On my last project, the layered pillar candle, I experimented with some other clean up ideas. The idea of putting the tools in a warm oven from my post, Tips From a Candle Making Beginner, worked really well. In the meantime, I’d burnt down one of my first candles, the little one in the votive holder. I put that holder in with the tools and the excess candle wax came out nicely. If you like to recycle like me, then you can save the bits of wax that come out for future projects.
Now, the votive holder wasn’t completely clean so I used mold cleaner solution in it. That got rid of the leftover film on the glass and it’s ready to use again. After the heating, the wick tab popped off easily.
The mold cleaner worked well with the mold, just remember something they don’t tell you – the hole is open in the bottom! So be careful when you swish the cleaner around in it so you don’t spill it all over. It is a chemical so be careful.
And while I’m talking about being careful, always keep safety foremost in your mind. As you get more experience you may start to move faster and forget to be careful. Never leave your melted wax unattended. When you lift it out of the lower pot of boiling water, be careful about drips of water. You don’t want water in your wax, pouring pitcher or on your hand. And if you should get splashed with hot wax, put your hand under cool water, not cold. And basic as it sounds, if you put your tools in the warm oven to clean them, don’t forget they are there! It takes awhile for all the wax to melt out so don’t walk off and leave them. They will be pretty hot when you take them out so use pot holders.
With a little eye to safety and these basic procedures, you can make some extraordinary candles. When you do, leave a comment and tell us about it!