With the proper care, candle making molds can provide an endless supply of beautiful candles and last
practically forever. As with everything though, care must be taken to insure that they last. When it
comes to candle making molds and maintenance, there are several things to keep in mind, and it begins
with the purchase.
Most candle making molds are made of one or two materials, plastic and metal. The industry standard is
metal because stainless steel accepts changes in temperature without warping over time. This is not to
say that all plastic molds are bad, only that extra precaution must be taken. If you choose to buy plastic,
look for the sturdiest plastic available. You could mold candles in an ice tray, but the flimsiness of the
plastic would pose a problem after several melts. Stainless steel holds up better over time, but they have
some extra considerations also.
The most important part of caring for candle making molds is the same thing that you would do when
caring for your dishes. It begins with cleanliness. It is imperative that you wash your molds
immediately after each use. This prevents excess wax from setting inside the mold, rendering it almost
impossible to clean later. It is best to hand wash your molds also. Dishwashers create an enclosed space
that has intense heat and moisture that can cause molds, especially plastic to become warped or
misshapen. When it comes to stainless, you should wash and dry immediately. While these candle
making molds will not rust, water can collect in some of the bends and cracks in the metal, potentially
creating problems with candles later.
The second most important part of maintaining candle making molds is storage. If they are plastic, it is
crucial that they are stored clean and dry, in a cool place. Never keep them near the stove. Plastic will
warp over time anyway; the constant temperature changes will make them lose shape prematurely. This
can mean the difference between you being able to make many popular candles cons