The candle molds for candling making are an essential ingredient for your DIY Candle Activity. These avidly varied tools include the melted wax, which takes on the form of the inside of the mold. The mold maintains it perfectly in place while the melted wax cools and thickens. Once hardened, you pop out the candle, and you have exactly the size, shape, feel, and look that you wanted.
Candle molds come in an extensive assortment of sizes and shapes, as well as materials. See, as creative nerds and DIY enthusiasts have begun to make their candles, a new harvest of molds has jumped onto the scene to meet the demand and allow the hobbyist to experiment. One popular kind is the aluminum mold, which is very heat tolerant and durable. These are excellent for creating a creamy finish. They also do not leave “seam” or a line in the completed stock.
Aluminum molds are excellent for beginners, as they offer several benefits and a couple of disadvantages. They are affordable to buy and clean up promptly once used. If you like, casually turn them upside down on a neat cookie sheet and heat them to about 150 degrees. Any stray wax will vanish and fall onto the cookie sheet, which you can just let harden and happily pop off later.
Here are a couple of tips for aluminum molds. If you use a releasing agent, then you can remove the candle from the mold very easily. Since you’ll be limiting damage to the candle, this will help them look entirely professional. Votive and pillar candles are among the popular kind you can create with aluminum molds. The only possible drawback might be that the aluminum is slightly rigid, so there will be limited flexibility manipulating the candle’s texture and shape.
If you want to go for something beyond the regular aluminum mold, there are several options. One choice is polyurethane molds. These are more adorable than their silicone cousins. They are flexible but do not stretch highly well. The polyurethane tends to have a powerful aroma, and this sometimes gets into the candle. So, if you intend to make a scented candle, you do not want the scent to be contaminated.
Silicone molds are another subset of “rubber” molds. These are superior, having no seams, and are very flexible too. However, being silicone, you can also extend them a bit. Being able to stretch them and not just flex them makes for more natural candle removal. You can even get away without utilizing a releasing agent. Of course, you pay for what you get, as silicone molds tend to be the most expensive molds available.
Latex is another option. However, latex molds have diminished in demand with the availability of other molds. These are unique in that you paint the liquid latex on a frame. Using various coats, you generate a latex “negative” of the object you want to copy. By taking this highly individualized approach, you can create all kinds of candles to look like virtually anything you can picture.
The last of the candle molds I want to discuss are those made of plastic. Plastic molds are the most cost-effective. As such, they are a low-cost way for you to inject yourself into the hobby. Keep in mind, however, that they will not last as long. They are the most fragile and can break if handled roughly or simply due to fatigue and age. They do clean up nicely, though, with soapy warm water. Just be sure the mold is 100% dry before you utilize it again.
We wish you the best in your candle making hobby. Do let us know other exciting molds that you’ve come across in the comments below.
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