Candle molds come in all shapes and sizes these days, and you can even make your own! Here’s a basic introduction to different kinds of molds you’ll find at your local craft store.
The most popular kind of candle molds are those made of aluminum. They’re inexpensive and produce great results. You’ll end up with a seamless finish on your candles. Since aluminum molds are so popular, you’ll find them in numerous different shapes. You’ll also love how easy aluminum molds are to clean. All you need is a 150-degree oven and a foil-lined cookie sheet. Just place the molds upside-down on the sheet, place them in the oven, and the leftover wax will just fall right out of them!
While aluminum candle molds give you really nice-looking candles, you might find it difficult to get your candles out of them. Just be careful while you pry them out, and make sure you use a good releasing agent.
Rubber molds cost a little more than aluminum molds, but they’re also a little better quality of mold. There are even different types of rubber used to make the molds, including silicone, latex, and polyurethane. Before you buy a polyurethane mold, give it a good sniff. Many polyurethane molds have a strong odor, which can stay on your candle after you remove it from the mold. You’ll also need a releasing agent to remove your candles from this type of mold.
Silicone molds are the top-of-the-line molds, both in price and quality. It’s because they give you seamless candles without needing a releasing agent to get them out of the mold.
You won’t find as many latex molds on the market today because of all the advances made in other kinds of mold. The technology of candles molds has advanced past latex, but there are still a few out there. In fact, candle makers who choose to make their own candle molds find latex to be the easiest material to work with. All you need to do is find a shape you want to have a candle mold in, and paint it numerous times with liquid latex.
If you just want a candle mold to experiment with, try the ones made of plastic. They won’t last you long, but they will be enough for you to get your feet wet. Plastic molds are cheap, easy to use, and perfect for beginners.
Izzie Morgan has been making candles for over 10 years and wants to show others how lucrative this hobby can be. Her goal is to provide simple to follow instruction on expert techniques to beginner candle makers.