Candle Making Newsletter
to the En-light-ener, Candlewic's newsletter for the candle making community.
behalf of the Candlewic Company we wish to thank everyone
that visited our web site, placed an order with our Staff
or sent us an email. We always appreciate hearing from
our customers. We had a very exciting 2002 and can assure
you that 2003 will be even more exciting. We have many
new plans and efforts under way to assist you in working
with our company.
2002 we introduced some extraordinary new products to the
Candle market and plan on doing the same in 2003. The best
way to stay informed about these products and projects
is to read our En-Light-ner each month. For our new members,
we do have all past copies posted on our website.
wish to thank everyone who has sent me emails of encouragement
on appointment to the position of Assistant for Candle
Making Education (ASCME). My primary goal is to assist
Candle Makers of all sizes in learning how to improve the
way they make candles. If you look on our website, I have
a very large selection to assist beginners to learn everything
they need to know about candle making. However, I can also
assist the larger manufacturer to improve in any area they
frequently asked question is: "How do I stop the
candle from sweating but still get mottling in my candles?"
a candle to mottle consistently without getting the scent
to "bleed out" is a balance between using the
correct amount of scent, the proper wax and how it can
be improved with a wax additive. Our best recommendation
would be to use the 4045H wax, about 4-5% fragrance, and
about 1% Vybar
343 as the wax additive. For those not familiar Vybar
343, it is a recently introduced product that has been
designed to assist in holding in the fragrance while still
letting the mottling occur. Standard Vybar
103 and 260 were
designed to eliminate the mottling. This new product has
been very successful in this application.
do encourage everyone to keep the questions coming. For
those new to Candle Making I also encourage you to visit "My
Section" which can be reached by clicking the
link next to me on the Candlewic home page. One of my first
items of business was to develop our Pillar Kit, which
allows you to make pillars, votives, floaters and shapes.
is available at an introductory price of $27.95. This
is a great resource for starting out if you want to try
and determine what type of pillars or other shapes you
wish to make.
you are aware there is a large selection of types of molds
to use when making candles. The materials to choose from
include Aluminum, Silicon, Polyurethane, Tin and one of
our favorites, Polycarbonate. In most instances each type
of material has specific applications that work best in
candle making. The aluminum molds are always good for standard
size pillars such as 3 x 3½ round, square molds
and octagons. The polyurethane molds have always been good
for figurines such as bears, rabbits and fruit pieces.
becoming one of the favorites among candle makers is the polycarbonate
molds. These molds are available in a large assortment
of unique geometrical shapes and sizes. Popular ones include
the Pyramid, Pentagonal and the Ball molds.
new and lightweight molds are very popular due to the nice
and shiny finish you can achieve on your candle. Also they
are lightweight, very durable and allow for easy release
from the mold. Plus, no water bath is needed when using
polycarbonate molds. Also, they are clear.
differences you can get when pouring into clear Polycarbonate
molds versus other materials can't be over emphasized.
You can achieve a very nice sheen to any candle without
having to provide a water bath. The finish and release
is truly remarkable plus these molds are clear. The Candlewic
Company continues to expand
its selection of these molds. Some of the new shapes
and sizes include a heart,
a star and
new to the line is now an 18-hour
votive cup. This new and exciting votive size candle
mold is a must for anyone interested in offering a new
product. This new votive cup can be used as a mold or as
a finished candle holder. You can pour your wax into the
mold, top off and you now have a finished candle ready
for resale without taking it out of the mold. Think of
all the time you can save and eliminate other packaging
needs. You can now produce a candle that will look like
an enlarged tea light.
introduced this product at $.40 a piece. If you are
interested in ordering over 2,500 pieces we encourage
you to contact us for even better pricing.