Whether you are just starting your candle making process or looking to scale your business, the question of how to melt your wax is probably on your mind. In this article, we will explain how to correctly melt your wax at different stages of your journey.
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When you’re starting off
If you would like to give candle making a try, we recommend starting with plant waxes.
The chemical structure of plant wax allows it to be heated in a microwave, which means you don’t have to buy any specialised equipment when you’re just starting off.
How should you heat the wax in the microwave?
Transfer your wax into a microwavable container. To avoid over-heating, remove the wax from the microwave when a small quantity of solid wax is still present. Stir the wax until it has completely melted, then add your fragrance oil.
Some candle makers use a water bath to heat the wax. We, at Candle Shack, do not use this method because:
1) It can be hazardous. You are handling a pan of boiling water, bubbling away with another pan balanced on top of it or inside it – this creates a high risk of burning or scalding.
2) It can also ruin your product – with all that water boiling and splashing around, you could easily get water mixed with your candle wax. Water and wax make a bad combination.
3) Also, think about the planet – water is a precious resource. Why would you want to boil all that water and then throw it away every time?
If you are enjoying candle making and feeling more ambitious, perhaps you would like to experiment with other wax types. For this, we would recommend getting a double boiler (or bain-marie).
A double boiler will allow you to melt both plant and paraffin waxes in a safe way. The bottom line is that you should always use the right tools for the job - a proper double-boiler uses a minimal amount of water in the jacket, keeps the water contained so there is a low risk of scalding, and the water can be re-used many times.
A typical working weight of a double boiler is around 800g, which will allow you to roughly make 3x 30cl candles at a time.
Small production scale
For small businesses selling candles we would recommend an iMelt 30. The iMelt is a must-have addition for someone looking to grow or already running a business.
It helps you to be efficient with your candle manufacturing operations. An iMelt will ensure that the temperature of your wax remains consistent for prolonged periods of time.
You can make up a large batch of wax and fragrance oil, which ensures that every candle will contain exactly the same mixture and reduce the likelihood of variation within your batch. The iMelt 30 can comfortably hold up to 25kg of wax.