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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?

Thanks in advance for your advice!
 

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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.
 

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I was wondering about those wick pins.

- Is it hard to get your wick up through the candles?

- Do you not prime the wick before inserting it up through the wick pin hole?

- What type wick do you use?

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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.
 

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Do you buy the pre-assembled votive wicks or make your own?

One site advised me to use "square, braided, cotton wicks." Is that what you have found to work well?

Where do you like to buy your candle making supplies?

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I use the square braided wicks and just thread them into the flex mold. They automatically re-thread as you pull the votive out of the mold.

I do not use any pre-assembled wicks. For my glass containers, I just attach a tab to the wick.

Buy most of my stuff at Betterbee and Mann Lake.
 

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Bee Bliss,

Could you provide me with a link or item number for the particular votive mold you said you liked?

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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.
 

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When using the flex molds, is it necessary to use mold release?

If so, does ordinary silicone spray work satisfactorily?

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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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