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Candle molds - Polycarbonate molds

Ah, plastic! Resistant, inexpensive, available in hundreds of different shapes and sizes, polycarbonate (or plastic) molds will help you in many ways!

One-piece molds are the most common and their shapes include cylinders of all sizes and diameters (like the three molds left on the picture), squares, hexagons, decagons and all sorts of -gons, the list is not exhaustive.

Spherical or other unregulat shapes are obtained with two-pieces molds whose pieces fit together (if they weren't made of two pieces, you'd have a hard time removing the finished candle)

The place where the two halves join, called the seam, needs to be covered with a generous amount of mold sealer before you start pouring the wax. If you don't take this precaution, you'll end up with a candle in the shape of a semi-sphere and a table top covered in paraffin.
When you unmold a candle made in a two-pieces mold, you will notice a seam line at the place where the two parts of the mold come together. To remove this line, use a kitchen knife to scrap most of the excess wax (be sure not to carve into the candle) then "polish" the candle with an old panty hose.


Caution!
Do not use release spray in a polycarbonate mold. Use vegetal oil instead.



How to wick a polycarbonate mold?

This polycarbonate mold is ready to welcome paraffin
  1. thread the wick through the hole in the bottom of the mold, up through the length of the mold and out the top. Leave a length of about 5 centimeters of wick at both extremities;
  2. on the "open" side of the mold (the top), use a wick holder to keep the wick in place, centered and tight or just tie it around a pencil;
  3. on the other side, the bottom of the mold, slightly pull on the wick to tighten it and cover wick and wick hole with a generous amount of mold sealer. This should keep the wick tight enough during the pouring procedure;
  4. your mold is now wicked and you're ready to pour your candle.


Polycarbonate molds: precautions and maintenance

  •   just like metal molds, make it an habit to clean your polycarbonate molds and put them away when you're finished using them.


  • Tip
    If, for a same shape and size, you have the choice between a polycarbonate and a metal mold, always go for the metal mold. It may be more expensive but it's also more pleasant to use and, above all, it will last much longer!

    Polycarbonate molds are available in one piece or, to create more intricate shapes like a sphere or an egg, in two pieces that fit together
    Polycarbonate molds are available in one piece or, to create more intricate shapes like a sphere or an egg, in two pieces that fit together
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