With candle making becoming more and more the hobby of choice among crafters, different types of candle making molds have become more accessible in the market these days. Choosing which mold is best suited to the hobbyists’ needs requires an understanding of these different types of molds.
Candle making molds must be able to take the high temperature at which the hot wax is poured. Being easy to clean and fast releasing (meaning it will readily let go of your candle) are desirable features too. Here is a little guide to enlighten you on the 5 most common types of molds.
1. Plastic molds are the first type the hobbyist usually encounters. These are cheap, come in a dizzying array of designs and are easy to clean with soap and water. Once thoroughly dried, they are ready for the next use. The candle making novice turns to this type of mold while testing the waters, so to speak. As the hobbyist turns more enthusiastic, the plastic mold loses luster as they tend to become brittle and break. Time to level up to the other types of molds.
2. The next type of molds are those made of aluminum. It can withstand extreme heat and be used again and again. To clean, stand them upside down on absorbent paper lined baking sheets, pop them in a 150 degree oven for a few minutes for the leftover wax to melt and drip. Aluminum molds produce seamless, smooth candles that usually just slide out when hardened. This rigid material is better for making votive or pillar candles though, and so are generally limited in shape and size.
3. Molds made from polyurethane are flexible. One of the cheapest of the rubber candle making molds, they come in many designs. But, while flexible, they do not stretch and you may need to apply a releasing agent in order to get the candle out. They also have a “rubbery” smell which may affect the scent of your candle.
4. The serious crafter might want to use silicone molds. These flexible molds also stretch so that the candle easily slips out. Although the most expensive type of mold, they won’t need a releasing agent and won’t leave seams so that the finished candle will have a more polished look.
5. The last type, the latex mold, allows the hobbyist to make unique candle making molds by simply painting any object with several coats of liquid latex. Once the latex dries, you have your own one-of-a kind mold. Releasing and cleaning of latex molds is as easy as with silicone molds.
Many hobbyists have been pleasantly surprised that their little hobby has transformed into a bustling little business. It might be worth investing in a few of these molds and seeing just where this fascinating craft can take you.
Post time: 03-30-2017