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Oh Bubbles, Be Gone with Thee!!!

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Arghhh. I know. The nature of the beast.

 

I pour hot, less bubbles but I melt the embed.

 

I pour cooler, embed in tact but a legion of BUBBLES!  :angry2:  :angry2:  :angry2:

 

I wish there were an easier way, other than that $3000 gel bubble eliminator machine! The sunny window trick was just that, a trick.

 

I am feeling discouraged; any suggestions, tips or advice from all the experienced gel chandlers would be very much appreciated!

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With concrete a vibrating table does the trick. Would that work for gel? A friend made a small table using a palm sander as the vibrating motor.

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Bubbles are the bane of gel wax. Pour slow over the back of a warm spoon that trick does work. Those fancy machines are cool, but you can make something much cheaper. You can get a paint pot at harbor freight also the compressor or a vacuum pump.

 

 

This is what you are looking to make or get one of these.

https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/p/16/6049/Hold-Fast-Vacuum-Stabilization-Chamber-Kit-w-Vacuum-Generator?term=vacuumsystem

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HJHMUT6/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_3?pf_rd_p=1944687462&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B00DAYQQV0&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0X4CB7KD230G8EQ9BHB8

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Bubbles are the bane of gel wax. Pour slow over the back of a warm spoon that trick does work. Those fancy machines are cool, but you can make something much cheaper. You can get a paint pot at harbor freight also the compressor or a vacuum pump.

This is what you are looking to make or get one of these.

https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/p/16/6049/Hold-Fast-Vacuum-Stabilization-Chamber-Kit-w-Vacuum-Generator?term=vacuumsystem

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HJHMUT6/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_3?pf_rd_p=1944687462&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B00DAYQQV0&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0X4CB7KD230G8EQ9BHB8

Wow! Awesome, thank you for this information!

Yesterday I was feeling really discouraged; but back to the drawing board today with mild success. I poured hotter, then left it in the oven to remove bubbles. I turned off the oven and added the frozen embed once the gel was warm enough to still immerse it. It came out far better than yesterday; a few bubbles but much better!

I would LOVE this machine to skip all the oven business though!

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I don't make gel so please don't slap me...I like the look of bubbles in gel candles.  If I made them I might feel differently as we tend to strive for perfection.  Just know

that as a consumer they don't bother me one bit.

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Pour slowly and keep the spout of your melting pot as close to the top of the candle as you can. If you're worried about your wax embeds melting from the hot gel to reduce bubbles, try freezing your embed first. I haven't made candles in many years but Im pretty sure that the freeze the embeds method worked for me with my jelly jars.

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