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The 10 Most Common Candle Making Problems

Getting disappointing results when you're making candles? This troubleshooting guide answers candlemaking's most frequently-asked-questions, and shows you the solutions to eliminate the mistakes most often found in candles:

Candle Making FAQ

  • Why do my candles have bubbles in them? Solve these errors by pouring your candle waxes at the correct temperatures. Your candlemaking kitchen or workplace won't produce another bubble-ridden candle, (unless you want the bubbles for special effects).

  • How do I make wax softer, so I can mold it by hand? Mix these special wax additives into your paraffin waxes, to make them less brittle. More wax flexibility. More creative opportunities for you.

  • Why are my candles getting stuck in their moulds? You wait for hours for a candle to set, only to have it stick in the annoying! Apply these simple solutions, and your candles will come out easily.

  • Why do my candles burn so fast? No-one wants to spend hours making a candle and waiting for it to set. Only to have it burn down in 1/2 hour, with a forlorn wick sitting there in a pool of melted wax. Mix these additives into your candle wax, and you'll produce fabulously long-burning candles in no time at all.

  • Why are my handdipped tapers skew? And why do some of them have bubbles on the surface? Simple candles...multiple issues, such as skew tapers, or ripples on the candles' surface. Use these tips, and enjoy dramatically improved results when making taper candles by hand.

  • At what temperature does paraffin wax ignite? And how do you put out a wax fire? Learn how, with this to-the-point tutorial.

  • Why are my candles smoking? Smoking candles cause more wreckage than wax spills! Avoid this mistake with an easy wick-size correction. And you won't have to clean candle smoke off walls or ceilings again.

  • Why do my candle wicks drown? Learn why a burning candle "tunnels" down the middle, and puts itself out, in the liquid wax.

  • How can I make my candles cool faster? Apply these two easy tips, and your candles will set in a fraction of the time.

  • My candle wicks are off center. Learn how to find the exact precise middle of your candle molds, for perfectly centered candles.

Learn these simple "tricks of the trade", and solving candle problems soon becomes second nature. You'll be producing flawless candles, in no time at all!

What types of things can I use for candle molds? Get tips on using ordinary household things, as candle molds.