Candle Making Newsletter
the En-light-ener, Candlewic's newsletter for the candle making community.
One of the truly enjoyable things about candle making is that it constantly
changes with the seasons, holidays and even with the products being offered.
This allows the Candle Maker to continually introduce new products to
the customers. For those doing candle making as a craft, the excitement
is learning new and exciting techniques that will continually keep your
interest in the hobby/craft.
changes can be as simple as introducing a new fragrance
to match the season or holiday, or they can be as novel
as working with the clear
pillar base. The challenges can be exciting, fun and
if desired be profitable. As you will learn early on, it
is the "little things" in candle making that
can make the difference in quality and consistent candles.
Each medium (gel, natural waxes and paraffin wax) has their "little" factors
that contribute to these results.
THE LITTLE THINGS
a Realtor might say location, location and location is what
sells a property, a Candle Maker would have to say temperature,
temperature and temperature is what makes a good candle.
While many other factors contribute to the quality of a finished
candle, the importance of temperature cannot be overstated.
pouring temperatures should always be followed for each
of the products being used. The temperature of the wax
should always be measured in the pouring pot prior to pouring
your candle. The temperature of the wax can change when
poured into the pouring pot, or when scent is added or
even by the time you finish pouring the candle so do not
always rely on the temperature in your wax melter (if using
a different tank).
may also want to check to see if there are other options
available for pouring the waxes. For example the recommend
pouring temperature for a wax such as the CBL-129 is
170 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. In some instances, better
results can also be achieved by pouring this wax hotter.
There may be other issues such as increased shrinkage and
color changes, but it may be something worth pursuing.
second temperature variable is the temperature of the mold
or container that the wax is being poured into. In most
instances, the best results are achieved by preheating
the mold or container to some level, with a general rule
of “warm to the touch.” The precise temperature
level will be determined by the product, room temperature
and your pouring temperature.
to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit should be sufficient with everything
except some of the special effect natural waxes (F Wax and
final variable is the room temperature. This will vary
across the United States. Some candle makers have to contend
with high humidity where others contend with dry heat and
others extreme cold. The important issue is to recognize
this as a variable and compensate where possible. For example,
if the work area is very cold you may have to preheat your
mold container more and pour at a higher temperature.
best results, everything should be measured by weight,
including fragrance. This allows for more consistent results.
Unfortunately, teaspoons and tablespoons are not always
reliable. When you use an effective additive such as vybar,
being off a little bit can dramatically affect the results
of the candle.
most candle makers learn this early on, it is still important
to note that the fragrance should always be the last thing
added to the wax just before pouring.
are many other little “tricks” that we try
to cover in this newsletter and encourage you to visit
past issues to review some of these helpful hints.
on the number of questions I receive, it seems like everyone
is keeping busy. In general votives are one of the most
popular candles made these days, so I am often asked, “Is
there an easier way to make votives?”
of the recent developments for making votives is the votive
pin. This simple devise allows a votive to be made
with the wick centered each and every time. The pin also
allows cotton and other specialty wicks to be used since
the rigidity is not a factor. You can simply place the
pin in the cup, pour the wax and if necessary top off.
When the candle hardens remove the pin and slide a Pre-Wick
assembly in the preformed hole of the candle.
new development for making votives is the exciting new
V wax. This wax is truly a 1 pour designed specifically
for votives. The V wax is easy to use and can hold up to
6% fragrance. We encourage you to try both of these products
and, in fact, if you order the Votive Pin before the end
of February we will send you a metal votive cup for
each pin that you order.
should also be noted that pins are also presently available
for 2" & 3" diameter pillars up to 6½ in
always, I am available to address any questions you may
have and encourage you to visit my
own personal section on the Candlewic website.