Candle Making Newsletter
to the En-light-ener, Candlewic's newsletter for the candle making community.
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AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
the last issue we started a new feature entitled "Candle
Making as a Second Language". We will continue with
this theme in this edition. In future issues, this will become
a regular feature.
Wax At the present time there has not been a clear-cut
definition assigned to this product as it relates to
the candle industry. In general this is any wax that
is a by-product of a plant, insect or other living creature
can be considered a natural wax.
it is a natural wax it is further defined as a wax that
is 100% Soy.
products are used to increase the melt point of a wax,
increase the vibrancy of the colors, improve opacity, or
to "strengthen" the wax. Common polymers include
AC-400 and C-15. Many blended waxes will contain polymers.
Penetration This is commonly used to measure the
hardness of the wax. While this is important when using
waxes on high-speed equipment and hand carved applications
it is difficult to access a wax on this merit only.
Pool This term is use to describe the diameter of
liquid wax that occurs during the burning of the wick.
In a 4-inch diameter glass the ideal situation is to
get a melt pool as close as possible to the side of the
Refined Wax This is a wax that has been through the
maximum refined process. A fully refined wax generally
has a melt point of 125 degrees F or better and has a
lower oil content. The exact oil content will vary depending
on the melt point of the wax. Fully refined waxes are
generally used to make pillars, votives and most candles
other then container candles.
future editions of the Englightner we will continue to
provide additional definitions that should be helpful in
understanding the "World of Candle Making."
R O J E C T
with Natural F Wax using a 3-wick mold
a natural pillar wax that displays a feather design
when completed. There is no need for any additives
because the feather design occurs as a result of
the crystallization process.
note that because the characteristics of natural waxes
are different than paraffin waxes, procedures will change
when you determine wick size and the amount of fragrance
and color to add.
mold for this project is Candlewic catalog #AM-16, a 6" X
6½" round aluminum mold with 3 wicks holes.
the desired amount of the F wax to between 140-160 degrees
F and add your color and fragrance. This wax will hold
between 4% and 6% fragrance. Preheat the desired mold to
140 degrees F. Aluminum molds seem to work best with this
wax. Pour the wax into the mold and as the wax begins to
solidify re-pour at about 20 degrees F above your initial
pouring temperature. It may be necessary to poke a hole
on the top surface prior to re-pouring to ensure there
are no air pockets in the candle.
best performance results during burning, it is recommended
you use the RRD wicks, HTP wicks or the CD wicks. All of
are available from Candlewic.