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I've never used them before and am getting ready to order a few. My question is...how do you wick them and do they have a hole in the bottom? I know this is probably a silly question but the ones I've seen don't seem to have the platform on the bottom. I can only imagine using a wick pin but that wouldn't work on the ones with a concave top.

I haven't made pillars in years but my nephew has asked me to make a unity candle for his wedding in a month and I got rid of my molds a long time ago. As a rule, pillars don't sell here but I had several requests last winter so I think I'm gonna add them back and maybe offer three sizes and thought I would go with aluminum to avoid rust.

Thanks in advance for any help ya'll can give me. The pillars in the gallery are a great inspiration!

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Hi, I always wick my molds, in case of concave tops I put sealer and metal tape and the mold sit stiil straight. If it's flat I use a lid of something upside down or a couple of chopsticks as "base" and put the mold upon it.

You can use the lid even with the concave tops, if you put a big ball of sealer and the mold bends in some way.

hth

good work!

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I've wicked my aluminum pillars both ways. When I don't use a wick pin (for my square molds), I set them on a rack that my husband made so that they remain level. I use a wick pin for my round molds and they work great. They don't affect the concave tops because you are inserting the pin from the outside of the mold.

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I use jiffy wickers, much cheaper than buying a bunch of wick pins! OR you can buy some foam and washers from home depot. I use bamboo skewers to secure the wick, no need for expensive bars. I have concave molds and like another poster said put them on a rack so they lay flat. Here is what they look like, but you can make your own for pennies.

http://www.genwax.com/candles/___0___P0069756.htm

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Does using the foam and washer keep the mold from leaking? There's where I run into alot of problems some times. I use masking tape on mine the heavy duty kind and most of the time i have no problems with leaking mostly when I pour at hotter temps unless I have it taped up really good.

I think I'm going to try the metal tape technique it should withhold heat better.

I've also tried the plumbers putty with my wick pins. I don't know if it was I didn't have enough putty around the wick pin or what but it leaked I still had to put tape around the wick pin. Am I doing something wrong?

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Does using the foam and washer keep the mold from leaking? There's where I run into alot of problems some times. I use masking tape on mine the heavy duty kind and most of the time i have no problems with leaking mostly when I pour at hotter temps unless I have it taped up really good.

I think I'm going to try the metal tape technique it should withhold heat better.

I've also tried the plumbers putty with my wick pins. I don't know if it was I didn't have enough putty around the wick pin or what but it leaked I still had to put tape around the wick pin. Am I doing something wrong?

Yes, it helps with leaking. I've never had a leak with the foam & metal washers. The metal tape works too, I bought some used molds and use them w/o leaks too. I pefer the jiffy wicker since I can wick in the mold.

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I have 3x6 concave ones

I put my wick pin in the hole, put a glob of plummers putty over the base of the wick pin and put 2 pieces of metal tape, one going one way and the other going the other way like a cross.

I have poured them with no leaks, as a matter of fact, I put them 3 mins in freezer after they firm up, turn them upside down and they slide out, leaving the wick pin in.

If I have to do more of the same scent, I just repour again, I don't whipe them out or retape, just repour and they hold up from leaks. I have only reused it 3 times in a row, never tried 4 before redoing the putty and tape.

HTH

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I've used the aluminum molds for years, and settled in on a method of sealing them without the use of puttys or tapes, which I grew to hate after my first leaker. I vowed that would never happen again, and it hasn't. I use a rubber washer, passing it through a solid bar across the top of the mold, and pulling it taut. No more putty, tapes, gooey messes, and no more leaks.

Fredron

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I've used the aluminum molds for years, and settled in on a method of sealing them without the use of puttys or tapes, which I grew to hate after my first leaker. I vowed that would never happen again, and it hasn't. I use a rubber washer, passing it through a solid bar across the top of the mold, and pulling it taut. No more putty, tapes, gooey messes, and no more leaks.

Fredron

Your process sounds intriguing but I am having a hard time picturing it. (Forgive me for being a little bit "slow"...I am still very new to this business) Could you provide further explaination? How do you pass a rubber washer through a solid bar? Thank you.

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