A New Market Trend.
One of the keys to success in candle making is continually
offering new and interesting products. In past issues we
identified that offering new fragrances, responding to color
trends and offering new containers could accomplish this.
In this issue, we will discuss a developing trend in the
candle market -- new textures combined with shapes.
candles in unique shapes and designs is a great way to capture
a potential customer rather than relying on your fragrance
selection. The unique shape or texture can visually attract
the potential customer. If the shape and texture is unique
enough, it can become part of the room décor and may
not even have to be fragranced.
With the emergence of palm waxes, mottled candles, layered
and even “grubby” candles (see the December
2004 edition of the En-Light-ener) textures are a big
part of the candle industry. Combined with the endless selection
of unique shapes and designs in molds, you can create one-of-a-kind
With this endless selection, you may have a hard time selecting
what is right for you. The Polycarbonate
molds, which we also call Designer molds, are a great
line to review. With unique shapes such as Rhombic Cone,
Flat Steps and Spiral Sphere it is easy to see what great
looks you can create. Any of these shapes can be greatly
enhanced by using a mottling wax, layering them or by using
some of the palm waxes.
molds are not quite as “exotic” as the
designer molds, but they do offer choices. Traditional
square candles can be made to look different by making
them with a grubby texture or layered. The octagon made
with any of the Palm
waxes in earth tone colors makes for a great candle.
An important note with Aluminum molds is they will yield
the best results when used the palm waxes.
molds offer choices in shapes, which can make unique
candles. However, one issue with polyurethane molds is that
you cannot get textures using these molds. They are still
great for making unique shaped and seasonal candles. Looking
for the perfect wedding shower gift? The M-146 Small Bear
in either baby blue or pink is the perfect favor. Does your
area have an Apple or fall festival? If so, a red apple scented
with one of the hot scents such as apple cinnamon is the
perfect addition. Polyurethane molds are easy to use and
the designs you can get are expansive.
One other growing trend related to shapes is larger size
candles. BIG candles are back in style. A 6-inch diameter
candle in 3-inch, 6-inch or 9-inch height can create the
unique look your customers are looking for.
Since these are candles, it is important that you focus
on the wick sizes for these candles. These unique candles
are always a challenge to size properly. In many instances
the top is narrower than the bottom, the middle may bulge
out or in the case of a square, the corners may not burn
out completely. Be sure to test different wicks in these
types of candles and always select the wick that will burn
the candle properly at the “narrowest” point
of the candle.
Making unique shape candles can appeal to such a large segment
of the market because you can appeal by color, shape, texture
and even fragrance. In many instances with candles you are
trying to capture the customer based solely on the fragrance,
but the shape and texture allow you to capture their imagination.
|We still have many fragrances available
at half price and beeswax
sheets at just 50 cents per sheet.
Why are there so many different types
of molds for making
We like to narrow the selection down to three basic materials,
aluminum, polycarbonate and binderthane. Each of the materials
is good for a certain type of candle.
Aluminum molds are always great for the standard round
and square candles. With standard sizes they are seamless,
competitively priced, add a nice finish to the candle and
generally allow the candle to release easily. Due to tooling
costs, creating different shapes and sizes is not an alternative.
Polycarbonate molds are great for unique shapes and sizes.
They are made of durable plastic and give an excellent
finish on the candle.
Binderthane is always best for creating unique shapes,
figurines and other candles that are not suitable for “sliding
||Every so often there is a cartoon, quote or funny
antidote relating to candle making that is fun to share.
This is a picture that we have always enjoyed.
Making Candles With
Shapes & Textures
To really create that special
candle, our project is going to focus on both texture
and shape. We have selected the octagon aluminum
mold and the Palm 2 wax. The Palm 3 wax or any
aluminum mold can be substituted to create your
own special look. I think the Ylang and Amber fragrance
is the perfect compliment to this unique candle.
Again, you can select any fragrance to fit the
shape or ambience you are trying to create. Did
we mention that by using the Palm wax you are also
making an all Natural Candle.
Melt Palm Wax in double boiler. Note that the hotter you make the
wax, the more the wax will create a snowflake look on the candle.
Do not exceed 210°F.
Add some shavings of color blocks and 4% to 5% of fragrance.
Using the rubber plug and wick bar, prepare your aluminum mold
Before pouring wax, it is suggested to heat the mold with a heat
gun or a heat lamp to maximize the crystalizing effect of the
Pour liquid Palm Wax into the mold and let cool. By slowing the
cooling rate of your poured candles, you can create fantastic
crystal effects in your Palm Wax candles.
Sometimes Palm Wax requires a second pour. You will know it is
necessary if a thin layer of wax forms over your candle when
cooled. Simply poke a hole in this layer and perform your second
Top Selling Molds
M-63 Votive Cup
AM-5 Aluminum 3 x 4½
AM-4 Aluminum 3 x 3½
AM-1 Aluminum 2 x 3½
SM-1 Square Votive
AM-16 Aluminum Mold 6 x 6½
DSM-15 Polycarbonate Egg
M-58 Tea Light Mat
M-22 Rose Floater
|Never made a Candle?
| Be sure to look at our crafter site and
check out our great hobby/starter
kit. This unique kit includes a pouring pot, 1 pound of
wax, wicks, thermometer, molds, color and fragrance. This kit
is a great introduction into candle making. Note: This is a
beginner kit and fragrance is a solid fragrance if you want
stronger smelling candles you may want to add some of the liquid
fragrances to the order.