Candle mold release is one of the handiest products for candle makers to have in their arsenal of supplies. This simple product can sometimes mean the difference between a simple step in the candle making process and a very frustrating experience.
What is Candle Mold Release?
Mold release is a product that is used to help finished, cooled candles pop out of their molds easily. It is most often produced as a silicone spray, which is applied directly to the inside of the candle mold. Release spray works with most types of candle wax and most candle molds, including solid molds and those that fit together in two or more pieces.
This product is especially helpful for certain types of candle molds, such as:
- Brand new candle molds
- Older molds that might have scratches, small dents, or other wear and tear
- Candle molds with intricate designs or patterns
- Molds that are made from a single piece of metal or plastic, and require sliding the entire piece of wax out through one end when set.
Another type of mold release comes in the form of a wax additive called release wax. This is a powdery additive that increases the amount of fatty acid in candles, making them a little slicker and easier to remove from molds.
How to Use Mold Release
Candle mold release is very simple to use. Here's how to prepare your candle molds with release spray, either before you begin making candles or while waiting for the wax to melt.
- Make sure your molds are clean, dry, and free of dust, wax residue, or any other particles.
- In a well-ventilated area (or even outdoors), spray a thin coating of candle release spray inside the mold. The coating should be even, but don't use too much.
- Make sure that any detailing in the mold is coated so that the cooled wax won't stick and break off when you remove it.
- Wipe away any excess spray with a dry paper towel.
Now you can carry on with the rest of your candle project. A little release spray goes a long way, so make sure you don't use too much. If you find that your candles come out with a slippery residue on them you're using too much spray. This can be gently wiped away with a soft cloth or towel, but it's best to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Often you'll find that a single coat of spray will last through several uses of the mold. Check your candle molds before you each use to see if they need a fresh coat or not.
Candle Release Substitutes
Some people recommend using vegetable oil, cooking spray, or petroleum jelly in place of candle release products. These oil-based products can work, but you run the risk of a permanent sticky or tacky film on the finished candles that can sometimes even turn whitish in color.Another potential problem with oils is that they can cause bubbling or air pockets in finished candles. Professional grade products are always a better idea.
Where to Buy
Candle release spray or wax additives can be purchased wherever you normally buy candle making supplies. Here are some online stores that carry them.
Always read the instructions on the label to make sure that the release product you choose will work with the type of wax and mold you will be using.
Candle Making Made Easier
Many candle makers have horror stories of molded candles that refused to pop out of their molds. This leads to frustration and wasted time, as the candles end up chipped, dented, or even completely destroyed. Candle mold spray or wax additives can help you avoid these problems and ensure the final step of removing your candles from their molds will go smoothly.