I am presently using the metal 6 votive mold, but was wondering if there is a better setup for doing this type of candle. For those of you who make beeswax votives, which mold do you find works the best for you?
I have never used a metal mold, and wouldn't want to.
The flex molds are so nice. I use the Mann Lake mold that makes 4 flat top votives at one time. Wick is held securely at the bottom of each cavity and a bobby pin secures the wick centered at the top.
In my opinion and based on my experience, I feel the wick within the candle is already primed just by the nature of it being inside the candle. It can be a problem to light the thicker candles when the wick showing above the wax candle is not primed. I and a few others did experience that that wick did not want to stay lit and can burn to nothing before the candle gets going.
I solved that by dipping the exposed wick into melted beeswax. Sometimes primed wicks can be difficult to work with so it works better for me to just get a little wax soaked into the wick after the candle is solid.
The wicks I mostly use are 2/0 (pronounced 2 aught) which I use for votives, tapers and container candles . I use 4/0 for making dipped birthday candles. Pillars are a bit more difficult.
I use the PM-320 mold (same catalog page as PM-782 above). They are smaller but sell well. I too would recommend putting a little beeswax on the wick not just to make sure it lights ok, but also after a lot of handling (hauling around to farmers markets and craft shows), the wicks can come unraveled which makes them less appealing.
Not normally. Some flex molds with a lot of detail get a little sticky over time and a lot of pours. For a smooth sided votive mold, I doubt you'll ever have an issue. If you do use a release, I would use the one sold by Mann Lake for those molds to make sure they're chemically compatible. Also, if you pour when the wax is too hot, the candles will stick like glue to the molds. I shoot for 160 to 165F - 170 max.
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