ok, now that I have 100 pounds of wax sitting around, I would like to hear from some of the candle makers on here. This is all great cappings wax, so I do intend on selling the candles.
What is the best way to make candles? Wicking, size of wick with different size candles, plastic vs. metal molds, best selling styles, cheapest supplies ect, ect.
Also, I bought a $3.00 crock pot from goodwill with a tempature adjustment, and intend on drilling a hole near the bottom and attaching a spigot for good wax control/flow. How well will this work?
Some of this depends on how well you can get a hole drilled in the ceramic. Not an easy thing, but not impossible. If you succeed and you can get a spigot that is sealed up so the wax doesn't leak around it, and you don't hit a heating coil, it sounds like it would work nicely.
You may want to look at this item on ebay.
I bought two last year and they are great.
They heat up fast, have a temperature control
and a pouring spout. I tried other ways but always had problem with the spigot clogging up with wax. I think a spout is the way to go! http://www.beesource.com/ubb/smile.gif
I use the "rubber" type molds.
Best sellers for me are the 10" tapers
and the little hive w/bear.
-lay lots of newspaper around your work station!!
-work in the basement, not the kitchen. Your wife will apreciate it...
-don't use plastic to plumb in your spigot
It's better to take your wax off the top. No matter how much I filter it, there always seems to be something in the bottem. We melt it in a pitcher and then pout the wax in the molds. Flex molds are the best. Mann Lake, B&B and BetterBee all have comparably priced supplies. They also have charts for wicking size.
I bought one of those candle crock pot kits and it did work very well, until I let my sister use it. She let it get too hot and the element seperated, now it's junk. I think the crock pot is the way to go, but even with that the old tin can in the pan of water is as good as anything.