Wax Recycling - Chunk Pillar
By Bob Sherman
article was originally written in 1999 and has been rewritten, modernized,
and modified for this web site.
My article on Wax Recycling - Storage should
have helped you manage the often large amounts of scrap wax produced in any
candle shop, but storage alone is not the full solution - you need to use
the scraps as well.
This method lends itself well to small scraps in assorted colors. Often small
scraps are not worth the effort of labeling or finding when you need to make
another batch of the same. Yet if these were all melted together the result
would be a reddish brown wax. By using these scraps in a chunk candle, we
can take advantage of their diverse colors rather than blending them into
an ugly color.
PLEASE NOTE!! - Candle making can be dangerous if proper
safety procedures are not followed. Please read these Safety
Rules before attempting any candle making projects.
This article assumes basic candle making skills. If you are new to candle
making, my Introduction To Candle Making Course
is free and will show you all the basics for working with wax safely.
This technique works well with most wax scraps - the key to success is to
use all the same wax type for both the scraps and the fill wax. For this example
I used scraps of my floating candle formula, but it would work equally well
with my pillar or votive formula. Generally container candle formulas are
too soft for pillar candles, but you could use that wax to make a chunk container
candle using a similar technique.
Important! - It is vital that the fill wax be the same formula
as the chunks. This applies to all chunk candles - not just
recycled ones. Using a harder or softer wax may cause the candle to burn poorly.
The use of different wax formulas may cause the softer wax to melt first causing
the candle to "spout". This would manifest itself as a hole in the
side which pours out the molten wax, and is caused by the softer wax formula
|1.Gather enough chunks to fill the mold.
||2. Insert the wick and seal the wick hole.
|3. The prepared mold ready for use.
||4. Fill the mold with wax scraps.
|5. Pour the fill wax at 190 - 200 degrees F.
||6. After it has cooled for a while, poke some relief holes near the
|7.Allow to harden fully, then do a second pour if needed.
||8. De mold, then trim the bottom wick.
|9. Level the base on a heated pan or electric griddle.
||10. Trim the top wick and you are done.
Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my
knowledge and common candle making practices as of the time of this writing
- February 2006. The author and the publisher accept no liability for the
use or misuse of any of the information presented in this article. This article
is presented for informational purposes and is used at your own risk.
Author: Bob Sherman
Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.
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