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SuzanLivingstone
« on: June 08, 2013 05:42:00 PM »

HI All

I made votive candles for the first time today.  It took a good portion of the day to do 16 candles (one 2lb block of wax), is that normal.  I use the double boiler method (one saucepan inside another), probably melting almost half a lb per saucepan at a time.  used a knife to shave the wax, seemed to go faster.  but is it normal to take that long to make that many

for gel candles, I noticed the melting takes longer and you almost need 3 hands, one on the saucepan, one to stir and one for adding items or something.  it has a tendency to thicken and solidify extremely quickly, almost too quickly, not sure if anyone else has seen this.

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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2013 06:06:25 PM »

Hi Suzan!  I've made beeswax candles from our hives before and it is pretty labor intensive.  The slicing of the wax takes time, as well as the slow melting of the wax in a double boiler.  Did you use a single mold or multiples?  I think mine makes 4 or 5 at a time.  My issue is usually getting all of the wicks to stand up at the same time while the wax solidifies. 
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2013 07:37:20 PM »

I'm making 4 votives at a time.  could almost do 8, but the saucepan I'm using barely holds enough for 4.  I'm getting better with the wick standing straight.  with the votives, the instructions says to wait at least 5min after pour then put the tabbed wick in.  but am noticing it can take even longer when I have to do a 2nd small pour for a touch up.  usually after the votive starts to cool, it causes a dip around the wick out to the outer edge, so I'm suppose to put a little extra at about 30minutes,  but in order to do that it means keeping a little extra left over and kept slightly warm and I cant start the next batch unless I have a 2nd set up

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ps, this is my first time trying this but they look okay, a few bubbles here and there I noticed especially if I put them in the fridge even for 5 min for a final cool before taking them out. (although then they come right out)
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2013 03:55:03 AM »

Thanks for the tip about waiting to put the wick in!  I use empty food cans to warm my wax inside a water bath.  I also have made regular wax candles then filled the dip around the wick with beeswax. I think it finishes them off nicely.

 
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