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  1. #1
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    Default Question about Tealight Issues

    Evening from Down Under,

    I purchased a tealight mold from BetterBee (15 cavity) and when I pour, occasionally the tea lights have a hole / crack.

    If anyone has seen this happen, be happy for your advice about how to stop it. Odd as not every single tealight has this hole / crack, it's also not the ones that are poured
    first or those at the end, it seems to be the ones in the middle. (pictures attached)

    Pouring temperature: 158 f

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    Thanks,

    Bright Eyes

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    Default Re: Question about Tealight Issues

    Pour at a lower temperature. Try just over 150 degrees F. Beeswax shrinks as it cools. The hotter the wax is at the time it is poured, the more it will shrink. Also, the top of the candle is solidifying before the middle. Sometimes there is a hole and sometimes the wax top looks solid, but the candle is somewhat hollow inside. With bigger candles it is often necessary to do a second pour (or topping off) to avoid a valley.

    Slow the cooling down once poured. Keep the top liquid longer.

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    Default Re: Question about Tealight Issues

    Thanks for the feedback Bee Bliss. At around 150 the wax is already solidifying (skin forming) so would be difficult to start at that temperature.

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    Default Re: Question about Tealight Issues

    Beeswax melts at about 145 - 147 F. You are pouring at 158 F.

    The main thing is your beeswax once poured into the tea molds is cooling too fast and skimming over and some holes with sunken areas are formed as the wax shrinks. The amount of beeswax shrinkage is directly related to temperature.

    If your poured candles would cool slower, then the wax would still be liquid at the top and you could top it off prior to the skimming over (and hole developing). Topping off might not be necessary if the wax is a lower temperature due to the volume of the mold being so low.

    On any mold that I pour I find that if I can keep the top liquid it is easy to top up the candle mold by pouring a little more in to the original level of the first pour. That original level is easy to see due to the beeswax coating on the sides of the mold (or glass candle jar). Pouring past the original level will result in wax flowing between the mold sides and the candle and is not attractive.

    What is the room temperature? That makes a difference also.

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    Default Re: Question about Tealight Issues

    Thanks Bee Bliss!

    Understand what you're saying, will try to bring down the wax temperature a little further.

    Room temperature has varied when I pour, some days I had the air conditioning on, perhaps affecting the candles as you say. But to your point, temperature has been 73f when air con on.

    Will do some more with no air con and report back.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Question about Tealight Issues

    I would never pour candles with the a/c on. In fact, I turn off my fan when pouring and have the room temp around 76-78f so the candles have time to cool slowly. It does get pretty hot sometimes but I think you will have much better results with a little discomfort.

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