The candle making molds are the very centerpiece of your candle making operation. These wildly varied devices contain the melted wax, which takes on the shape of the inside of the candle making mold. The mold holds it perfectly in place while the melted wax cools and congeals. Once hardened, you pop out the candle and you have exactly the shape, size, and look and feel that you wanted.
Step # 3. As you are waiting for the wax to melt you are going to want to prepare the wick and the mold. Make sure that the mold is free of dust and hair. Now string the wick through the wick tab if this is not already done for you. When this is done then simply put the wick tab at the bottom of the mold. Many people use glue to hold the wick tab in place, this is a great idea as otherwise the wick tab may fall out of place as you pour the gel wax in.
Also bear in mind that not all of candles have circumferences – because not all scented candle is circular. There are various kinds of candles like tealight, taper, votive and pillar.
Don’t ever think that since gel candles are different from wax candles, it’s difficult to get supplies. You are definitely wrong! Gel Ecoponics supplies are readily available in department stores or hobby craft stores or you can buy them from online candle making supplies websites.
Prepare your molds! I know; big surprise. Rub a little vegetable oil on the inside of one of the bowls and on the outside of another. Melt some white wax to the proper temperature and pour it into the first bowl, then insert the second bowl until there is only a 1 inch gap between them, and let cool. After it has cooled, remove the inner bowl; this will leave you with a white shell.
Beeswax is made from bees and gives off no smoke which is good and it also has a pleasant sweet smell. It is sticky and it shouldn’t be used for making candles in molds. Beeswax is expensive.
Paraffin wax is probably the most widely used. It is easy to work with, has a low melting point and is readily available. It is produced by the refining of petroleum believe it or not. Some candle makers put it down because it is a “synthetic wax.” But for many reasons including the fact that paraffin wax is biodegradable this is questionable.
Soy wax is considered as the most popular candle making. There are a couple of reasons why soy wax is all the rage. First, because it is plant based, it’s renewable. It lacks a natural scent unlike beeswax. This makes it perfect as a base for fragrance candles. On that same note, essential oils mix particularly well with soy, and should be considered for any type of aromatherapy candles. The wax gives off fragrance better than any of the other wax types. Lastly, soy wax is very popular because of its very high smoke point, which makes it possible for the candle to burn without giving off soot nearly as much as the other wax types. The biggest drawback to this candle making wax is that it tends to be more expensive and more difficult to find.