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March 01, 2002
Wax 101 Part 2: Gel Wax
En-Light-ener" March 2002
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For those who are new to our group, you may want to take the time to review the past issues of our En-Light-ener, which can be found on our website. Over the past year we have covered a wide range of exciting topics relating to candle making.
We are now in the middle of our newest series entitled "Wax 101." In the first article of this series we covered the most common product, the paraffin candle and this edition will focus on Candle Gel. We will finish the series in April with the topic of Natural Waxes.
101 part 2: Gel Wax
Candlewic is an authorized distributor for Penreco's patented Versagel product line. In some respects the Gel can be easier to learn than most candle applications. However, it is very important when making any type of candle, whether it is paraffin, gel or natural waxes, that all safety requirements are followed when producing candles.
The selection of the proper gel is limited to three different densities. The determination of the proper gel for your application will be dependent upon the type of gel candle you will be making and how much fragrance will be used.
The low density (Candlewic's CG-1) is generally suited for gel candles with 0-3% fragrance loads. Generally, the low density can be poured at lower temperatures, ideally 195°-205° F.
The medium density (Candlewic's CG-2) is generally suited for candles with 3-5% fragrance. This density is a good gel for embedding many of the wax inserts. This particular gel is quickly becoming the most popular gel.
High Density (Candlewic's CG-3) is best suited when embedding heavier wax inserts and higher scent loads.
When making gel candles there are no additives needed and in most instances anything you add to the gel including fragrance at times, can cloud the finished product.
Before making gel candles for resale it is important that you review all of the safety precautions in manufacturing these candles. These safety precautions include, but are not limited to, some of the following:
One of the most intriguing aspects of the gel candle is the endless ability to create new and interesting designs and candles. The gel candle has brought a whole new level of "Art" to candle making.
Candlewic is prepared to offer you all of the materials to make your gel candles. Don't miss out on the wonderful sale we presently have on both candle gel and wick assemblies.
A good book that covers many other aspects of gel candles is Gel Candles, How to Make & Market Gel Candles That Sell Like Wildfire!
Simply take any pillar candle you are making and pour under normal conditions. During the cooling process take the entire mold and place it in the freezer. The ideal time to do this will vary depending on the size of the mold and the wax being used. At a minimum the wax should be totally set up on top of the mold and the mold is warm to a touch. Placing the candle in the freezer too early will cause the candle to "physically" crack, which is undesirable.