The Latest In Candle Making Products
Like any business, hobby or craft there are constantly new products introduced to help
make the candle making process a little bit easier. As a beginner or experienced candle
maker, it is always difficult to determine if the product will actually make the process
easier for the user.
In this issue, we will explore some of the newer products that have been launched in the
last number of years, and how they are used. Several of the products have been around longer
then others but are still worth reviewing because for many, they are still new.
it is not one of the newer products on the market, it should definitely be considered
if you are looking for an easier way to make votives. The Votive
Pin M-63-P is a great product
to help ensure the wick is centered in your finished candle. The votive pin is placed
into the votive cup, pour your wax and top off as normal process. When the wax is hard,
remove the candle and slide out the pin, and insert a prewick assembly. By having the
hole preformed, it lets you use cotton wicks, paper and other wicks that in the past
were not rigid enough to use. Having the wick perfectly centered also vastly improves the
burning properties of the candle.
Similar to the votive pin is the pillar pin, which is available for round aluminum molds
2”, 3” and 4” in diameter. These improve the ability to wick the
molds faster then the traditional way of plugging the hole in the bottom of the mold
and securing at the top. An added bonus, again, is that it will ensure that the wick is
centered throughout the candle.
In containers, the development of the wick stick is a great way to ensure the wick will
stay centered in the container. The wick stick functions best when your wax formulation
requires topping off. Take a prewick assembly and slide it into the tube, and then
place in your container. The sleek plastic top will hold the tube straight as the
wax sets up. Before the wax completely hardens, slide the wick stick out and fill in the
Another relatively new product to improve the container candle are glue
are preformed tacky glue dots about the size of a nickel that help hold the prewick assembly
in the container during the manufacturing and burning process. Ensuring the wick stays
centered in container is critical especially as the candle burns to the bottom. If the
wick base is able to slide around the wick, it can come in contact with the glass creating
spot” on the glass.
Miracle Mold Material
One of the most recent and unique products is the Miracle Mold Material. We launched
this in February, and candle makers and soap makers are finding this an excellent
wax to launch new candles and develop specialty products at a very competitive price. The
Miracle Mold Material is easy-to-use putty that is sold in two parts and sets up just like
silicones and/or polyurethanes. You simply take the two parts, mix together by hand and
form the putty around the object.
The development of blends has dramatically changed the process for candle makers of all
sizes. The blend has simplified the process for many individuals making candles for the
first time. By using a blend, it allows the candle maker to focus on the other aspects of
the process including selecting the proper wick, fragrance combinations and colors. Larger
manufacturers rely on blends to help reduce labor cost in not having to formulate their
own waxes. Some typical examples of the blends are the CBL-125, which is a “low shrink” wax
for containers, and the CBL-141, which is a fully formulated wax for superior pillars.
It is an exciting time these days with newer products also being launched like new Soy
waxes and palms. If you haven’t tried any of these products, the summer time is a
great time to test.
I have never made a candle. Can you please tell me how to get started?
Without question, this is the most frequently asked question I get, and the one I always
have the most difficult time responding to.
As I always like to say, “There is not
a right or wrong way to make a candle if the candle is being made safely and results in
a safe burning candle.”
Inevitably, there is some type of initial research
by the “future candle maker,” which should be undertaken to learn the basics.
I have always offered the following:
Finally nothing beats getting in
and trying the process. Two of my favorite kits: