project, and more...

July 2011 -- Create Unique and Trendy Candles, Taper Candles Using Polyurethane Molds, and more...

June 2011 -- Use Summertime To Improve Your Candle Making Business, Floral Pillar Candles Project, and more...

May 2011 -- Getting Your Candle Making Business Online, About Aluminum Molds, and more...

April 2011 -- Choosing the Right Soy Wax, Making Scented Votives and Floaters, and more...

March 2011 -- 5 Valuable Tips for Starting a Candle Making Business, Making Dipped Tapers, and more...

February 2011 -- Advice on Selecting Candle Wicks, Add That Finishing Touch, and more...

January 2011 -- First Impression Is Everything in Selling Candles, One-Pour Tins, and more...

December 2010 -- The Twelve Tips of Candle Making and more...

November 2010 -- Wish List for Candle Making, How to Make Grubby Candles, and more...

October 2010 -- Getting to the Next Level, Making Mottled Candles, and more...

September 2010 -- Five Tips to Make Customers Fall In Love With Your Candles, Veggie Dip Candles, and more...

August 2010 -- Back to Candle Making, Summer Sand Candles

July 2010 -- Are You Selecting the Right Wax?, Beeswax Pillar Candles, and more...

June 2010 -- 5 Free (or low cost) Business Growth Candle Making Business Resources, Vegetable Wax Candles, and more...

May 2010 -- Create Your White Castle Opportunity, No Melting Required Candle Project, and more...

April 2010 -- How To Reduce, Reuse and Recycle When Making Candles, What To Do With Extra Candle Wax, and more...

March 2010 -- Why Color Is Important, Making Streak Candles Project, and more...

February 2010 -- Pillar Candles - What's Old Is New, Making Palm Wax Candles, and more...

January 2010 -- New Year, New Decade and New Candle Making Tactics, Textured Candle Project, and more...

December 2009 -- 12 Tips of Candle Making, and more...

November 2009 -- Tom Turkey on Candle Making, Candle Kits vs Buying Indidual Supplies, and more...

October 2009 -- Taking the Scary out of Candle Making, Snowball Candle Project, and more...

September 2009 -- 4 Quick Tips to Improve Your Candle Line, Layered Candle Project, and more...

August 2009 -- Is Big Always Better?, Cookie Cutter Candle Making Project, and more...

July 2009 -- How to Set Candle Prices, All Natural Beeswax Garden Flare Candle Making Project, and more...

June 2009 -- 5 Tips for Avoiding Margin Drain, Tri-Color Candle Making Project, and more...

May 2009 -- How To Select a Candle Wick, Chunk Candle Making Project, and more...

April 2009 -- Candle Making Ideas for Summer, Candle Making Projects, and more...

March 2009 -- Mold Techniques in Candle Making, A Simple Candle Project, and more...

February 2009 -- Setting the Right Mood Year Round, Tealight Candle Project, and more...

January 2009 -- Reacquainting Yourself with Candle Making Waxes, Tri-Color Candle Project, and more...

December 2008 -- 12 Days of the Candle Making Business, Candle Making Projects, and more...

November 2008 -- Candle Making Business Cliches, Miracle Molding Material Projects, and more...

October 2008 -- Candle Making Terms Explained, How To Make Mottling Candles, and more...

September 2008 -- Adding on to Your Candle Lines, How To Make Candle Luminaries, and more...

August 2008 -- Candles & Their Fragrances, How To Make Pillar Candles, and more...

July 2008 -- Sunscreen For Your Candles, How To Make Dipped Tapers, and more...

June 2008 -- Fall Candle Season Starts Now, Extraordinary Candle Making Project, and more...

May 2008 -- Green Candle Making, Green Candle Projects, and more...

April 2008 -- Recent Candle Industry Price Increases, Aluminum Mold Candle Project, and more...

March 2008 -- Straight Wax, Exciting New Candle Making Products, and more...

February 2008 -- Business Side of Candle Making, Ice Candle Project, and more...

January 2008 -- Basics of Blended Wax Candles, Rose Floater Candle Project, and more...

December 2007 -- 12 Days of Business, 2007 Candle Making Projects, and more...

November 2007 -- Show Time for Candle Making, Making Snow Candles, and more...

October 2007 -- Ready, Set, GO candle making, Candle Luminaries, and more...

September 2007 -- GREENING Your Product Line and Your Bottom Line…, One-Pour Candle Tins, and more...

August 2007 -- Candle Making's Center of Focus, Making Streak Candles, and more...

July 2007 -- The Latest in Candle Making Products, Votive Candle Project, and more...

June 2007 -- Setting Your Candles' Sale Price, Summer Candle Projects, and more...

May 2007 -- Determining Your Candle Making Costs, Using Extra Candle Wax, and more...

April 2007 -- Natural Wax Buzz Part 2, Layered natural candles, and more...

March 2007--Crucial details of candle making, Candle projects with no melting required, and more...

February 2007--How to choose a candle making mold, Making custom candle molds, and more...

January 2007--"Green" Candle Making, tri-color jar candle project, and more...

December 2006--Looking into the candle making future, 2006 candle projects, and more...

November 2006--Introducing...a candle making introduction, candle projects, and more...

October 2006--Prime time: candle wicks, taper candle projects, and more...

September 2006--Clearly still here:Gel candle making, one-pour tins, and more...

August 2006--Fragrance - the driving force of candle making, a new contest, and more...

July 2006--Planning your production, using granulated wax, and more...

June 2006--Our 35th Year, using aluminum candle molds, how much candle fragrance to use, and more...

