Picture this - Your homemade candle is cooled, the wick is trimmed, and the only thing left to do is to release your candle from the mold. When removing the candle from its mold, patience and efficiency are required.
Removing your handcrafted candles from their mold might be difficult and time-consuming. So what's the best way to deal with this vexing candle making issue? The additives you pour into the waxes, and the candle cooling method you use once the candle is set are key to successful mold release.
How To Remove a Candle From a Mold - Step by step
If you’ve been making candles for a little while, you’ve probably stumbled upon silicone, glass, and metal candle molds. Unfortunately, you must have also faced situations in which you could not release your candles from the molds. Here, we will show you how you can successfully extract your candles from different types of molds.
1. How To Remove Candle From Silicone Mold
Silicone molds are fun to use as they come in several different shapes and colors like - hello kitty, 3D bubbles, and even heart-shaped. However, getting your candle out of these molds can sometimes get difficult. But we are here with the solution for you, read on to find out how you can properly remove your candles from silicone molds.
- Candle Mold With A Completed Candle
- Releasing Agent
- Wick Screw
- Wick Bar
- Mold Sealer
Step 1: Before pouring the candle wax, lubricate the interior of the candle mold with a releasing agent.
Step 2: Allow the wax to cool fully before pouring it into your candle. The amount of time it takes for the mold to cool depends on its size.
Step 3: Remove the mold sealant from the candle mold's top. Mold sealer is a putty-like material that you can use to close the hole in the candle mold where the candle's wick protrudes.
Step 4: Remove the wick screw and discard it. The wick screw secures the wick's top so that the proper length of wick remains outside the mold when the candle wax is poured.
Step 5: Remove the candle from the mold. If you let the candle cool fully, it should slip out easily, but if it doesn't, gently pull on the wick bar to assist take the candle out of the mold. The wick bar will be near the bottom of the mold, in the open region where the wax was poured into the mold.
Step 6: If the candle does not come out of the mold, place it in the refrigerator. The candle wax will withdraw from the sides of the mold as it cools in the refrigerator.
Step 7: Remove any extra wick from the candle's bottom.
Step 8: Your candle should now slide out easily.
2. How To Remove Candle From Plastic Mold
If you have ever had a difficult time removing a candle from a plastic mold, you will definitely enjoy this. We are here to give you a few tips on getting your candle perfect every time. Read on to find out how.
- Virgin Coconut Oil
- Spray Bottle
- Paper Towels
Step 1: Pour some virgin coconut oil into the spray bottle.
Step 2: Spray some oil on the insides of the plastic mold.
Step 3: Using a paper towel, spread the entire oil along the mold’s inner surface.
Step 4: Above steps are to be performed before you pour your candle in.
Step 5: After you have poured in your candle and the wax has cooled, place the mold onto its side.
Step 6: Roll the mold along with the table back and forth several times to help loosen the candle and prevent any wax sticking.
Step 7: Your candle will now slide off easily.
3. How To Remove Candle From Metal Mold
Metal molds are usually the easiest molds to work with. However, getting your candle stuck in them is something that many candlemakers face. Following is how you can successfully take out your stuck candle from a metal mold.
- Metal dish with boiling water
- Pull hard on the candle's wick after running hot water over the exterior of a metal mold for a few seconds. The candle should be quite easy to remove after this.
Tip: If your candle still doesn't move, place the mold, wax, and all in a metal dish filled with hot water and melt the candle out.
After a few minutes, take out the soft candle. At a later time, this candle mass can be dried and melted down. At the very least, you'll keep the wax.
Whether you are a pro candle maker or just starting, we are sure you’ve always had your candles stuck to your molds at least once, if not multiple times. Now we have equipped you with the knowledge to remove candles from mold.
So check out VedaOils for candle molds and other candle-making supplies for making your candles and getting your creativity going.