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How to make Votive Candles

How to Make a Votive Candle

Votive candles are mini container candles sold without the container. It is recommended that votive candles be burned in glass holders that fit the candle snug. A votive candle should completely liquefy across the top of the container. A proper melt pool would be between " but no deeper than " of melted wax when measured against the glass.

Votive candles are not meant to be burned free standing.

Bitter Creek offers an excellent beginners kit for Votive Candles! Everything but your digital scale is included!

Heat wax to 180-190*. Once wax reaches desired temp, add your dye, blend well then add fragrance and again blend well.

This wax should be poured between 175-185* into room temp (72* or greater) or heated molds to minimize skip lines.

It is advisable to poke relief holes around the wick of the candle once the wax has become solid but is still pliable.

After the first pour has cooled, reheat your reserved wax from your first pour and refill the void (sink hole) in the candle until you reach the level of the first pour. You will want your second pour to be 10* hotter than your first pour to minimize lines from the second pour. Repeat the re-pour process as necessary.

Give the candles at least a few hours to cool down. I usually wait overnight and remove the next day. If they are hard to get out of the molds, you may want to put them in the freezer for a few minutes. You may also find for the first few times you use a new mold you will need mold release. The spray and powder form both work excellent in this wax.

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