May 2006--Summertime candle making, making natural lemon candles and more...

April 2006--Choose the candle wick, making tealight candles and more...

March 2006--Choose the right wick base, blending soy wax with paraffin, making palm wax candles and more...

February 2006--The roll of wax additives in a blended wax world, UV additives, making grubby candles and more...

January 2006--The secrets of soy wax candles, more ways to use candles, making soy wax container candles and more...

December 2005--Planning for the new year, announcing our new home, secrets about wicks, and more...

November 2005--Holiday candle making, ideas to sell more candles, making luminaries and more...

October 2005--Temperture issues when making candles, how to start making candles and more...

September 2005--Choose the right candle mold, ASTM safety standards, and more...

August 2005--Color and Fragrance trends, choosing the right candle making tools, and more...

July 2005--Planning for efficient production, Marketing your Candles, Making Swirl Candles, and more...

June 2005--New market trends in candle shapes and textures, Making Textured Candles, and more...

May 2005--The trends and science of candle fragrances, Making Mottled Candles, and more...

April 2005--How to select the proper candle wick, Top Colors, Making "Earthy" Chunk Candles, and more...

March 2005--Selecting the right wax Part III, Our Top Waxes, Making Floral Candles, Our History and more...

February 2005--Selecting the right wax Part II, Our Top Fragrances, Making Fruit Candles and more...

January 2005--Selecting the right wax, Using blended wax, Coloring wax, Making Layered Jar Candles and more...

December 2004--All about candle making fragrances, Making Grubby Candles and more...

November 2004--Choosing Color for your candle making, Making snowball candles and more...

October 2004--Candle Making Busy Season, Making Palm Wax Candles, Speeding Up Candle Production and more...

September 2004--Candle Wax Melters, Making Sense of your Candle Scents, Making Taper Candles and more...

August 2004--Getting Ready For The Season, Using Votive Pins To Make Votive Candles, No Melt Candle Making and more...

July 2004--Some History & What's New, Paraffin Myths, Making Golf Ball Candles and more...

June 2004--Choosing the Right Candle Wax for Your Needs, Making One-Pour Tins and more...

May 2004--Investigating New Products, Burn Testing, Making Freestanding Gel Pillars & Novelties and more...

April 2004--Candle Making Trends, Rolled Candles with Beeswax Sheets, Making Taper Candles and more...

March 2004--Color Theory & Techniques, Floating Candle Molds, Making Tealight Candles and more...

February 2004--Mold Techniques, Computers and Candlemaking, Making Easter Egg Chunk Candles and more...

January 2004--Marketing Natural Wax and Paraffin Candles, Layering Natural Wax Candles and more...

December 2003--Holiday Greetings, 2003 Year in Review, The 6 P's, Making Icicle Candles and more...

November 2003--Building Your Candle Product Line, Making Holiday Ornaments & Soap-on-a-Wick and more...

October 2003--Marketing Your Candles, Polyurethane Molds, Making Lemon Candles, and more...

September 2003--Packaging & Labeling, Essential Oils, Making Rolled Pillars with Beeswax Sheets, and more...

August 2003--Using Palm Wax, Increasing Your Profit Margins, Using Aluminum Molds, and more...

July 2003--Ultra Violet Light Absorbers, Reducing Shipping Costs, Dipping Techniques, and more...

June 2003--Choosing the Right Wick, Using a Wick Stick, Making Floater Candles, and more...

May 2003--New Products Review, Pouring Temperatures, Finishes For Your Candles, and more...

April 2003--Selecting Paraffin, Natural and “Hybrid” Waxes, Using Pillar Pins, and more...

March 2003--Selling & Marketing Candles, Making it Easier to Make Pillars, Wax Art Crystals and more...

February 2003--Pouring Temperatures, Votive Tips, Making Grubby Candles, and more...

January 2003--Candle Making Safety Tips, Instruction Labels, What To Do With Extra Wax and more...

December 2002--Polycarbonate Molds, Making Clear Snowball Candles, and more...

November 2002--Candle Making as a Second Language, The Story of Chandler, Natural F Wax, and more...

October 2002--Candle Making as a Second Language, Projects Review and more...

September 2002--Accessorizing Your Manufacturing, Making Clear Pillar Candles, and more...

July/August 2002--Making Cinnamon Roll Candles, Clear Pillar Base, New Products, and more...

May/June 2002--Back to Basics, Making F Wax Candles, and more...

April 2002--Making Streaked Candles, Wax 101 part 3: Natural Wax, and more...

March 2002--Making Crackled Candles, Wax 101 part 2: Gel Wax, and more...

February 2002--Making Easter Egg Candles, Wax 101: An Overview, and more...

January 2002 --Review of 2001, Frosty Snowman Candles, New Products, Safety Info and more...

December 2001--Botanical candles, making white candles white and more...

November 2001--Chunk candles, clearance sale!, candlemaking books and more...

October 2001--The new candle market, choosing gels, votive wicks and more...

August 2001--New products, new location , new web site and more...

July 2001--Selling & Marketing Candles (part 3), Candle Burn Times and more...

June 2001--Selling & Marketing Candles (part 2), UV Light Absorbers, Wax Additive Recommendations and more...

May 2001--Selling & Marketing Candles, Burning Instructions, Selecting Sustainer Bases and more...

April 2001--Natural Waxes, Candle Burn Times, Wax Pouring Temperatures and more...

March 2001--Making Wax Inserts, Blended vs. Non-Blended Waxes, Colors, Fragrances and more...

February 2001--Whipped Wax, Wax Art Crystal Wax, Gel Candles, Using Containers and more...

 

 


 


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