Frequently Asked Candle Making Questions
How Do I Get Started in Candle Making?
Our answer to this question is different than most because before we can make recommendations, the questioner needs ...Read More →
Are there any good candle making books?
What is so appealing about making candles is that there really is not a wrong or right way ...Read More →
How do I select the proper wick?
This is an extremely difficult question for any supplier to answer. There are numerous variables that MUST be ...Read More →
What is neck height on wick assemblies?
On each wick base there is a neck that supports the wick and holds it in place. In ...Read More →
How Do I Wick a Polyurethane Mold?
The wicking of the polyurethane molds can be a little "tricky" for the first time. The best way ...Read More →
What Type of Wax Melter Should I Use?
In general there are two ways to melt your wax. The first one is a water jacket system. ...Read More →
What is the best wax to use for containers?
A lot of variables go into selecting the proper wax for containers including but not limited to the ...Read More →
What is granulated wax?
This refers to a process that produces wax that has the appearance of soap powder. This product is ...Read More →
Do I need instructions on my candles?
My answer is always a resounding “Yes!” I would even go as far to say that an instruction ...Read More →
Is there an easier way to make votives?
One of the recent developments for making votives is the votive pin. This simple devise allows a votive ...Read More →
How Can I Increase Votive Burn Time?
The burn time of any candle is a combination of the wax formula and the wick size used. ...Read More →
What is the ideal pouring temperature for my candles?
The pouring temperature is going to vary greatly depending on what type of candle is being made, the ...Read More →
What are Essential Oils?
Now that essential oils are available, many people ask me what are they, and why would somebody need ...Read More →
How Do I Know Which Gel To Use?
Penreco offers three different grades of gel in their Versagel line: Low Density (CG-1), Medium Density (CG-2) and ...Read More →
What causes clouding when I pour gels?
The clouding of the gel can come from several different sources. It could be from the wax coating ...Read More →
Are Any Additives Needed to Make a Wax Mottle?
If the proper wax is used no other additives should be used to make a candle mottle and ...Read More →
How do I get mottling without the candles sweating?
Getting a candle to mottle consistently without getting the scent to "bleed out" is a balance between using ...Read More →
How do I reduce air bubbles?
There are many cause of air bubbles in the candle. Some simple solutions would be to heat the ...Read More →
How Much Fragrance Should I Use?
The candle market is an ever changing market in terms of fragranced candles. Not more then 5 years ...Read More →
How Much Fragrance Can Be Added to Gel Candles?
When using the CG-1 (Low Density) 0-3% fragrance can be used. When using the CG-2 (Medium Density) 0-4% ...Read More →
What Causes My Candles to Fade?
Candles that are subjected to sunlight or other lighting may fade in time. Darker colors and brilliant colors ...Read More →
When I pour my soy wax I get a crusting on top of my candle or it looks like my color bleeds why is this happening?
Soy has many positive attributes but one thing that it is not quite as effective at is holding ...Read More →