Moulded candles are made in moulds, enabling the making of candles of different shapes.

The principle is very simple, the liquid wax is poured into the mould and then removed once it has hardened.

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The waxes

You need to use the right waxes to make moulded candles successfully.

Mineral waxes (paraffin wax)

Pure paraffin wax or mixed with stearin (candle mix) produces an optimal result.
The paraffin makes the wax transparent whereas candle mix will make your candle opaque.

The advantages: Paraffin wax and candle mix are compatible with dyes and the addition of a small amount of fragrance.
The drawbacks: The burn time is shorter compared to vegetable waxes. Although our paraffin wax is good quality, it is still a petroleum by-product.

Vegetable waxes (soya wax, rapeseed wax and palm wax)

Vegetable waxes for moulded candles make it possible to produce beautiful pieces. These waxes are usually ivory in colour.

  • Moulded soya wax makes it possible to produce beautiful designs, but it is liable to break on smaller items.
  • Moulded rapeseed wax is a little softer than moulded soya wax. It makes it possible to produce small items (church candles) and does not break as it's removed from the mould.
  • Moulded palm wax makes it possible to produce moulded and scented candles and pebbles. There are special-effects palm waxes that result in stunning candles. It offers great result combined with dyes.

The advantages: The burn time for vegetable waxes is much longer than for paraffin wax.In addition, the drying time is much shorter compared to paraffin wax.
The drawbacks: Soya wax and rapeseed wax don't perform very well if too much dye is added. If you want to make coloured candles, we advise you to use palm wax instead.

Waxes of animal origin (beeswax)

Beeswax is suitable for making moulded candles. Beeswax makes it possible to create beautiful details on your candles.

The advantages:  It's a wax of animal origin and easy to work with It's essential to use silicone or latex moulds with this type of wax. You can also use dyes.
The drawbacks: Bees are becoming rare and beeswax is also of 100% animal origin! This makes the price per kilo higher. You can't use it with every type of mould. Only silicone or latex moulds are suitable, otherwise there will be problems when removing the candles from the mould.


The moulds

The type of mould is crucial when making moulded candles.

  • Polycarbonate moulds: They withstand heat (120°). They are transparent, making them ideal for use with dyes.
  • Plastic moulds: They have low resistance to heat because they start to melt from 60°C.
  • Aluminium moulds: They are very resistant and make it possible to produce effects on waxes at high temperatures.
  • Latex moulds: They make it possible to make candles with unusual shapes. However, it is not advisable to use them with stearin.
  • Silicone moulds: These are top-of-the-range moulds that can be used to make stunning candles. It is advisable to use beeswax or rapeseed wax to get much more detail on your candles.

Find out how to make a beeswax candle in a silicone mould.


The dyes

Dye your candles as you please. Only paraffin wax and candle mix are really suitable for bulk dyeing.
You can dye vegetable wax or wax of animal origin but too much dye will adversely affect the way the candle burns.
If you're using vegetable wax, colour your candle by dipping using pigments.



The fragrances

You can add fragrance to a moulded candle, but it is only the cool surface of the candle that will diffuse the fragrance into the room.
Unfortunately, the amount of fragrance produced will decline quite rapidly. Even when you light your candle, the amount of fragrance released will be minimal compared to a scented candle in a container.


The wicks

The choice of wick is very important in candle making: if it is too big, the flame will be too high and will produce smoke... On the other hand, if the wick is too small, your candle will not burn properly. The flame will be too small and won't be powerful enough to keep your candle alight and it will go out.

We advise you to use flat wicks with paraffin and vegetable waxes. Only beeswax requires a round wick.

To avoid any mistakes, you'll see which wick is compatible on the page for each mould. The wick can be one size larger when dye, fragrance or a wax mix is used.


Recycling candles

Don't throw your old candles away! We have a kit so you can recycle the leftover wax and make a new candle.

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In conclusion

Moulded candlesIf you want to make a moulded candle, you need to choose your mould and wick with care, depending on the type of wax you want to use.


We advise you to use our candle-making kits to get started. Making moulded candles is not only really easy, it's fun too.
Now you can make your own candle with the components of your choice. Get started!

 

We are available to help: contact us and we will advise you in your choices and the candle making process.

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