September 01, 2002

Accessorizing Your Manufacturing

"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.


 

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