Awesome Ways To Make a Candle Mold
Did you ever wonder if there was an awesome way to make a candle mold? If you did, you are probably a fan of candles and you are tired of buying generic molds from an outlet store. Many people who don’t mind getting their hands dirty like to experiment with DIY projects, and one of the best ones you can do for your home is making candle molds.
Although candles are gaining more popularity every day, there are not too many useful guides on the process of making candle molds. If you followed previous articles you are already acquainted with recipes for making candles and wax. Now it is time to broaden that knowledge and learn how to make candle molds.
Making a Candle Mold – How to
The basic principles of process making are fairly simple. Make sure to use the wax at the proper temperature, since you will be using plastic materials, and they are not very well known for their heat resistance. Also, make sure to take all necessary precautionary measures before you start, such as getting oven gloves or a similar piece of cloth.
People mainly use objects they already have, which is the case with me. Since DIY projects have a certain magic in utilizing things we already own, we should focus on what is already at our disposal. It is not just efficient for saving money, it is also a way to test your creativity. After you cover the basics, you can decorate your molds in many different ways.
Bottles are great because they are usually affordable. Moreover, you are doing Earth a favor by not throwing it into the trash after you had a drink. They come in various shapes and sizes. You can cut the bottle to get a smaller jar where you can place the candle.
One of the best ways to use Empty Coca-Cola bottles is to make a candle mold in the shape of a glass bottle. It is a creative way to use it, and the design is easily recognizable. If you have a friend that likes to drink this carbonated drink, it can be a great gift.
As with bottles, caps also come in different forms, so you can choose various shapes and sizes. If you want to make a small candle, aim for the water bottle cap. In this way, you can decorate a bathroom or the hall of your house.
I used a baby feeding bottle cap due to its unusual shape and size, and it sparked interest with everyone who appeared on my doorstep. If you start trying this method, there are virtually no limits, and you will start to notice different bottle cap shapes that are usable for this endeavor.
Pringles are not just tasty, but they also come in packs that are excellent for candle molds. Cut the empty Pringle can into two and put a candle wick at the bottom, and then will it with wax. Although this shape doesn’t spark interest as others due to its simplicity, it can be a great starting point, since you won’t risk breaking a glass bottle and it is easy to use the can material.
You don’t have to throw away the toilet paper tube just yet! It can be used in the process of making a simple candle mold. For this experiment, you should get some glue, and I recommend getting a glue gun because you will need hot glue.
Place the flat piece of cardboard at the bottom of the tube (one side only), and glue it firmly. After the glue finishes drying, fill the tube with melted wax. The next step is inserting a wick inside (make sure the size is appropriate).
Another cardboard mold idea is to use a cardboard box for eggs. You can make cute little shapes and due to the shape of egg cardboard, it is possible to make multiple molds at the same time.
Glass is a material that I use most often if I’m making candle molds. Many people buy jars filled with jams or other sweets, so they also come in various shapes. If you like antiquity, it is possible to find phenomenal shops and sell incredible jars that come in unbelievably interesting forms.
The most impressive thing about glass jars is the fact they react well with heat (within a reasonable temperature frame), and you can use them multiple times. If you decide to use the plastic, it is mostly used a couple of times only, and it can be tricky to clean the mold. With the glass, you won’t have those problems.
How to get a candle out of the mold?
After you finish the making process you need to be patient before you get the final product. The rule of thumb is to wait at least six hours before trying to get the candle out. I prefer waiting as long as 12 hours, especially if I’m working with a tricky mold and I don’t want to spoil the gains.
Many people make the mistake of trying to get the candle out of the mold before it is done with cooling down. It can result in breaking the candle or not getting the shape you want because the wax residue will stick to the walls of the mold. On the other hand, others put the hot mold in the fridge instantly. It is never wise to put a hot material in such a cold environment. Find a middle ground and let it cool down at room temperature.
Once the waiting is over, turn the mold and tap it gently a few times. You should be able to get a candle this way. If it doesn’t go smoothly, tap it again. However, don’t use too much force. If you are still having trouble getting the candle out, cut or break the mold.
Will hot wax melt plastic and break a glass jar?
Be careful at all times. If you heat the wax too much it can melt the plastic. On the other hand, it can make a glass shatter or crack. Try using a reasonable temperature level that is appropriate to the material you are using. If you have doubts about this, check the recommendation from the wax manufacturer or consult an expert in the field for reference.
How to know if the temperature is right
If you don’t want to get through too much hassle with this, use a proven DIY method. Place your finger inside the wax. If it feels too hot for you, then it is too hot for the plastic or the glass. However, I only recommend doing this if you are having doubts about whether the wax is too hot. If you are sure it is, then don’t touch it with bare hands.
As you saw in the article outlined above, finding an awesome way to make a candle mold is fairly easy. All you need is to search a little. However, the process requires a certain degree of patience and willingness for trial and error methods. If you are interested in making candle molds, or even making money from selling them, try utilizing all the tips I’ve shared with you.
Furthermore, making mold can be a family activity, especially if your kids like playing with cardboard. Just use your imagination and there are no limits to creativity.