Making Gel Candles is for Me
Step 1 Choosing the Proper Gel
Additives are not needed for making gel candles.
Low Density Gel
Holds between 0-3% scent. Will allow the maximum burning pool.
Medium Density Gel
Holds between 0-4% scent. The most widely used gel.
High Density Gel
Holds between 0-5 % scent.
Step 2 Selecting Scents
You need to use scents that are non-polar and have a flash
point of 170 degrees F when making gel candles. Other fragrances
can migrate out of the gel and cause problems.
Step 3 Coloring Your Candles
For gel candles only liquid
dyes should be used. Most other dyes are wax-based, which
can cause the gel to become cloudy. Very little dye is needed
when making gel candles. Generally one ounce can color nearly
100 pounds of gel. If using the clear container base (CCB-1),
check out our pre-made color squares. The clear container color
squares are not designed for use in CG-1, CG-2 or CG-3.
Remember, it's very easy to over color gels.
Step 4 Working With Wicks
Selecting the proper wick is critical with gel candles due
to the higher burning temperatures of this product. It is also
very important to select the proper sustainer base for the
pre-wick assembly. The key element in the sustainer base is
the "neck height," which is the part that holds the
wick upright. A longer neck helps to ensure that the flame
is extinguished before reaching the bottom of the container.
Step 5 Getting Glassware
Candlewic's offering of glassware continues to grow. The standard
apothecary jars are always available in 15 oz., 22 oz. and
32 oz. sizes. Additionally, we are always looking for new and
exciting glassware so make sure you check out the glassware
Step 6 The Right Tools for the Job
When making any type of candle it is important that you have
all the necessary equipment to make quality candles.
These are needed to take your liquid wax and pour into your molds or containers.
No candle shop can be without this important tool.
These handy little devices help to keep your wick centered in the glass when
you pour the wax.
Candlewic has an extensive selection of wax embeds great to use with any of
the standard gels. However, they are not suitable for the Clear Container Base.
A good book will serve as a reference tool as well as including safety precautions.