How to Make Palm Pillar Candles
Start by gathering all the items that you will need. The candle making process will go much more smoothly if everything is readily accessible.
- IGI R2778A Starburst or R2779A Feather Palm Wax
- Fragrance Oil
- Candle Dye
- Wicking * or Pre-tabbed ECO wicks (make sure to wick up a size)
- Pouring Pot
- Candle Mold(s) *
- Mold Cleaner
- UV Stabilizer (Optional)
- Wick Bars (Optional)
- Caution Labels (Optional, but highly recommended)
- Butcher Paper or Newspaper
- Paper Towels
- Mold Putty *
- Small Screw *
- Cookie Sheet or Pan
- Metal Spoon or Stir Stick
- Utility Knife
- Nail Clippers, Wick Trimmer or Scissors
- Cardboard box or Cardboard Pieces
- Sauce Pan
- Metal Trivet or Cookie Cutter
* If you are purchasing one of our Pillar Molds, these items will already be contained with the mold. You will not need to purchase these items separately.
Cover your work area with butcher paper or newspaper. Spills or drips are most times unavoidable, and clean up is much easier if you don’t have to clean wax off of your work surface.
Step 1 - Measure out the wax
The amount of wax required should be weighed out.
Step 2 - Melt the wax
Step 3 - Prepare your mold(s)
Step 4 - Put wick in your mold(s)
Step 5 - Anchor the wick at the bottom of the mold
Step 6 - Anchor the wick at the top of the mold
Step 7 - Seamless molds
Step 8 - Wick Pin
Step 9 - Measure & add fragrance oil
Step 10 - Measure & add dye
Next, add the desired amount of dye. If using dye blocks, the block will melt into the wax more quickly if it is cut into small pieces. After adding the desired amount, stir the mixture until it is blended thoroughly. Skip to step 12 if you are using dye blocks.
Step 11 - Measure & add dye
If using liquid dyes, just add the desired amount of drops. Since you cannot remove dye once it has been added, it should be added sparingly, especially if you are trying to achieve a light color. You can always add a little more if it is not dark enough. After adding the desired amount, stir the mixture until it is blended thoroughly.
Step 12 - Test your color
When you look at the liquid wax, it will usually look much darker than when it has completely cooled. To test the color, you can drip a small amount of wax onto a paper plate or paper towel. (Make sure not to drip the hot wax on your hands). Allow it to harden, and you will be able to see a more accurate representation of the color. You can then add more dye if desired.
Step 13 - Add UV Stabilizer (optional) and mixing
Step 14 - Pour the wax mixture
|Step 15 - Insulating the candle
To help with the optimal crystallization pattern of the palm wax, it is highly recommended to insulate the candles with a towel. You could also use bubble wrap or anything else that can be used to keep the mold warm and allow it to cool as slowly as possible.
|Step 16 - Covering the candle
You will also want to put something over the top of the candle to keep drafts at bay. For example, a piece of cardboard on either side of the wick pin or wick bar or a box covering it entirely works well.
|Step 17 - Make relief holes in the candle
When you can see a "skin" has formed across the wax, use the skewer to poke relief holes. One on each side of the wick will be sufficient. Make sure you poke them deep into the candle, but take care not to hit the side of the mold.
|Step 18 - Ready to do the second pour
When you are ready to do the second pour, reheat the leftover wax to about 200°F. Fill in the holes that you have made in the candle so that the second pour is level with the first pour. If you fill past the level of the first pour, you will likely see a "seam" line on your finished candle.
|Step 19 - Remove candle from the mold
Once the second pour has completely set, you are ready to remove the candle from the mold. You will need to remove the mold putty and screw from the bottom of the mold first. After you have removed the screw and the putty, gently slide the mold off of the candle. If you are having trouble removing it, you can put it in the freezer for about 5 minutes to help the wax release from the mold. If you still have trouble after putting it in the freezer, you can put it in the freezer for an additional 5 minutes. Be sure not to leave it in the freezer too long or your candle could crack, and it could fall apart when removed from the mold. You can use the wick as leverage to help remove the candle, but be careful not to pull too hard on the wick as it may break or come out of the candle. If you used a wickpin, you may remove it and slide your wick into place.
Note: We recommend using the ECO wicks for best results. You will definitely want to wick up a size or two because palm wax requires a larger wick to burn properly.
Trim the wick to 1/4" length using wick trimmers, scissors or nail clippers. Be sure not to trim it too short because it will not burn properly. It is highly recommended to add a caution label. You may also choose to add labels unique to your business, fragrance name labels, or other packaging.
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