Bubbles appearing in hand dipped beeswax taper candles
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  1. #1
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    Mar 2017
    Woodstock, NY, USA

    Default Bubbles appearing in hand dipped beeswax taper candles

    I've been hand dipping beeswax taper candles and found that sometimes, about half of the tapers will develop what looks like an air bubble under the surface of the candle. The 'bubbles' are flat and only detected by the color difference. The tapers have a very rich, honey-gold color and the bubbles are more white, ranging in size from 1/4" to about 3". Sometimes it will take weeks to appear, or may appear overnight.

    I'm dipping at a temperature range of 160F-175F with air temp about 168F, using a blend of local (filtered) raw beeswax and commercially available yellow beeswax sold in slabs. I've varied the speed of the dipping along with amount of time between each dip to avoid ripples and dripping, and have managed to obtain a smooth, nicely shaped taper candle. The candles are cut from the dipping tool, then flattened and shaped on a griddle with a taper shaping tool forming the bottom 3/4" of the candle. The bubbles seem to appear later.

    I'm looking for suggestions to avoid this bubbling effect. Thank you

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Pepperell, MA.

    Default Re: Bubbles appearing in hand dipped beeswax taper candles

    Welcome and I'll take a stab at this. I've only dipped a few batches but I think I experienced this when I dipped at too cool a temp. I'm guessing that the layer above didn't completely adhere to the layer below and over time the two layers delaminated. My only other guess is a little water or honey stuck in the wax that then burned off leaving a void. Just as thought or 2.
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