It seems in today's market one segment of the market which can go
over looked is the Free standing or "pillar market". It seems everyone
has different containers, tins and glassware and nothing can compliment
the line then a nice pillar candle. Pillars are a logical progression
because these types of candles are easy to make, smell great, and are
relatively easy to maintain multiple brands using different labels.
Every candle maker is faced with the challenge of creating more revenue
for various reasons whether it is at the crafting level to fuel their
hobby, or a manufacturer that needs to pay next week's payroll.
- Aluminum molds are heat resistant, durable, and leave no ugly seams in the finished candle. Finished candles are professional looking and have an extremely smooth finish.
- Pillar Pins are a great way to increase production while maintaining perfectly straight wicks. Once mastered they are a necessity for making pillars efficiently.
- If you are using rubber plugs to seal the wick hole, place molds on two parallel strips of wood or other material that allows you to keep molds level.
- Adjust pouring temperature to achieve different effects. If candles are not de-molding easily, try raising pour temperature a bit.
- Leave an extra few feet of wick coming from the bottom of the mold. This way fresh wick comes up through the wick hole when you remove the finished candle, thus eliminating the need to push wick through the tiny hole for the next candle.
- You can carefully trim the mold down the sides or where needed with a sharp razor blade.
- Rub a very small amount of petrolatum on the seam to help smooth seams. While you are rubbing the petrolatum on the seam, use the opportunity to verify you have the mold correctly lined up.
- Use picture wire or a D-string from a mandolin to help you wick the mold the same way you would thread a needle.
- Be sure to use the correct wax designed for free standing candles. If you use the wrong wax or incorrect temperature, it can be tricky getting the mold cleaned out.
- Do not pour wax into the mold if it is over 200 degrees or damage to the mold may occur.
In addition to the above types of molds we recently wrote about how easy
custom size molds can be created. Making custom molds can increase
your presence even more because those types of shapes/sizes will
probably not be made by the larger candle producers.
One of the key points to stress is that you must continually update and reinvent your own line.