As a candle maker this is the most exciting time
of the year. With fall and winter, comes holidays that are
most suited for candles. What better gift to give your Thanksgiving
host than an Apple Pie candle and what better way to thank
a co-worker who enjoys the outdoors than with a Country Cloths
Line candle. Regardless of the occasion, a candle can be
a warm, inviting and intimate gift to anyone.
By the time your candle is in the hands of the consumer
you have made a number of decisions all with the intent of
ensuring your customer is pleased with the performance of
the candle and will buy more. The intent of our newsletter
is to allow you to make informed decisions on these products.
Over the course of the year we have covered how to select
the right wax, proper wick selection, identifying color trends
and fragrance trends. (See
If you are making any type of free-standing candles, this
is the issue just for you. In this issue we will be focusing
on choosing the right mold for your application. In today’s
candle world the choices to make pillar candles are extensive.
This type of mold is emerging as the best option for candle
manufacturers making standard size candles such as 3" x
3½", 4" x 4½" and other 2",
3" and 4" diameter candles. These molds are relatively
inexpensive and produce a very nice finish on the candle
as they do not have any seam lines. The only limit to aluminum
molds is that only standard sizes are generally available.
Custom sizes are much more difficult to do with aluminum
and tooling must be built for every different size. CHANDLER
NOTE: To improve your finish using this mold try pre-heating
and pouring at around 180F.
These molds are a great choice when you want to make an exciting
shape or design. The finish on a candle made with a polycarbonate
mold is outstanding. Polycarbonate can be a great way for “starters” to
observe the way wax sets up and takes on different appearances
through the cooling process. Like aluminum these molds are
not suited for custom sizes or shapes. We have expanded our
line and continually look for exciting new sizes and shapes.
This material is in the same family as silicone and is very
well suited for novelty, figurine and custom candles. The
most popular finished candle using these molds are the tapers.
They are available in lengths of 6" all the way to 12".
Kits are available for making custom molds if you have an
object or shape that you want to customize.
In some instances there is “overlap” on the
types of mold materials. For instance there is a 2" x
3½" in aluminum and polycarbonate molds. The
mold you choose would be determined by what you like best.
In this case, the advantage with aluminum is that your candles
would look consistent if you already have 3" and 4" diameter
molds. If you chose to use polycarbonate in this case your
3" and 4" would look different because those sizes
are not available in polycarbonate molds.
There is not really a right or wrong wax but the type of
candle you make will make the decision for you what will
Help, my cinnamon jar candle is no longer
burning with my wick!
As you may have read on my site, a wick should be tested
to each color/wax/fragrance combination. Certain fragrance/color
combinations can create different burning characteristics.
Cinnamon, herbs and berries in many instances create different
burning properties in the candle despite everything else
being exactly the same. Darker colors can also change the
burning properties of the candle. It is not unusual in
some of the wider diameter containers to have several different
wicks for color scent combinations.
With the holidays rapidly approaching don’t forget
to take advantage of our “Bonus Size” your
wick order when using the Customer Wick Builder.
out and want to make scented candles? Check out our
selection of closeout
fragrances for under $6.00 per pound.
Or if you wish to purchase 25
pounds of fragrance at $5.00 per pound how about
these fragrances: Red Current Apple, Tangerine,
Ocean Breeze, Holly Berry, Bayberry, Jasmine, Apricot,
Pear , Mango , Pina Colada, Vanilla-Sandalwood,
Potpourri, Spice, Coconut, or Heliotrope. If are
interested please call Bill Binder at 800-368-3352
NOTE: These do not represent
our standard fragrances and were part of a "Buy
out". They must be purchased in 25 pound sizes
only. Limited quantity of each.
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If you are starting out making
candles and looking for a good “gift” or
project for this holiday season a Natural candle
in a tin fits both needs. These tins are easy to
make and can easily be personalized. In many instances
tins do not always require coloring and the natural
color of the Soy was works very well especially
for Aromatherapy candles.
aluminum tin container eliminates the need to worry
over “wet spots” commonly found in
glass container candles, and does not require a
second pour. They are simple to make, easy to decorate,
and eliminates the issues of jars breaking in transit.
So if you are needing a project with your group
this is perfect and to really reduce your cost
check out our clearance fragrances.
Heat your Soy 125 to around 150 F if you are not adding any color.
If you are adding color heat your wax up to around 180 F. Add
your dye and let cool back down to 150 F.
Remove the lids from your tins and arrange on the pouring table.
Some people insert wicks first with a glue
dot and some add the wick after they pour. Both methods work
Add your fragrance and pour.
Let cool and decorate the tin as desired. Tins get hot, so be sure
to label the finished candle appropriately.
offer several options for coloring your
Vanilla Candle Scent
Gardenia Candle Scent
Cinnamon Candle Scent
Lavender Candle Scent
Banana Nut Bread
Lilac Candle Scent
Baby Powder Scent
French Vanilla Scent
all scents ]
you know that Proctor and Gamble started
out as a candle company in addition to a
soap company? They continued to make candles
up until 1920. According to the company's
web site, candle sales declined with the
invention of the light bulb.