Starting out with Candle Molds
If you’ve been making only container or hand dipped candles, you may not have any experience with candle making molds. Your skills as a candle maker will never be complete without learning this aspect of the candle making business.
If you aren’t sure that you will continue to use molds in candle making after your initial attempt, don’t spend a lot of money purchasing them in the beginning. Make a determination as to what size you would like to begin with and only purchase that size. Prices for molds vary depending on the source. Small votive molds can be purchased by the dozen for around $10. Large round molds 10 inches high cost in the neighborhood of about $12 each.
If you are planning to produce large diameter candles, it will be necessary to have more than one wick. For that reason, you may prefer to stick with molds with a 2 inch diameter or less.
Seamless molds yield prettier candles than seamed ones for obvious reasons. They may cost more than other mold types, but it’s worth the expense if you are planning to sell your candles and desire a more polished professional appearance.
Molds for Cheap or Better Yet, Free
If you don’t want to spend any money on candle molds, you can use other things for molds, such as tin cans. As long as the can is smooth on the inside so the candle can easily slide out, these tin molds work fine. Keep in mind if the can has a rim at the top, it will restrict the candle from easy release. Be selective in the tin cans you choose for molds.
There are a great many different kinds of molds you may choose from. Besides round and square molds, there are octagons, stars, and many other shapes. The vast majority of molds for tower candles are constructed of metal alloys; however, there are some plastic molds that are suitable for the job as well.
Tip for Candle Release
Removing candles from molds after they set is sometimes difficult. If you do not coat the inside of the mold prior to pouring with an easy release spray, you will more than likely have problems. Using a silicone spray or wiping the inside with vegetable oil aids in the release of the finished candle. Another reason that candles stick is because the wax is too hot when it is poured into the mold. Always check the temperature of the wax before you pour for this reason.
If you do experience a problem with candle release, one tip many chandlers use is to place the mold in the freezer for a short time. Another alternative is to place the candle in a bucket as soon as it is poured and pour cool water around it. If you try this, weight the candle down so it won’t float, and do not pour the water above the top of the mold.
Candle Making Kits
If you are new to the fantastic world of candle making, you could start out with a kit for making candles, complete with molds. You need to be careful to get the kit with the size and shape of a candle you may want to make. Many inexpensive kits do come with the plastic candle molds, but even these can work out if you just want to try it.
Add Variety To Your Candle Making
Tower or pillar candles look very professional when they are made correctly. If you have only made container candles, you owe it to yourself to try your hand producing a wider candle variety with candle making molds. Start out with just a few additions in the beginning. If you like the candles you produce using this method, you can add more molds to your collection a few at a time.