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    Rebatching fugly pillars

    by Georgia

    Rating for class: Beginner-intermediate.


    a) Basic knowledge of pillar candle making

    Materials needed for class:

    1 (or more) fugly pillar – wrong color(s), bad layering, or sun faded.

    Protected work surface – wax paper, butcher paper, newspaper

    Oven mitt, gardening gloves or wad of paper towels to cushion hand

    Extra pillar wax

    FO and color optional

    Tools for class:

    Mold with wick or wick pin

    Double boiler or presto

    Large butcher knife


    Start with one faded, too dark, wrong color or just plain fugly candle. This one started out lavender, white and purple and after a day in the sunshine ended up brown, yellow and purple. Yuk!

    Cover your work surface with butcher paper, wax paper, newspaper, or, in my case, a sheet of .040” thick polycarbonate.

    Prepare your mold with wick or wick pin and figure how much wax will be needed for the new mold. Weigh your prepared mold. Mine weighs 7 oz.

    If you start with a 3x3 pillar you can end up with a 3x4 pillar. Or if you use the excess for the over pour, you can end up with a 3x3. I started with a 3x3 and prepared a 3x4 mold. The “Handy Calculator” http://www.candletech.com/general-in...dy-calculators/ says I need 20 oz of wax, but I know with my wax I need 22 oz.

    1 faded

    Using a butcher knife and something to cushion your hand, start by cutting the candle in half. Along with giving you a larger flat area to work with it allows you to see if you had any air pockets in the candle. Dissection is a good thing to do every now and then.

    I have my old Tigger hot mitt, but gardening gloves or a wad of paper towels work well.

    2 half

    Start slicing the candle. Make cuts from 1/8” to ¼” to 3/8” thick. Vary the thicknesses to give some chunks and some shreds.

    3 shred

    You will end up with a pile of wax looking somewhat like pulled pork.

    4 pulled pork Wax

    If your mold is really cold, zap the bottom with the heat gun. Dump handfuls of wax into your prepared mold. Shake and tamp to pack it in fairly well. I use my fingers to press it in. As you shake the tiniest particles will end up in the bottom of the mold. You need the mold warm there or your over pour may not be warm enough to turn the crumbles into a solid candle.

    Weigh the filled mold and subtract the empty mold weight to figure how much over pour you will need. Mine weighed 25 oz. So, subtracting the empty mold weight (7 oz.), I know I have 18 oz. of shreds and need 6 oz. of over pour (22-18=6)

    5 In The mold

    Heat your over pour wax to around 190*. You can scent it or not as you wish. I don’t add anything except UV inhibitor to my over pour but you can add whatever you normally add to pillar wax – UA, vybar, steric. You can even add more color or a contrasting color.

    Pour the over pour quickly down the center of the mold. Tap the sides with a spoon to dislodge any air bubbles. You can also zap the sides with a heat gun for a smoother surface.

    6 Tap

    Now, have patience and wait for the candle to completely cool.

    These are out of the mold and looking a bit like cotton candy. Much better than the original candle! (Yes, I had more than just that little 3x3 fugly to start with!)

    7 viola

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