Tis The Season.
For many people the change of seasons is such a beautiful
experience in different areas of the country. Leaves changing
color, mountains becoming snow covered and the ability to
open windows in the evening for sleeping all have their special
However, for candle makers the change of season can create
havoc and the need to change procedures. As many have learned,
the procedures used to make candles are as important as the
raw materials used.
In Real Estate everyone likes to use the cliché location,
location, location (which I have never understood since a
property can only have 1 location) we as candle makers not
to be out done have our own little catchy phrase of temperature,
temperature, temperature. The ability to create the same
finish on the candle year round requires the raw materials
remain consist as well as all procedures. Unlike the “location” reference
Realtors use there are three temperatures, which must be
kept as consistent as possible.
Temperature, number 1 -- pouring
temperature of the wax. During the summer months
candles will cool slower and will have an effect on the
finish of the candle. If your work area is cooler and the
candle starts to set up quicker it may change your desired
finish you wish to achieve. It is not uncommon to increase
your pouring temperatures as the weather continues to cool.
Temperature, number 2 -- room temperature. As
the outside weather cools off it may be necessary to adjust
your work area to compensate for this change. The cooling
process of the candle is important to achieve consistent
results. If you are unable to adjust your room temperature
increase your pouring temperature can be substituted. One
of the things you may experience as the cold weather approaches
is for pillars and votives your candles may slide out of
the mold easier. Another added benefit in some instances
is the candle sets up quicker and you may be able to remove
Temperature, number 3 -- surface
temperature of what your pouring wax into. During
the colder months the mold or container you are pouring
into can start to “chill”, especially if pouring
first thing in the morning. It may be necessary to warm
either the container or mold up more during the colder
The Key to continued success in making consistent looking
candles is to control all three temperatures throughout the
course of the year or be prepared to adjust them based on
the change of season.
So next time your Realtor uses location, location, location
you may want to ask them how can one property have three
locations. But now you will be prepared to respond when they
ask how candle making can have three temperatures.
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. Inevitable
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:
My Home page which is a “walk
through” on the different types of candles
and suggestions on wax, wick and color selection.
A sponsored site that helps with different
aspects of candle making.
All Past Issues of the Enlightener
Purchasing any type of general candle
making book with BK-8 being my first recommendation.
Finally nothing beats getting in and trying the process.
Two of my favorite kits:
Candle Making Kit
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