How do You Keep Candles from Sticking to the Mold?Getting your handmade candles out of their molds, can be a tricky and time-consuming task. How do you solve this annoying candlemaking problem? Successful mould release depends upon the additives you mix into the waxes, and the candle cooling process you follow once the candle's set.
Use these simple tips and tricks for different waxes and mould types, and solve those sticky mould troubles once and for all.
Unmold your Paraffin Wax Candles Easily:
Tips for Beeswax Mold Release:Moulding with beeswax presents unique problems. The natural stickiness of this wax makes easy candle removal impossible. Add up to 10% beeswax to paraffin wax, and you'll still get the candle out of a 2-sided plastic mould. Any higher percentage, and you'll have to lubricate the moulds, to get good candle separation.
How to Separate a Stuck Candle from its MouldNow I can hear you say, "Yes, but that doesn't help me at all, my candle's ALREADY stuck, what do I do now?"
Run boiling water over the outside of a metal mould for a few seconds, and pull hard on the candle's wick. The candle should slide out fairly easily. Rarely, the candle will be undamaged, (but that's unlikely).
To unstick a candle that won't budge at all, you'll have to put the mould, wax and all, into a metal dish with boiling water, and melt the candle out. Remove the soft candle after a few minutes. This candle mass can be dried off and melted down at a later stage. At least you'll save the wax.
Leave the wax residue in the water to cool down. Lift this wax layer off the water, and dispose of it in the bin. Never throw melted-wax-and-hot-water down the kitchen sink, or drain.
For plastic and acrylic molds, follow the same procedure, but with hot, not boiling water. Pour hot water over the mould, and pull the softened candle from the mould. Some plastic moulds are heat-resistant up to 110°C (230°F), but many start warping above 82°C (179.6°F).
Consult the instructions that came with your moulds, to check up on the correct temperatures.
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