September 01, 2006

Clearly Still Here

Clearly Still Here

For those who have been in candle making for more than 10 years will recall the introduction of one the most unique products to hit the candle market in a long time: candle gel.   This patented product is described by Penreco (Patent Holder):

A specially selected processed mineral oil that is gelled with copolymers that give it a clear rubbery texture. Similar to traditional wax candles, clear gel candles are commonly produced from a hydrocarbon base stock.

At the time, the product piqued everyone in the candle industry’s interest and many jumped into candle making just to use the gel.   Creative designs were found as beach scenes, golf balls at a bottom of a blue colored gel, fish floating in the container, and who can forget one of the single most popular candles in the last few years?  The fruit preserve.  

Fast forward 10 years and many of these exciting candles can still be found in the market.  One of the most exciting aspects of the gel is that this segment of the candle market is completely dominated by small-candle manufacturers and crafters. These types of candles, when made right, still capture many consumers interest.

The key is always developing new products and using the “strength” of the product, which is translucency of the product.  Candles poured into champagne glasses with prom themes will always be popular. In beach towns, scenes of the beach with fish and coral are always a good impulse buy for visitors. For many, the fruit preserve is always a great gift item. 

While there are many similarities between making gel candles and paraffin candles there is enough of a difference that you should do research to make sure you are using all of the right products.

First choose the right gel.  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 is generally suited for gel candles with 0-3 percent fragrance loads. Generally, the low density can be poured at lower temperatures, ideally 195 F - 205 F.

The medium density is generally suited for candles with 3-5 percent 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 is best suited when embedding heavier wax inserts and higher scent loads.

After choosing the right gel, it is important to review all of the other components to make a safe candle.  These safety precautions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Must use fragrances which are non-polar, if unsure check with your fragrance supplier.
  • Fragrances must have a flash point higher than 170 F.
  • Proper wick selection is critical. In some instances you may want to undersize your wick. This can create a unique "glowing" effect as the candle burns. It is important to test wicks in all your containers.
  • A wick assembly should have a wick base that has a 9mm neck.
  • Depending upon density, do not go over the recommended percent usage for fragrance.
  • Always have burning instructions.
  • Make sure gel embeds are not flammable, it can be surprising at times what objects are flammable.
Versagel is still a very unique product and can create candles that no other product in the marketplace can replicate.  If you are interested in checking out something new, then it just might be the right time to look at this exciting product.

 

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As more and more people
start working with the Soy
wax, the questions related to its
use continue to increase.
Without a doubt the No.1 question
in relation to Soy wax is:

Why does a “crusty” top develop on the candle?

This is caused by adding too much fragrance to the wax.  One of the limitations in working with Soy wax is that it does not hold as much fragrance as paraffin wax. When too much fragrance is added to the wax it will cause this crusting on top of the candle. To help the soy hold more fragrance, I would suggest trying to add about 4-7 percent of the Palm stearic or about one percent of the Vybar 260.

 


September 2006

Featured Project:
One-Pour Tins

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 works very well, especially for Aromatherapy candles. 

The 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 in need of a project with your group, this is perfect. And to really reduce your cost check out our clearance fragrances.

Ingredients
Aluminum Tins
Soy 125
Wick Assembly
Color (optional)
Fragrance

Instructions

Step 1
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 scent and let cool back down to 150 F. 


We offer several options for coloring your wax.

Step 2
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 well.

Step 3
Add your fragrance and pour.

Step 4
Let cool and decorate the tin as desired. Tins get hot, so be sure to label the finished candle appropriately.

 

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