Latex Mold Usage Instructions
For Candle Making
Most molds will not require use of mold release, but if needed the inside may be rubbed with pure silicone.
Molds should be washed with soapy water, then rinsed before storing. If storing for long periods, it should be dusted with talcum powder.
Store in darkness - prolonged exposure to light breaks down the rubber.
Latex has a memory so do not store molds in a squashed position for extended periods.
|1. Place mold on Cardboard and trace around the rim of the mold.||2. Cut out just inside of the traced line.|
|3. Pierce a wick hole where desired using a large pin or needle. This only needs to be done the first time you use the mold.||4. Bend a thin wire and insert through the hole made in step 4 from inside to outside. Make a sharp bend so the wire fits without tearing the hole.|
|5. Insert a length of wick through the loop in the wire. Pull it through the mold. (much the same way as a needle threader works).||6. Attach the wick to a bar and remove the slack. Insert the mold into the cardboard prepared earlier.|
|7. Suspend the mold in a pot or other container suitably sized to your cardboard. Fill the mold with wax. I find that temperatures around 155 to 160 degrees F. work well.||8. If necessary, make a second pour. Once fully cooled rub one drop of dishwashing liquid onto entire outside surface of the mold. NOTE: This step is vital. Failure to lubricate the outside of the mold before de molding voids the warrantee.|
|9. Peel the lubricated mold off the candle.||10. The candle is then finished normally. Level the base, trim the wick.|
Wicking Tip: When preparing the mold in step 5 leave a long length of wick below the mold (several feet or more). By doing this you speed the process because a new wick does not have to be threaded each time you make a candle. When you remove a candle from the mold, it pulls the wick for the next candle through.
Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and common candle making practices as of the time of this writing. originally published in 2001 and updated in January 2006 and June 2011. The author and the publisher accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the information presented in this article. This article is presented for informational purposes and is used at your own risk.
Author: Bob Sherman
Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.
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