Candle Making Newsletter
the En-light-ener, Candlewic's newsletter for the candle making community.
It’s hard to believe the official start of summer is only days
away. It seems as though here in the Northeast we just finished digging
out of our last snowstorm. For many, the Summer time does represent a
lull in the marketplace. For others who do craft shows, festivals and
fairs, it is just the beginning. The candle market is an exciting one
and it is great to be part of it.
is an excellent time of year to explore many things such
as new products to offer, scents and even how you produce
your candles. In this edition of the En-Light-ener we will
touch on many of these subjects so that when the Holiday
Season is upon us you can be prepared.
(What Is New)
natural wax market place continues to thrive. Those who
have worked with the product know that the ease of use,
the low shrinkage and adhesion to the container make this
wax suitable for any candle company. If you currently make
paraffin candles, the dyes, scents and melters can all
be the same as you presently use.
natural waxes also allow you to create unique one-of-a-kind
designs. These designs include the feather look (F
Wax), Quartz look (Q
Wax for containers and PQ)
and a granite look (G
Wax). All of these looks are achieved without the
need for additives. If you have not tried them, it
may be worthwhile for that "One-of-a-Kind" look.
and processes for making candles with natural waxes
vary slightly. Typically, you will need to use more
color as well as wicks with the proper "treatment." The
limits on scent loads are different as well. These
will vary with each wax so it is important that you
review before making candles.
summer we were extremely excited about
launching the Clear
Pillar Base. This brand new product
allowed candle companies of all sizes to
make freestanding candles that are translucent.
This new revolutionary product continues
to become stronger every day. Those who
have tested the product realize the design
procedures when using this product are very different
from making paraffin candles. We recommend that you
review all of the information on our web site when
you choose to work with this product. We do offer many
different types of kits that include all of the products
needed to make some exciting designs.
When making candles there are several new developments that we have covered
previously but do feel they are a true benefit. The Votive
Pin has been one
of easiest and most effective
in making votives. This pin will ensure the wick is centered
in each votive you make and also will allow for cotton
core wicks, LX wicks and other less rigid wicks to be used
in your candle. With
the pin and free votive cup making votives has never been
so easy. We also have pins for making pillars easier. They
are available in three sizes: 2
inch, and 4
believe these pins are so effective that for
each votive pin you order we will give you a FREE votive
The mottled candle continues to be very popular for candle makers. Candlewic
was the first company to offer the Vybar
343, which was specifically designed for holding more scent in the
mottled pillar without it bleeding. This product (made by the same company
that brought us Vybar 103 and Vybar 260) is a must when making mottled
other strong selling candle is the multi-layer
candle. These candles allow your company the opportunity
to offer several different scents in the same candle.
These candles are also great for fundraisers since
you can match team colors and organizations colors.
The J-300 is just the right wax for making container
candles with this design pattern. The J-300 allows
you to add up to 5% scent and not have it bleed
between layers. With Flag Day just around the corner
on June 14 and the 4th of July close behind, it
is just a perfect time to make that red, white
and blue candle.
of the most frequently asked questions I get is: “What
is the ideal pouring temperature for my candles?”
pouring temperature is going to vary greatly
depending on what type of candle is being made,
the desired finish and even the time of year.
In general a Soy container wax should be poured
anywhere from 120 degrees F up to 140 degrees
F. Pillar candles made with paraffin wax will
get best results when poured in excess of 180
degrees F, most one pour waxes 150-160 degrees
F and container candles made with other paraffin
waxes would be 170-180 degrees F. These are just
general guidelines and you may find you like
the results at different temperatures. It is
advisable wherever and whenever possible to preheat
your container and molds. Preheating can be accomplished
in many different means including heat guns,
heat lamps or any "dry" heat source.
(Do not dip in hot water.)
also encourage you to visit the new Scent
section on our web site. This new easy-to-use
section lets you narrow choices down by category,
gel safe and even skin safe. Along with this
new section we have launched many new and exciting
pillars these days can be fun due to the many different
looks and finishes that are available with waxes.
Whether it is a mottled candle with the 4045
H or an all-natural pillar using the PS
wax, you can increase the perceived value of
your pillar candle with this project.
wicking your candle leave about 1-1/2 to 2 inches
of wick at the bottom of the mold (Helpful Hint:
Remember this is the top of the candle.) Seal the
bottom as you normally would. Pour your pillar and
when finished take it out of the mold.
take the extra length of wick and consider some of
beads onto the wick in various colors, maybe even
the color of your candle.
• Place your instructions on a small sheet and have "dangle" them
on the end. It is one way to make sure they read the instructions
• Rather than instructions, try adding a brief history about your company…maybe
a catchy little antidote about candles…there are even little figurines
you may want to secure on the end.
extra little touch does not really cost anything
extra but will help people remember your candles.
The important note is to make sure the end user cuts
these items off before lighting.