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Candles are a timeless and beautiful addition to any home, and they make a great DIY project too! Making your own candles is both fun and creative. It is an excellent way to personalize your living area with custom-made art. In this blog post, we will explain how to make your own candles using a silicone RTV rubber mold.
Step 1: Creating the Mold
Before making your candle, you need to create a mold first. This is done using silicone RTV rubber such as ArtiSil 1025T. Silicone RTV rubber molds are highly flexible and resistant to heat. To create the mold, apply a thin layer of mold release to the surface of the item you want to create the candle from (optional) and then apply the silicone rubber directly over the model. You will need a container of some sort around your original that you can pour the silicone into. For more detailed tips on using silicone for mold making, read HERE.
Allow the silicone mold to cure for at least 24 hours, and then remove the original item, leaving behind a perfectly molded cavity for your candle wax.
Step 2: Organize Supplies
To make candles in a silicone mold, you do not need many supplies. Some basic supplies include:
Essential oils and color dye (optional)
Pot for melting wax
Container for silicone mold
Rubber bands to hold silicone mold together if there is a slit down the side.
Step 3: Set the Wick
Cut your wick to the size needed based on your candle size. Set the wick in the center of the silicone mold. This can be attached using tape and securing the top around a pen, pencil or some sort of stick.
Step 4: Preparing the Wax
Once you have your mold ready and wick set, you can start preparing your wax. To do this, you will require a wax pot or a double broiler, a thermometer, and wax. You can choose from a variety of different waxes, such as beeswax, soy wax, palm wax, and paraffin wax. Each type of wax has different melting points, so make sure to read the instructions carefully. Heat the wax until it melts and reaches the correct melting point.
Step 5: Adding Scent and Dye
Now that you have melted the wax and it is translucent, you can add both scent and dye. Essential oils are excellent for adding fragrance to candles; you can choose from a variety of essential oils depending on your preferences. Be sure to add the fragrance oil after the wax has melted but before it is poured into the mold. You can also add dye to add color to your candle.
Step 6: Pouring the Wax
After you have added the scent and dye, you can begin to pour the wax into the mold. Pour slowly and steadily to avoid air pockets, which can cause bubbles and other imperfections. Do not overfill the mold. Also, be careful to pour around whatever you use to secure the wick. It is best to pour in one spot and let the wax work it’s way all around the mold. Fill the mold slightly below the top.
Step 6: Finishing
Allow the candle wax to cool completely. This could take anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the ambient temperature. Once cooled, it is time to demold. Carefully work the candle out of the mold. Trim the wick to the desired length and your candle should be ready to go.
Making candles can be a fun and rewarding hobby for both beginners as well as professionals. With a good-quality silicone RTV rubber mold, you can create beautiful, high-quality candles with ease. From choosing your favorite scent to your favorite color, creating your own candles is a great way to customize your living area. Follow the five easy steps detailed in this blog post, and you will be enjoying a beautiful candle in no time!