Molded Candles

Can very large molded candles (such as a 12 X 12 pillar) be made with EcoSoya® PB?

That is one huge candle! Yes, it can be done. Pour as you normally would for a pillar candle. You may have to do more than two pours due to the size of your candle. Wicking type is the same. Practice with smaller candles and find a wick that you like the burn, flame size and quality. Then measure the diameter of the burn pool for that wick. Overlap the burn pool diameters a bit to get even burning when you layout the wick pattern. Leave about a half-inch wall on the candle as it burns down.

Do votives made with EcoSoya® PB require two pours?

Generally no. Sometimes the fragrance, dye and technique combination do cause excess shrinkage resulting in the need for two pours. Make the first pour at 155°F by filling the mold to within 1/8 inch from the top. Allow the candle to cool until it has a congealed center with no liquid. If the top of the candle has "skinned" over, poke two holes into the candle near the wick and pour a second time at 145°F to completely fill the votive mold.

How can I prevent pillars from cracking when they are halfway burnt?

Be sure your wick is appropriate for the candle. The wick should leave a thin wall as it burns down without guttering (causing a hole in the wall that allows the wax to spill out). Thick walls tend to crack. If the wick is not the problem, try any or all of the following: * Change your type of fragrance * Add a few percent soybean oil or castor oil * Change your pour temperature either up or down by 10 to 30 degrees * As a last resort, add about 10% to 20% beeswax

How do I complete two pours for my pillars?

Pour the first at 155°F by filling the mold to the top and allowing the candle to cool until it's still warm with a congealed center that has no liquid. If the top of the mold (bottom of the candle) has "skinned" over and left a void inside, poke two holes into the candle near the wick and pour a second time at 145°F. Do not pour past the solidified wax of the first pour; you are "filling" the first pour. Cool at room temperature.

How do I prevent candles from sticking to the molds?

Try any or all of the following: * Candle release spray * A mold made of a different material * Choose a different fragrance and dye * Add a few percent Triple Pressed Palm Stearic Acid * Increase your pour temperature * Decrease your cooling temperature
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