Candle making is a fun hobby, but most people discover that they can make money with their candles once they get started. Visitors will always notice a room filled with lovely candles, and once word gets out that you have hand-made your candles, you may find that you are filling orders for friends as well. Getting started in the candle-making business is much easier than one may think. Most of the tools and equipment are found in the home. However, when your business takes off, make a small investment in the variety of candle-making molds that are available.
Candle molds are an essential component of candle-making supplies, and they come in various shapes and sizes. The quality is not entirely dependent on the wax; a candle mold gives form and is a big part of the design of the candle.
This article will explain the different candle molds, and give the pros and cons of each, so that you may decide which one is best for the candles you wish to create.
Aluminum Candle Molds
Candle-making molds come in a wide variety of shapes, designs, and sizes. So you will find one just right for your kind of work. One variety is the aluminum mold. It has many aspects which make the process easier, such as a quick and painless clean-up. These are excellent molds if you wish to make candles with smooth surfaces. The molds themselves are exceedingly long-lasting.
There is one downside to the aluminum mold. These molds, as previously stated, are highly durable, which means they aren’t very flexible. It may present a challenge when it is time to release the candle from the mold. Once the candle wax has cooled and hardened, a releasing agent may be required. It is not a problem, and the ease of use with aluminum molds is often worth the bit of extra work when the candles are finished.
Plastic Candle Molds
Another candle-making mold that is extremely popular, especially with those who are just starting, is the plastic mold. These, too, are easy to maintain and clean and offer less resistance when you are ready to take the finished candle out of the mold. While these molds are great for hobbyists, they may not be a good investment if you want to start a candle-making business.
These molds will not last for a long time due to their flexibility and the tendency of plastic to become brittle over time and with use. It isn’t a problem for some candlemakers because the ease of use surpasses the cost of replacing the plastic molds when they’re needed.
Glass Candle Molds
Glass molds are beneficial, especially if you are into gel candle making. It cools quickly and easily removes the candle from the mold, unlike the metal mold. You also don’t need to go to a craft store to find them because you can use any glass containers you have around the house, such as glass jars or wine glasses. This type has the disadvantage of being extremely fragile and can crack or explode if exposed to too much heat.
Silicone Candle Molds
Silicone and polyurethane molds are popular as well. For many candle makers, the silicone rubber molds are more appealing as sometimes the polyurethane will pass a strong and unpleasant odor to the surface of the finished candle. Furthermore, the polyurethane mold requires a releasing agent and will not stretch, making it difficult to remove the candle from the mold. Although the silicone candle-making molds are a little more expensive, many people opt to use them as no releasing agent is necessary, making them easier to work.
Rubber Candle Molds
Different types of rubber candle molds are also available. These materials can be polyurethane, silicone, or latex. Silicon molds are also becoming more popular these days, but they are more expensive. Because rubber molds are so versatile, you can make a wide range of designs with them. The candle can be easily removed from the rubber mold, unlike the metal ones. Because of its flexibility, however, use caution when pouring hot wax into it. It may become distorted. This type can also wear out over a shorter time.
These are just a few of the candle-making molds that are available on the market. While each has advantages and disadvantages, you will find one just right for the candles you want to make.
Perhaps try each one out. You will find the perfect fit for your new hobby or your established business.