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Gel Candle-making – What if I Want Those Bubbles?

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

In my last post on gel candle-making, I gave you some tips on how to get rid of the bubbles if your goal was to make a clear, bubble-free candle.

Gel Candles — What about those bubbles?

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Gel candle-making involves a unique feature that doesn’t usually occur with any other candle medium. You will pretty much always get some air bubbles in your candles, but there are ways to minimize or maximize them, depending on how you want your finished candle to look.
If your aim is to make your candle as clear as possible (meaning few to no bubbles), the first thing you need to do before pouring your candle is to coat your wicks with gel. I cut my wicks to length, attach the wick tabs, then drop them into my heated gel and leave them there until they stop generating air bubbles. I use the longest pair of tweezers I could find to take each wick out of the gel and place it in the container. Any embeds that you want to use should also be dipped in the hot gel before you place them in your candle.

How to Make a Gel Candle – Further Tips

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

I mentioned some facts about choosing your fragrances in the previous article. The next step in learning how to make a gel candle is to choose the type of wick you will use.

Some vendors of gel candle making supplies offer pre-waxed, tabbed wicks. I personally am not a fan of these as they will slightly cloud your transparent gel wax near the wick. They would also prove more expensive if you plan to make many candles.

Gel Candle Making

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Gel candle making directions, tips, and techniques were featured in the previous incarnation of this blog, so I’d best re-write them here as promised.

You have to be a bit more precise at measuring and controlling temperatures when making gel candles than when using the more solid types of wax like soy and paraffin.  It is also very important to use gel-compatible scents that don’t have too low a flash-point.  Check with the manufacturer and/or distributor to find out which scents are safe to use in your gel candles.   There is also information available on the Natures Garden Wholesale Candle and Soap Supplies website about doing your own polarity testing on the fragrance oils you wish to use.