Beeswax Candle Molds

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While there are many different ways to create beautiful beeswax candles, choosing the right beeswax candle molds for your project makes the whole process easier. Each type of candle mold has pros and cons but some are certainly easier to use than others. There are many styles and types to choose from.

Variety of silicone molds prepared for beeswax and some candles and wick.

I often have excess beeswax left over from my hives. What better thing to do with it than making beeswax candles. After a few years at this, I have my favorite methods-but here I share some different ideas with you.

Traditional to Modern : Beeswax Candle Molds

Traditionally, candle making was an important part of every day life. Different types of oils and waxes were used to make candles. But, beeswax was a premium product that beekeepers would sell or trade for other items.

Types of Molds

Using molds to shape beeswax into a particular form is nothing new. However, the materials used to make the molds is more varied than in times past. There are basically three types of beeswax candle molds you can buy.

  • metal (aluminum)
  • plastic
  • silicone – rubber
Beeswax candles in metal molds and pillar candle from a metal mold.

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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. 

Pros

  • traditional method
  • common taper, pillar shapes
  • durable – last for years with care

Cons

The main complaint about metal molds is getting the candle out. If you used mold release spray and it still won’t come out – try placing it in the freezer for 15 minutes-this may aid in removal.

A traditional candle making method that can yield beautiful results but removal can be a sticky problem (LOL).

Metal Tins

Metal tins however, make a perfect mold for beeswax candles because the wax stays in the container.

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!

Inexpensive plastic molds being used to make candles.

Pros

  • wide variety of shapes and dimensions
  • less expensive that other mold types

Cons

  • must check temperature range of mold
  • less sturdy – will crack
  • always need a mold release spray

Hard Plastic Molds

Silicone Molds for Beeswax

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 than 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.

Beeswax candles made with silicone molds.

Pros

  • easy to use
  • sturdy
  • long lasting
  • many cute design choices

Cons

  • expensive

Silicone molds last for hundreds of candle pours, even more if you are gentle with 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.

Trio of beeswax christmas tree candles made from molds image.

There are several companies that make silicone molds. One of my favorites is Mann-Lake. You will find cheaper options available for purchase online. Some of them work well – others tear easily. I would read the reviews of the sellers before buying.

free option for a crafting with beeswax book image.

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.

In fact, you can use empty egg shells to make egg shaped beeswax candles! And that is just the beginning of the wide variety of natural items you can use to shape candles.

You can even create little beeswax tealights using seashells! These are great for parties, place settings or even wedding favors.

Beeswax candles make from seashells image.

Expert Tips

  • always take care when working with hot wax to avoid burns or fire.
  • use cleaned beeswax
  • follow the mold manufacturer’s guidelines regarding the best size wick

You may decide to accessorize your candles with dried flowers or add fragrance. Wax coloring can be added if you wish.

FAQs

Can you use beeswax in candle molds?

Yes, you can use any mold for beeswax as long as the material can withstand the heat of melted beeswax.

How do you melt beeswax into molds?

Safely melt beeswax using a double boiler method until the mixture is liquid.

What temperature should beeswax be when pouring it into a mold?

Never overheat beeswax beyond a temperature of 155-160°F. You will damage and darken the wax.

Final Thoughts

Don’t be intimidated by the process. However, keep in mind – it is not only a factor or pouring the melted wax in a mold – you have to get the cooled candle out without damaging. Play safe – have fun.

Using your favorite candle molds – the sky is the limit for your candle creations. And, handmade beeswax gifts are so well received.

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