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For those of you that make pillars using the tealight inserts, what type of wax do you use for the pillar? I have tested 4045H, w/4761 chunks and when the tealight finishes burning it has melted the wax some and you can't hardly get the empty tealight out. I love the look of the 4045H, but it doesn't seem that the MP is high enough to use for this particular candle. Any suggestions? TIA Portia

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might try using plastic tealights instead of the metal ones. They don't get as hot. Additionally, if you go with a hurricane wax like the 5055 or there is a 4045 which are I think hurricane waxes. Donita uses the 5055 or something like that. there are waxes out there like hurricane waxes that have a higher mp even than a pillar wax.

As far as additives that could raise the meltpoint someone else is gonna have to chime in there.

Just some ideas.

-Luke-

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well then I'm out of suggestions...unless...does it burn down into the wax?

I make some candles that are sort of like this and you could get a sheet of glass from the craft store and cut a circle or just put some crushed glass into the bottom of the hole...

I imbed glass into a lot of my candles on the floor of them so the tealights wont burn down into the candle...sand also works well...but this might not be applicable on a very small scale.

Someone will chime in here soon that actually knows what they are talking about.

:P

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Well, using hurricane wax didn't work either, the tealight still melted enough wax that you have to pry the cup out. I guess I'm gonna have to go with the cork insert idea. UGH,,,,,,,Portia
If you are buying from Candlewic they have a 5560 wax that is much higher MP than the 5055. Hopefully 160 is higher than the melt pool temp of a tealight. IGI 1260 is very high MP also.
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it would probably be worth it to set a tealight on a hard surface and touch the tip of a glass thermometer to the side of it and just leave it there for 3 to five hours and record the temperature.

alternately a digital thermometer would help a lot.

This might give you an idea of how high your wax MP needs to be in the minimum.

When it doubt, start testing everything.

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Why not just get the glass inserts to put your tea-light cup in, then the glass insert goes into the pillar, that way you can use the 4045H . They're kind of like the oyster cups, but a smaller and straighter, designed for this purpose. Can't remember where I've seen them but I've seen them.

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