is no secret that the candle market is flooded with container
and jar candles. This is 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. One way to bring in new customers
and increase sales is to offer new and unique candles that
are not offered by you competition. This can easily be achieved
by learning how to make freestanding or pillar candles using
a variety of mold techniques. According to the National
Candle Association, candle users say they most frequently
burn candles in the living room (42%), followed by the kitchen
(18%) and the bedroom (13%). One may assume that aesthetics
are important in the living room and creating beautifully
unique pillars that burn cleanly could be a great way to
increase sales. The following tips and tricks should help
you with increasing your freestanding candle offering.
- 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.
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
- Adjust pouring
temperature to achieve different effects. If candles
are not de-molding easily, try raising pour temperature
- 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.
- A mold rack (part # DSM-100) can be used to hold the
polycarbonate molds at different angles to make unique
stripes on the finished candle.
From Ancient Rome to Internet at Home.
If you are reading this newsletter, you are already familiar
with endless amounts of information that your computer can
provide. Many candle makers ask me for tips and tricks that
enable them to get more use out of their computer investment.
The computer is much more than a desktop appliance to pass
funny emails around or to surf the Internet chatting with
candle makers far and near. The computer is a powerful tool
that can be used to create documents and forms that streamline
your operation. Let me know if there are any documents or
calculators that you would like me to publish and I will
do my best to provide a useful template for you to use for
free. This month I have provided a simple
candle log that you can download for free which will
enable you to take quick and accurate notes on your candle
trials and recipe developments. By filling in a few key pieces
of information, you can help us to help you when you are
presented with a challenge. Please feel free to print out
a few copies and leave them laying around your operation.
Don't miss this
kit and other great itmes in the Super
Sales section on Candlewic.com. There's always something new.
This month’s project is good for container
or pillar candles and you can substitute any wax
chunk or embed in place of the Easter egg. It is
a simple technique that can be used in so many ways
to help you create beautiful candles.
Jars or Molds
Eggs or any wax chunk or embed
Over pour wax or gel
Select, clean, wick,
and prepare your jars or molds as you normally do.
Insert wax Easter eggs, chunks, or embeds into the mold or jar
being careful not to disrupt the wick. You can make your own
chunks with scrap wax by pouring the wax into a pan and slice
into chunks when soft and pliable before totally hardening.
Pour the appropriate type of white or lightly colored wax or gel
around the embeds, eggs, or chunks. If using wax, chunks will
be suitable. If using gel, eggs or other embeds are the way to
go. Remember that gel pillar candles require a special
gel that is specially formulated for making pillars.
Light the candle and watch as the melt pool changes colors as it
melts the various chunks. Take careful note of your pour temperature
vs. the melt point of your chunks or embeds and make any adjustments
Off The Press:
can never have enough books to peruse for new ideas,
new techniques, or to use as an aide for educating
your employees. This month’s book is titled Beeswax
and Wicks written by Jackie Stephens and Linda
Lloyd. It has 29 beeswax sheet candle projects with
full-color photos. Although geared more for the beginner,
the many different types of candles shown in the
book will inspire larger manufacturers with new product
ideas as well.
Pins can be used with a variety of molds
besides the standard M-63
votive cup. You can use them with all
votive cups we offer. If you use them
light cups, you can pop the cooled wax
out of the tea light cup, flip it over, and
have a nice smooth top. You can do the same
votives and square
votives as well. The pin’s circular
part makes a very unique impression that
serves as the candle’s top when you
pull the wax and pin from these other molds.