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  1. #1
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    Default Holes in the bottom of candles

    Hi,
    I hope someone can help me. Sometimes after my candle has set up a hole has formed in the bottom. I'm perplexed as to why this sometimes happens. I always pop any air bubbles as setting wick in place so why would an air pocket develop?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Holes in the bottom of candles

    As the wax dries it shrinks, most candle books tell you to do a topping off pour awhile after the first pour to get rid of this. Also if you put the candle molds on a cookie sheet into the oven (set on the lowest setting) after you pour then turn off the oven and let them cool slowly this will sometimes help
    Honeydew

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Holes in the bottom of candles

    The higher the wax temperature at the time of pouring, the more the wax shrinks as it cools. As was said, try to slow down the rate of cooling also.

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    Default Re: Holes in the bottom of candles

    What temp do you generally try to pour at?

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Holes in the bottom of candles

    It depends on the size of the mold or container. Pour at higher temps for the bigger (thicker) molds. Wax melts about 147* F. If you pour too cool, you will have "lines" in the candle. Sometimes you just need to experiment and keep track of what works best. Some molds I pour at 155* and some at 165*.
    Edit: Of course, some inbetween those two temps.
    Last edited by Bee Bliss; 07-18-2011 at 09:31 AM.

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