A Primer on Candle Making Molds

Behind every good candle there is an even better mold. To create a candle, you will need to pour hot wax into a mold so the wax can cool and take its final form.

The most materials that are used to make molds are:

1. Aluminum

2. Polyurethane

3. Silicone

4. Latex

5. Plastic

Aluminum

You will find that candle molds come in a multitude of different sizes, shapes and styles. Aluminum molds are popular because of their durability. Since aluminum molds have a smooth finish, they give you a candle that looks professional and does not have any seams. Metal molds like aluminum are usually used to create votive and pillar candles. Many candle makers find aluminum to be inexpensive when compared to rubber molds.

Some candle makers love aluminum molds because they are easy to clean. Here is what you can do to clean an aluminum molds. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Take the mold and place it upside down on a baking sheet in your oven. Heat the oven to 150 degrees. The leftover wax will melt, run out of the mold, and land on the cookie sheet.

There are a number of candle makers that do not use aluminum molds because these molds lack flexibility. When you use aluminum molds your choices for shapes and textures are limited. The use of aluminum molds requires the use of a releasing agent to get the candle out of the mold.

Polyurethane, Silicone and Latex

The more flexible molds are made our of rubber like polyurethane, silicone and latex. While polyurethane molds do not stretch, they are flexible. They are also cheaper than silicone molds. One of the down sides of polyurethane molds is that have a strong odor that can be passed along in your candle. As with aluminum molds, polyurethane molds also require a releasing agent in order to get the candle out of the mold. These molds are usually used to create taper and pillar molds.

Silicone molds are clearly the most expensive type of molds. They are flexible and stretchable and do not leave any parting lines. As a result, a releasing agent is not needed to remove a candle from the mold.

The popularity of latex molds is decreasing. Candle makers are now seeking other options. Homemade molds can be created by talking liquid latex and painting it onto a structure. This process requires a lot of coats of latex, but the options for different types of molds are endless.

Plastic

Plastic candle molds are the cheapest, but they are not always the best. They have a shorter lifespan because they are brittle. Cleaning a plastic mold is simple. Soap and water is all that you need. Make sure the mold is dry. If the mold is wet, you will get bubbles in your candles. Plastic molds are a good option for beginners. As you progress with your candle making, you will want to invest in different types of molds.

Conclusion

Molds are an integral part of the candle making process. If you are looking to purchase a mold, you can do so at your local craft store. If you don’t want to buy a mold there are other alternatives. You can use glass or plastic jars from around your home. You have a large number of options. Choose the option that works best for you and go for it!


Post time: 02-17-2017