Secrets Of The Pros About Candle Making Plastic Mold
Candles Making Plastic mold have been a good friend to man for ages. Up until the invention of the electric light bulb candles were a necessity for normal life. Candles and the light they provided was a critical item to any center of human activity including households, work places, offices, places of entertainment, etc.
When usable electricity arrived on the scene it was thought that candles would go the way of buggy whips and quickly fade away but GUESS WHAT! they not only survived to this day they remain a very popular item in homes and many other places.
Today there is a substantial commercial candle production industry that provides the market with millions of candles of every size, shape, color, odor and size. Along with this there are also many hobbiests that enjoy making their own candles.
A key component in the candle maker's toolkit are the candle making molds. Today candles come in all sorts of sizes and shapes and the molds are what make it happen. There are three basic types of molds available to the candle maker including aluminum, rubber and plastic. Here is a look each type:
Aluminum molds are the first choice of most chandlers for several reasons. The first is that they produce a very good looking candle because they are a durable one piece design. The finished product is smooth with no seam lines. They are also easy to work with because of their durability and heat resistance. Another factor is that they are easy to clean. All that is required to clean them is to place them upside down on a cookie sheet and put them in an oven heated to 150 degrees and the excess wax will fall off onto the cookie sheet leaving a clean mold ready for the next candle. They are cheaper than Rapid prototype mold or rubber molds because the per candle cost is very low due to the fact they will produce many more candles over the long run which reduces the mold expense factor of each candle to a very low figure.
Rubber molds include such types as latex, polyurethane, or silicone. These molds are flexible and are generally used to make candles with unusual shapes although they are perfectly suited for motive or pillar candles. Rubber molds of almost any shape or form are available but if a particular desired shape is not found one can be easily made with liquid latex. Just find an object with the desired shape and paint on several coats of the liquid latex and shortly you will have a rubber mold as desired.
Silicone molds are the most expensive of the plastic variety but well worth the price. They are easy to work with because they are flexible enough to obviate the need for releasing agents but they are rigid enough to hold their shape and they leave no parting lines.
Polyurethane molds are a little less expensive than silicone molds. They require a release agent due to the fact they are flexible but do not stretch to any appreciable degree that would facilitate demolding. They also have a strong plastic odor that can be absorbed into the candle which is not a desirable occurrence.
Latex molds have lost favor with candle makers as silicone molds began to become more popular but the material still is good for making custom molds.
Plastic molds are the least expensive and best suited for new chandlers. They are the least durable of the rubber class of molds and are not known for making better quality candles or longevity. They do make candles and are a good starter mold.
With this information in mind the intrepid candle maker can go forward with confidence in the knowledge of the best types of candle molds for their purpose.