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Hello everyone! Just started making pillars and had a basic question or two. Pic attached of a recent attempt.

First - I do three pours for a pillar. The second is to fill the space created by the holes I punch, then I do a final pour to finish it off. Seems like I am getting some rough edges around the candle though. I also get that little band sometime right at the top.

Do you guys recommend two or three pours? Any other advice? Oh - how important is it to use a thermometer? I dont.

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You need to pour your final pour hotter than the first or second so the wax adhers well to the other wax. That should ellminate the line you see. I also do 3 three pours on straight paraffin wax. And a thermometer is very important to get the proper melting, mixing, and pouring temperatures. Also, to know how much higher to heat your wax for the final pour. All that being said, your candle is very pretty and cheerful looking.

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You need to pour your final pour hotter than the first or second so the wax adhers well to the other wax. That should ellminate the line you see. I also do 3 three pours on straight paraffin wax. And a thermometer is very important to get the proper melting, mixing, and pouring temperatures. Also, to know how much higher to heat your wax for the final pour. All that being said, your candle is very pretty and cheerful looking.

Ok, so newbie question: do you actually need to make sure the re-pour is hotter than the original pour, or just hot enough to melt the wax? Does that make sense?

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When pouring a pillar, generally the bottom of the mold is the top of the candle. If you flip the pillar over and level the bottom you won't have that stripe issue anymore. :smiley2:

Thermometers are very important for consistency, especially if you're going for a specific look/effect for your candle. Some designs require hotter pours and some cooler pours.

Your second & third pours should be hotter so the newly poured wax will adhere to the cooler wax.

Best of luck!

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