Using various types of molds is the most common method of making candles. There are many styles and types to choose from. Some are easier to use than others though. So, while there are many different ways to create beautiful beeswax candles, choosing the best beeswax candle molds for your project makes the whole process easier.
Beeswax Candle Molds for Crafters
Candle making was an important part of every day life long before electricity came along. A candle was small and portable – giving the bearer a chance to light the way as they moved around. They also provide a “homey” atmosphere in the living space.
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Different types of oils and waxes were used to make candles and that continues today. Beeswax was a premium product that beekeepers would sell or trade for other items.
These pure wax candles become the (Sunday candles) – the ones you used when company was coming over. Due to the limited availability of beeswax – they were special. Of course, the traditional dipped candles were some of the earliest ones.
Hand Dipped Beeswax Candles
The art of making hand dipped beeswax candles was popular in colonial times and before. This is the process of dipping a wick repeatedly into a large pot of melted wax.
Over time, the amount of beeswax on the wick grows. This is continued until the candle is the diameter that you desire.
As much as I love this traditional art, it is just that – an art. While not a difficult craft, it does have a learning curve and takes practice.
If you choose to try dipped candles instead of using beeswax candle molds (and I encourage you to try) expect them to be a little bumpy. They will not look like they came out of a machine – all smooth and perfect. And, maybe that’s a good thing?
For the novice candle maker, or those of you without a lot of wax, using beeswax candle molds is a surer way to success.
Metal Candle Molds
Creating molded candles gives the crafter more options for shapes etc. Early molds were made of tin and you will still find some in use today.
These are available in the more traditional shapes and are now usually made from aluminum. It is common to see them in taper shapes or pillars.
They are durable and with a bit of care they last for a very long time. You can expect to use them for years and make many candles with them. But, they do have their challenges.
The main problem with metal molds is getting the finished candle out. And if you do not have a strong grip, this task will be even more difficult.
This is why when using tin candle molds, you must have a mold release spray. Give a light coating of mold release spray inside before pouring in the hot wax.
This should aid in removing the finished product. But, the spray has to be repeated before every candle pour.
If the candle is still difficult to remove from your metal candle mold, placing it in the freezer for 15 minutes may aid in removal. A traditional candle making method that can yield beautiful results but removal can be a stick problem (LOL).
Plastic Candle Molds
Plastic molds can be used for making candles too. You do want to make sure that the mold selected is approved for candle making with beeswax.
Some soap or candy molds might be suitable-but ensure that the mold can stand up to the heat of melted wax. Beeswax melts at about 147°F- don’t melt your mold!
These molds are readily available in a variety of shapes and dimensions. They are less expensive that other types of molds. However, they are less sturdy too.
You should use a mold release spray and handle them with care when removing your finished candles. If you do not use release spray, your candle may not come out! Also, plastic molds will crack if handled in a rough manner.
Popular Hard Plastic Molds for Beeswax
Silicone Molds for Candles
Now we come to the latest, and my favorite, silicone (or Flex) molds for beeswax candles. These flexible “rubber-like” molds come in every imaginable style.
They are more expensive that some of the other candle molds. However, they make up for the cost by their ease of use. I still use a mold release spray with them but you may not need to.
Silicone molds last for hundreds of candle pours, even more if you are gentle with them. Using this type of mold is the easiest way to ensure success.
This bee silicone mold is very popular with beekeepers – I’ve made a ton of them. The use of a silicone mold is especially helpful if you want to create candles with a lot of detail.
The soft texture of the mold material makes it much easier to remove an ornate candle. Many times it is not necessary to use mold release spray – though it does help.
There are several companies that make silicone molds. One of the best is Mann-Lake. Their molds hold up for years of use.
There are many cheaper options available for purchase online. Some of them work well – I would read the reviews of the sellers before buying.
DIY Beeswax Candle Molds
Almost anything can be used as a beeswax candle mold. As long as the material can stand up to the heat of melted wax (around 160° F – giving room for error), feel free to experiment.
You can even create little beeswax tealights using seashells! These are great for parties, place settings or even wedding favors.
However, keep in mind – it is not only a factor or pouring the melted wax in the mold – you have to get the cooled candle out without damaging. Play safe – have fun.
Materials Needed for Making Candles With Molds
- clean beeswax
- beeswax candle mold
- mold release spray
Once you have chosen your beeswax candle molds, don’t forget to order a can of mold release spray. It will make the whole process easier.
Now, you need some candle wicking. Following the mold manufacturers guidelines regarding the best size wick for your beeswax candles.
You may decide to accessorize your candles with dried flowers or add fragrance. Even coloring is available if you wish.
Always take care when working with hot wax to avoid burns or fire. Using your favorite candle molds – the sky is the limit for your candle creations. And, wax gifts are so well received.
Check out these other tips on making beeswax candles for even more tips on choosing and using the best candle molds.