When the wax cools it freezes into the shape of the mold you pour it into. As a candle maker, this leaves our imagination wide open doesn’t it? Now if we burn the candle while it is still in the mold, we have a container candle. However if we remove the mold we have exposed wax and shape to control. Our interest then turns to the wax finish.
What this also means is that the topic of candle making molds is just as important to us as all the other components of the candle, like the color, scent, wick and type of wax we are using.
When I first began making candles the traditional container or pillar candle was my image of candle making. Then learning about casting opened up the idea of making candles in the shape of fruits and vegetables. In time the figures that fit into Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays opened the door to plastic and latex molding.
So what do you need know about molds?
Candles fall into several categories ranging from formal to informal presentations. The setting and purpose of the candle dictates type of mold for the job.
For example I used to cringe when someone suggested that I use a quart milk carton as my mold. The image of a wax shaped milk carton just didn’t appeal to me. Then I was shown how the candle could be prepared after stripping the mold. The follow on steps have options such as carving to change the shape, Latex painting, application of pins, beads and sequence. All this is done after the carton mold is removed. When the candle is completed you would never have guessed it was poured into a milk carton.
The key is to design the candle for the intended use and then let that pick the mold solution for you.
For example, not all candles are made to burn. A Thanksgiving or Christmas candle that is decorated with paint, beads and ribbons may become a permanent part of a decorative setting for the holidays.
As we talked above cartons, empty Pringles or orange juice cans and other containers may be used and stripped. Just remember they probably will not have an acceptable finished look after stripping. This technique works well when you are creating decorative or outdoor uses for the candle.
Sculpture and figurine type candle making molds can either be bought pre-made or you can make them yourself.
For example, let’s say you would like to make an apple candle in September for the fall season. You could search and find apple molds and buy them, or, why not make candle making molds from a real apple?
You can make red ones, green ones and streak yellows through the red to make any variety of apples you want.
First you choose your wax type and then you select the type of mold material. There are two types you should know about. Urethane Rubber works great for wax with melting temperatures between 130 and 200 degrees. If your wax melting temperature is going to be above 200 degree, than use a Silicone Rubber material. When researching be sure to look for information about the “tear strength” of the brand you select. All you do is mix two additive components together, pour it into a plastic container around your apple and when it cures, you cut the mold to remove the apple and there you have a “reusable” candle mold. This method of designing your own candle making molds will keep your imagination running for quite some time.
Ready made molds also have great flexibility for more formal candles and come in many types of materials. When selecting the right one for your project, be sure to compare price with longevity of the mold to get the best value. You will run across molds made of latex, plastic, metal, rubber and glass. Each one has a feature best for job depending on you budget and the type of candle you are creating. The most important thing to remember is that the cleaning and storing of your molds is the biggest factor in making them last a long time. Take good care of them and watch the variety of choices in your collection grow.
Post time: 12-21-2016