If you read my post on Pillar Candle Making, you’ll remember that I had some issues with the top of the candle when I finished. I had poured the last layer too fast so there were bubbles and the final pour to fill in the well didn’t go quite right. Here’s how the top looked:
I read somewhere that a candle maker’s best friend is a heat gun. So I got an electric heat gun manufactured by Chicago to see if it could fix the top of my pillar.
I was really surprised by how great it worked and how easy it was to fix the top. It heated immediately and melted the wax on just the top very quickly. I used the lowest setting and did it a couple times because I wanted to get it as smooth as possible and also not melt too much of the top layer. You have to be careful when doing this that you don’t get any spills down the side. I got a tiny one that easily broke off as it wasn’t that hot
Here’s how it looks now:
I’m also very happy to see from the instruction booklet that I can use this heat gun for other projects. Besides home improvement type projects like paint removal, it can be used to disinfect pet areas, defrost icy stairs, steps and door locks. It can be used in your candle making projects to shrink wrap the final candle and to pre-warm molds, containers and glassware.
It’s an all around good buy. It’s lightweight, easy to use and very effective. You can get one from Amazon.com here.