En-Light-ener" February 2001
Candle Making Newsletter
are pleased to provide you with the introductory edition of the
Candlewic Newsletter. It is our hope that this newsletter provides
you with some helpful hints on Candle making, alert you to our
monthly specials and keep you informed of relevant information
on the Candle industry. Along the way we hope to humor you, provide
little "tid bits" of information on candle making and learn more
about our customers.
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In the past several years the popularity of "whipped" wax has returned. In
the early 1970's whipped waxes were used in many different candles including
balls (resembled snow balls), logs, "sugarcoated candles" and pillars to create
unique and different looks.
Taking a candle which has a color and applying a white whipped wax to the candle
produces a very unique look as the candle burns and the colors becomes apparent.
Today the "whipped wax" has proven to be even more popular with the introduction
of cake candles, pie candles and ideal applications with gels. Getting the
wax to have the whipped appearance can be relatively easy.
Melt this wax in a small container where the temperature
can be controlled easily, a crock pot or small water jacket
melter will work very well. Caution Note: Any container you
use should also have a secure lid which can be placed on
melting your wax, when it reaches 160F turn off the heat,
watch the wax very closely and as the wax begins to cloud
whip the wax with a fork, eggbeater or mixer at a very slow
speed. (Make sure you have permission to use the household
mixer, using this mixer again for making cookies may be difficult.)
The wax will begin to take on a "whipped look." Be careful
not to agitate harshly in that it may "dry" the wax and make
Note: Safety Glasses should be worn when whipping the wax. Gloves
should also be worn since your hands may come in direct contact
with the wax.
use of the whipped wax is only limited by your imagination; use
it to make cake candles, make your pie candles look real, put
on top of beer mugs to give it that frothy look.
Please exercise all necessary precautions when using whipped wax.
For more information or to order products mentioned here, visit our website
WAX ART FUN
Looking for the perfect birthday party idea, church activity, camping craft
or just plain fun in making candles? Then wax art crystals may be the answer
for all of these activities. Wax art crystals are small round beads about the
size of BB's which can be used in the same fashion as sand art. The crystals
allows adults and children to experience the art of candle making without having
to melt the wax.
Any heat-resistant container can be used to make these candles. Once you have
selected the container you can take the wax crystals and begin layering them
in the container. Once you have layers you can begin to make unique designs
by sliding a toothpick, pencil or straw down the sides to create streaks and
waves. When the container is filled to the desired layer a waxed wick should
be inserted in the center, you now have a candle ready to use. Adult supervision
should always be present when lighting the candle. All standard burning precautions
should be observed when using this candle.
When integrated with candle gels, the possibilities become endless. White can
be used to create a snow scene, green when used on the bottom of the container
can be used to look like grass and when the crystals are mixed with candle
gel they can be melted creating a "streak" or "tail" to the wax. The wax crystals
will be consumed in normal burning of the candles.
The final advantage of the wax crystals is that they can be melted and used
to make pillars and/or votives. This pre-blended formula will produce very
nice candles without having to add any colors to the wax. Important note: When
the granulated wax is melted and poured the colors created will be much darker
than in the granulated form. To get lighter colors, white granulated wax should
be mixed to lighten the colors.
The best news of all is that Candlewic is pleased to announce our new line
of "Fruitalicious" granulated wax. Beginning on February 1, 2001 we will be
carrying a scented/color granulated wax in Red/Strawberry, Green/Melon, Peach/Fresh
Peach, Orange/Tangerine. Throughout the year we will be expanding the fragrance
offering, so make sure you check back with us.
According to various sources the US candle market is over 2.3 Billion dollars,
not including candle accessories.
The idea to start Candlewic was started when Bill and Betty Binder where making
candles in a milk carton as Cub Scout Project with one their sons.
How do I reduce the air bubbles in my jars and pillars?
There are many cause of air bubbles in the candle. Some simple solutions would
be to heat the container and/or pillar mold. Generally a dry heat such as a
heat gun or heat lamp should be sufficient, the objective is to take the chill
and/or moisture out of the container. You may also want to pour your wax at
a slightly higher temperature, for safety reason it is imperative not to pour
too hot (not above 205 F). You may also want to slightly increase your mico
or vybar usage. Finally you may want to slow down when pouring the wax into
the container, splashing of the wax should be kept to a minimum.
What is the best wax to use for containers?
A lot of variables go into selecting the proper wax for containers including
but not limited to the diameter of the container you will be filling, location
of your facility and intentions for using the wax for other applications. Generally
the ideal wax for filling containers is one with a melt point between 121-130
F. The use of these waxes is generally divided equally with half of the manufacturers
using the low end of the melt point and the other half using the higher end
closer to 130F.
The 121 melting point works well because it allows you to fill larger diameter
containers without having much difficulty getting a single wick to burn all
the way out to the sides. However, the 121 F wax can create problems during
the summer months with the wax and/or candles "hot melting" in trucks and warehouses.
The 129 melt point eliminates the hot melting but in some instances on large
diameter containers, with high fragrance load/dark colors may have difficulty
getting a wick to burn all the way to the sides. Our conclusion is that there
is nothing wrong with using either wax. You should select one that best suites
The popularity of gel candles continue to increase here in the states. The
ability to develop new and innovative uses with the candle gel allows this
medium to grow at a staggering rate. It is important to note that candle gel
has different burning properties than paraffin wax and therefore it is imperative
all safety precautions are followed. These include but not limited to using
fragrances with flash points higher then 170 F, proper wick selection becomes
critical, selection of container used able to withstand the heat and the even
the wick base is critical.
It is recommended that the neck height of the wick base be at a minimum of
6 mm but more appropriately 9 mm when making a gel candle. The neck of the
clip is what holds the wick up and the higher neck/collar will assist in not
allowing all of the candle gel to be consumed when it reaches the bottom of