Holes around the wick are natural and unavoidable in hand-poured candles . Wax naturally expands when it is heated and shrinks when it cools down , this shrinkage sometimes causes a pit around the wick . The causes of this phenomenon are the temperature of pouring the liquid soy wax inside the container being too high or too low .
The second reason is the rapid cooling of liquid soy wax . The recommended solution is to pour the wax at the right temperature , usually , this temperature is different in different kinds of soy wax , but a suitable criterion is 65 degrees Celsius , because the lower the temperature , the less pitting happens . Warming the containers can also reduce your shrinkage and allow the candle to cool at room temperature and still air .
If this phenomenon occurs , we suggest that you pierce around the wick with a hot rod and refill it when it cools down . You may need to do this several times to smooth the surface of the candle . Do it so that the beauty of the sculptural candles is not reduced .
The wick goes out
One of the main reasons for it to go out is that it is too small , or that it does not reach the flame due to the use of too much wax color . The main solutions include using a larger wick or reducing the amount of color used in the candle .
If the candle is sweaty or has an oily surface , it is usually because you added too much essential oil or you added the essential oil to the wax at a low temperature . Choosing the correct temperature and percentage of essential oil helps the wax to dissolve better in the essential oil .
If you notice that your fragrance is not dissolving properly , or that the essential oil is separating from the wax and reaching the surface of the candle . We recommend adding essential oil between 6 and 10% to the wax and adding it at a temperature of 65 degrees Celsius .
Smoking can be caused by various factors such as the wick being too big , the wick not being shortened , too much essential oil in the wax, or air bubbles in the candle . The appropriate solutions are to use a smaller wick size and keep the wick short to half a centimeter .
The main reason for a low melt pool is the small wick , the solution is to use a larger wick to increase the size of your melt pool . The hardness of the wax can also be another reason , try a wax with a lower melting point or a softer wax , or try using an additive to soften the wax .
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The presence of air bubbles in the candle
Air bubbles can be created in different ways . The reason for this is that the wax cooled too quickly , the wax was too cold or too quickly poured into the mold or container , the presence of lint and dust in the mold is another factor , it did not dry well inside the mold, and there was some water in it . Or the air inside the soy wax has not been released and you have stirred the soy wax too cold .
Possible solutions include allowing the wax to cool more slowly , pouring the wax at a warmer temperature (about 65°C) , pouring the wax into the container at a slower rate , trying to tilt the container when pouring the wax , also after finishing Pouring the wax into the container , tap the container to release the air bubbles .
Solutions to solve the problem of the low smell of scented candles
When the candle is burning , the smell is less than expected . Using soy wax with less oil will help you to have all fragrant candles and less environmental pollution . Well , let’s go to the issue of why scented candles have a slight smell .
Observe the following points :
- As soon as the wax melts , remove it from the heat source so it starts to cool .
- Adding essential oil should be done when the soy wax cools down .
- Use a digital thermometer and add the essential oil at 70°C , some bloggers recommend adding the fragrance at or below the flash point . The evaporation point is the temperature at which the essential oil starts to evaporate .
Troubleshooting solutions :
- Add more essential oil to the candle. Know the minimum and maximum percentage recommended for wax (between 6 and 10 percent of soy wax weight)
- Use a dropper to add essential oil
- Use high-quality essential oils , and try different waxes , soy wax gives off a great fragrance .
- Be sure to stir the mixture slowly for 30 seconds after adding the essential oil .
- Always make sure you have the right size wicks for whatever container you use to get the perfect melt pool .
- Allow your candles to properly cure before burning (at least 48 hours, 1-2 weeks recommended) .
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