Candle making is an enjoyable hobby that allows you to create beautiful, customized candles using silicone molds, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced candle maker. Read on to learn everything you need to know about making candles with silicone molds at home.

Why Make Candles with Silicone Molds?

Silicone molds offer many advantages for home candle making.

  • The highly flexible material makes removing finished candles easy.
  • It withstands the high temperatures needed for candle wax.
  • Reusable over many candle batches, silicone molds ensure long-lasting use for the avid candle maker.
  • Allows for detailed and unique candle designs.
  • Easy to clean and store

Compared to other mold materials like glass or metal, silicone is extremely beginner-friendly. Keep reading to learn step-by-step how to use these molds for stunning molded candles.

What Type of Wax Works Best with Silicone Molds?

The most common waxes used are paraffin, soy, and beeswax. Each has different properties.

Paraffin

  • Hard, long-lasting wax with a high melting point
  • It goes well with dyes and scents, making silicone rubber an excellent choice for candle making.
  • Not environmentally friendly

Soy

  • Made from renewable soybeans
  • Biodegradable and non-toxic
  • Lower melt point than paraffin
  • It is difficult to add color or scent.

Beeswax

  • 100% natural, from hives
  • A slight honey aroma
  • Eco-friendly but expensive
  • Soft finish requiring container candle

The wax type determines the melt point, flexibility for removing it from the mold, ability to hold scent, and environmental impact. Consider your design and preferences.

What You’ll Need to Make Candles with Silicone

Candle-making doesn’t require much specialized equipment. Here is the basic supply list:

  • Silicone mold
  • Wax (paraffin, soy, or beeswax)
  • Wick (preferably tabbed for easy mold attachment)
  • Dye and fragrance oil (optional)
  • Double boiler or melting pot
  • Spoon and spatula
  • Heat thermometer
  • Wick rod or glue dots

With these basic supplies, you’re ready to learn how to prepare the materials and fill silicone molds!

Using Vegetable Oils for Easy Release

When working with silicone molds, you may encounter sticking or resistance when removing finished candles, especially with detail-heavy designs. To aid in clean release, consider using common vegetable oils.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil remains solid at room temperature with a slick and smooth consistency. Its high saturated fat content allows candles to slide out easily without damaging intricate candle details. The coconut aroma also imparts a subtle tropical fragrance.

Olive Oil

While sticky in liquid form, inexpensive olive oil solidifies when chilled in the refrigerator or freezer, making it a unique option for candle makers aiming for a specific texture. Simply brush a thin layer over all mold surfaces and place in the freezer briefly before pouring wax. The wax will release after cooling with no oily residue.

Canola Oil

Another budget-friendly option is canola oil, which has properties similar to olive oil. Its semi-solid state makes it spreadable for full mold coverage, ensuring everything from the top of the mold to the bottom is well coated. Chill briefly to harden before adding wax. The final candle, possibly a beeswax candle, will have no identifiable scent or change in appearance from canola oil.

All three of these common vegetable oils offer affordable and versatile solutions to facilitate easy candle removal when working with quality flexible silicone molds of all shapes and sizes, from the bottom of the mold to the top.

Step-by-Step Guide for Making Candles with Silicone Molds

Follow this simple 12-step method to make flawlessly molded candles at home using silicone candle molds.

1. Prepare the mold

Before pouring any wax, prepare your silicone mold for success:

  • Ensure the mold is completely clean and dry.
  • Apply mold-release spray if needed.
  • Flex the sides to loosen the material.
  • Attach the wick using a rod or sticker on the bottom tab.

2. Melt Wax to the Proper Temperature

Melt wax slowly to the temperature listed on the package, generally 185 to 200°F, ensuring it’s ready to pour the wax into the silicone rubber mold. Overheating can burn the wax.

3. Add Dye and Scent (Optional)

Once the wax is melted, stir in oil-based dye and fragrance as desired, a few drops at a time, then carefully pour the wax into the mold.

4. Allow Wax to Cool Slightly

Let the wax cool to 5–10 degrees below the recommended temperature of the package before pouring. This allows a margin of error for further cooling.

5. Carefully Pour Wax into Mold

Slowly pour wax into the silicone mold, avoiding spilled wax on the sides or edges. Filled too quickly, wax can have bubbles.

6. Let the Candles Set Undisturbed

As wax begins hardening, avoid vibrations or bumps. This can cause cracks or indents. Cooling takes 30 minutes to 2 hours.

7. Pop Sides Gently to Loosen

Carefully flex the mold sides once the wax feels hardened, and grip the candle bottom to start sliding out.

8. Turn Over and Push Out Bottom

Invert the mold and gently press the base to release the candle downward. Using gravity in this way protects the top design.

9. Trim and Finish Details

Trim the wick to 1/4 inch in length. Use a heat gun to smooth imperfections on curved or detailed surfaces.

10. Choose Container or Display

Without a container, pillar candles need a candle base. Or place in glass to avoid wax pooling.

11. Make Multiple Sets

Reuse silicone repeatedly for matching candle sets. Consistent molds prevent variations.

12. Clean Mold Promptly After Use

Cleaned properly after each use, silicone molds produce countless candles without wear.

Troubleshooting Tricks

Don’t worry if your first attempts have issues like bubbles, cracks, or sticking. Here are fixes for common problems:

Bubbles: Stir slower, tap mold to raise bubbles, and pour wax from a closer height.

Cracks: For optimal results, Pour wax at a higher temperature, insulate the mold during cooling, and seal with a heat gun at the top of the mold.

Sticking: Use mold release spray; allow the wax to set longer before removing

With some adjustments, you’ll be making gorgeous designer candles!

Preparing and Customizing Your Silicone Molds

Before pouring wax into your silicone mold, proper preparation is key to removing your finished candle. You may need to use mold-release sprays like silicone or vegetable oil so the hardened wax releases properly without sticking. Ensure the mold is at room temperature, then carefully center the wick. The versatile silicone material allows candles to slide out smoothly when inverted. Custom molds can have intricate edges and bases, requiring gentle maneuvering to remove the candle from the mold fully intact. If designs resist releasing, briefly place the mold in the freezer to solidify wax for easy extraction—no damage to the durable silicone, which is now ready for repeated candle making with proper release.

Inspiring Candle Shape Ideas

Silicone molds provide unlimited candle shapes, unlike basic round or square pillar designs. Consider these creative ideas:

  • Holiday themes: trees, snowmen, wreaths, stars, and hearts
  • Flowers: roses, daisies, lilies, and lavender
  • Animals: cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, frogs, and turtles
  • Shapes: clouds, crescent moons, yin-yang symbols
  • Food themes: lemons, cupcakes, fruit, vegetables
  • Natural items: seashells, stones, and wood logs
  • Objects: books, hats, planters, houses, cars

Let your imagination run wild using silicone candle molds for unique creations! Misshapen or asymmetrical designs are harder with rigid molds. Silicone flexes perfectly.

Ready to Make Your Own Custom Candles?

As you can see, making candles with silicone molds at home is simple and fun! With a few supplies and our step-by-step guide, you’ll be designing incredible candles in all shapes and sizes in no time.

Key takeaways:

  • Silicone allows for detailed candle designs not possible with glass or metal, making it perfect for any type of candle.
  • Prepare the mold correctly with release spray and a centered wick.
  • Melt the wax fully, then pour at the manufacturer’s recommended temperature.
  • Cool completely before gently flexing the mold to remove
  • Customize colors, scents, and shapes for beautiful gifts.

The possibilities are endless with silicone molds. Let us know how your molded candle making goes!

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