Candle Making Newsletter
to the En-light-ener, Candlewic's newsletter for the candle making community.
here we are in the middle of September and things are
really gearing up for the fall and holiday candle making
season. As always, we thank you for your continued
interest in our newsletter. Don't miss our new
contest in this issue.
hundreds of years the basic "art" of hand
pouring candles remainded relatively unchanged. In
simple terms making a candle involved melting wax,
coloring, scenting and pouring into molds. Along
the way, gradual changes were made in the process
and in the industry such as pouring into glass containers,
development of new types of molds and even pouring
wax into sand to make candles.
our estimation, more changes have occured in the hand pouring
of candles in past number of years than the previous 100
years. Companies and individuals can now "accessorize" their
operation to make the process of hand pouring much easier.
of the early developements, which may not have been considered
revolutionary at the time, have made life easier for the
candle maker. Two examples include the pre-wick assembly
and "blended waxes."
pre-wick assembly has made life much easier for companies
of all sizes when making votives and container candles.
Having the wick waxed, cut and a tab placed on it accelerates
any manufacturing process.
at Candlewic have even made it simpler by letting you customize
your own wick assembly at no additional charge. By using
Wick Builder you can select everything you need in
a pre-wick assembly without paying any extra. We are the
manfucturer of these parts and can offer you the luxury
of the precise wick you desire at the most competitive
you are making votives and want to simplify manufacturing
even further, you may wish to try the votive
pins. The votive pin is dropped into the votive cup
and will automatically center the pre-wick assembly for
each and every candle. This will take the guess work out
of centering the wick in the votive cup. In addition the
votive pin makes it easier to use other non-zinc wicks
in a votive.
those making container candles, one of the newest developments
dots. These uniform dots are great for securing any
pre-wick assembly into the bottom of the container. Each
dot is uniform in shape and will hold the wick centered
in the glass. If you want to ensure your base is centered
at the bottom of the glass and is not going anywhere then
you should consider this method.
such products as the color
buttons can be considered a new development and certainly
are a great convenience to the candle maker. The pre-measured
blocks have simplified making candles in smaller batches.
In the past, concentrated colorant products such as powdered
dyes and liquid where the norm making it very difficult
to measure in smaller batch sizes. The newest of new include
the ability to make true black and white candles using
the color buttons.
fastest growing new "concept/product" has to
be the blended
wax. These new blends have allowed candle companies
to make specific types of candles by merely selecting the
blend that matches their specific needs. Some of the newest
and most popular blends include the J-300,
a popular new soft one-pour wax that can also be used to
make layered candles. The adhesion to the container and
scent throw with this product has received great reviews.
A harder blend which has good adhesion to the container
and great scent throw would be the CBL-129.
For pillars and the votives the CBL-141 continues
to be the most versatile of the blends.
addition to the new developments it is important to complete
your accessory line with the all-important thermometer, wick
bars and pouring pots. As in any job having the right tools can make
your process go smoother and create more attractive looking
Candlewic Company prides itself on searching the world
to ensure the latest technology and products are available
to our customers. Coming soon will be a device that will
assist in centering the wick in any glass container.
any additives needed to make a wax mottle?
the proper wax is used no other additives should be
used to make a candle mottle and in fact most additives
will impede the wax from mottling. Not all waxes will
mottle and if it is "blended waxes" chances
are that it has been designed to hold the fragrance
and not mottle. The best waxes to use for mottled candles
would be the 2530 for
containers and the 3035H for
votives and the 4045H for
candles seem to be fading. What causes this?
Candles that are subjected to sunlight or other
lighting may fade in time. Darker colors and brilliant
colors will occur more rapidly. It is recommend that
you use a UV
absorber to reduce the fading.
Clear Pillar Wax
are most pleased to announce that the
Clear Pillar Wax is now officially available
as an Open
Stock item. For you the candle maker
it will be the first opportunity to work
with this extraordinary product that
has only been limited to several large
candle companies in the past. Working
with the product will be a new and exciting
experience for anyone wishing to try
purchasing the product, a standard set of instructions
will be provided. But like anything else new, working
with it in specific applications will take practice.
product can be formed into many shapes, sizes and
designs. The potential using this product will be
extraordinary. For the creative thinkers, we have
developed a contest to employ
your talents. Check it out below!
if not all molds can be used with this product by
slightly changing the way in which you use the mold.
The aluminum molds can be used by employing either
of the methods below.
method of getting the product to release from aluminum
molds is to get a "shot" of air through
the wick hole. This can be accomplished in any one
of the following means, air compressor, bicycle pump,
raft pump or any safe means that will place a small
but effective jolt of air into the small wick hole
of the mold. This method has worked very well during
our testing period and can be accomplished with many
common household items. One note if using an air
compressor it is important to regulate the air pressure.
second way to use the standard 2-inch and 3-inch
round aluminum molds would be to use a wick pin and
plastic liner as described below. You will need a
pillar pin (either the 2-inch or 3-inch will work)
and a plastic liner, which has been developed specifically
for this application.
method can also be used in conjunction with standard
wicking methods by wicking the mold prior to pouring.
the pillar pin and insert the pin through the bottom
of the mold so the base of the pin is on the outside
of the mold. Then take the plastic liner and place
it inside the mold. Be sure to check that it is even
against the sides. It is important that at least
a ¼-inch hangs outside of the mold.
the clear pillar wax, dye it with liquid dye or our
color wafers, scent and heat to 200° F. When
the product is 200° F, pour into the aluminum
mold, which has been prepared with the pin and plastic
liner. The pouring temperature is critical in that
if you pour too hot, the liner can melt and if pour
too cool, air bubbles can form.
the mold and candle is cool to the touch, which can
be as little as two hours, gently remove the pin
from the mold. Make sure you pull the pin out slowly
and straight. When the pin is out take a pair of
pliers and grab the plastic and gently tug. For best
results, tug gently in two or three places and then
pull the plastic out. The candle should come out
with the plastic. The plastic liner can then be removed
and the candle is ready to be glazed.
the wax is poured at below 200° F you should
be able to get several pours out of each liner.
exciting potential of this product lies in the creativity
and design flexibility that you have. The best molds
may be things that are in front of you everyday.
As stated, small paper cups make great votive molds
by pouring the product into the cup and tearing off
the paper when done. "Sno-Cone" cups make
great molds, milk cartons can be used to make square
candles, and coffee cups (non styrofoam) can be used
as pillar molds. In the future we hope to develop
a picture gallery to display some of the many candles
that can be made with this product. Keep us informed
of all of your great ideas.
All products mentioned here are available for purchase
We are offering a $150.00 Candlewic Gift Certificate to the customer
who creates the best design/application using the new Clear
Pillar Wax. All submissions must be made by Monday October
28, 2002 at 10:00 AM. In order to win this prize, the winner
must allow Candlewic to feature the candle in an upcoming edition
of this Newsletter and provide instructions on how to make
the candle. Contest entries can be made by emailing pictures
of the candle in a Jpeg format to firstname.lastname@example.org.