Candle moldsThere are three main types of candles:
This last type is our point of interest in this article: there's an almost infinite variety of molds and many ways to use them.
The result: thousands of different types and shapes of candles to make. That's what makes candlemaking such a great hobbie and also what makes candles so attractive nowadays!
Molds you buy in craft shops or order from the Internet are mainly made of:
each of these materials coming with their own advantages and disadvantages.
You can also buy candle molds made of glass but they're relatively expensive and their very material can strongly limit their life expectancy if you're not careful. Go for a metal or polycarbonate model instead.
If molds are an essential element to the candlemaker, they're also, unfortunately, quite expensive to purchase, especially if you want to allow yourself a little variety.
However, with a little imagination and basic skills, you can find in your vicinity - primarily in the kitchen, the fridge and the garden - many items can be turned into candle molds, beit for one single or for multiple usages.
To get a few ideas, see the article titled homemade molds.