Candle Molds Abound
Investing in Different Types
It’s been said there are as many different types of candle making molds as there are in the endless variety of candles themselves. Realistically then, with such a popular hobby like candle making and the popularity of people buying the candles for their homes, there would be a lot of different choices of molds available – meeting every person’s taste in décor.
A candle mold is a container that the wax is poured into while it cools. The wax will hold the shape of the mold when it has cooled completely and they are made out of a variety of materials, sizes, shapes and styles. They also serve a variety of different uses. Aluminum molds are a very popular type because they are durable and heat resistant. Plus – they leave a smooth finish without leaving seams in the finished candle. This gives the candles the appearance of being professionally made. They are widely used in making votive and pillar candles -- inexpensive when compared to rubber molds.
A plus about aluminum is that it is easy to clean; certainly a consideration for the business entrepreneur. All you need to do is to put them on a baking sheet in your oven, placing them upside down and heating them to about 150 degrees. The leftover wax will melt and run out of the mold onto the cookie sheet. Just remember to line your cookie sheet so you don’t have to clean that as well. The only downside to aluminum molds is they are not flexible so there are fewer choices when it comes to varying shapes or textures of the candles and they do require a releasing agent to remove the candles.
Rubber molds like polyurethane, silicone or latex are very flexible. Polyurethane molds are flexible but they do not stretch well. They are usually a little bit cheaper than silicone molds. Unfortunately, they have a strong odor that may be passed along in your candle so be aware of that. They also need a releasing agent to get the candle out. Often the piller and taper candles are made from these types of molds. Silicone molds are another type of rubber mold. They are the most expensive molds because of their outstanding qualities. They leave no parting lines, are flexible but also stretchable to a point, so removing the candles is easier and requires no releasing agent. Although latex molds in the past have been used very often, with the advances in other types of rubber they are losing their luster.
Some Candlers make their own molds at home using liquid latex and painting it onto a structure. This process requires a lot of coats of latex but, the options of different types of unique molds are endless; a consideration for the business-minded person selling one-of-a-kind candles.
Plastic candle molds are the cheapest but they are not always the best. They have a shorter lifespan and are more brittle. On the plus side, plastic molds are easy to clean. Some warm water and a little soap does the trick. Make sure the mold is completely dry before reusing or you will get water bubbles in your candles. Still, a good mold for a beginner, but taking candle-making to the next level by turning it into a business you are probably going to have to invest in many different types of molds.
Esther Smith, author
Browse a crafts store in the candle-making aisle and study some of the molds. You may be attracted to more than one style.
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