Monday, 17 September 2012

10 Steps to Making Molded Beeswax Candle

Unlike rolled beeswax candles, molded beeswax candles involve more complication in making include beeswax melting. However, the final output of this type of candles may worth your effort because molded candles are created according to the shapes of molds that you desire and they usually burn longer than rolled candles.


Materials & tools needed:

· Beeswax
· Wick
· Your selected candle mold
· Double boiler (such as saucepan & pouring pot)
· Candle release spray
· Wick bar
· Wick screw
· Masking tape/Wick putty/Mold sealer
· Wick tab (if candle mold doesn't provide a wick hole)


Instructions:

Step 1 – Assemble all the materials and tools on your working table.

Step 2 – Prepare the mold by first pulling a candle wick from the bottom of the mold if a wick hole is available. You may use wick bar to secure the wick and tighten it with wick screw. Cover the gaps at the bottom if any with wick putty, mold sealer or masking tape to prevent the beeswax from spilling. If there is no wick hole, then you will need to prepare a candle wick attached to a wick tab and place it at the bottom of the candle mold. Also, do not forget to spray the inside of the mold with candle release spray, so that the candle is easier to be removed from the mold later.

Step 3 – Prepare the amount of beeswax that you need (plus a little extra to ensure enough beeswax for second pouring). Put them in a pouring pot.

Step 4 – Fill a saucepan with some water and place the pouring pot in the saucepan.

Step 5 – Melt the beeswax by heating the double boiler on the stove. Make sure the beeswax is liquefied completely without any chunks left.

Step 6 – Pour the beeswax slowly into the mold until its level equals to the top edge of the mold without overspill. Meanwhile, make sure the candle wick is at the center.

Step 7 – Let the candle to almost dry and shrink, then add the remaining beeswax into the empty volume of the mold until full. You may need to reheat the beeswax and repeat filling the mold several times if any empty volume still exists after second pouring.

Step 8 – Allow the candle to cool and harden thoroughly this time. The cooling time may subject to the size of the candle you make.

Step 9 – Carefully release the candle from the mold.

Step 10 – Trim the candle wick to about ¼ inch to ensure the candle will burn well.


Tips:

- Keep children and pets away from the hot melted beeswax to avoid any accident or injury.

- You may coat the candle wick with melted beeswax before use to result easier pulling through the mold and also for better burning.

- Thermometer is often used for checking the beeswax pouring temperature more accurately.


Enjoy your self-made candles at home; also give them to your friends and family to show off your new talent, lol! =D

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