Follow the half-inch wax rule: Always monitor the amount of remaining wax in a candle container. Once the wax falls below the half-inch mark (1.27 centimetres), discontinue use. The container can heat up when the flame nears the base of the jar and there is not much remaining wax. Following this rule will help prevent heat damage to the container and the surface surrounding the candle.
Putting out your candle: Try to always use a proper candle snuffer to extinguish your candles as this will prevent the wick from moving and wax from spilling. This will also assist in maximising your burn times. We sell candle snuffers .
Votives: Always use the appropriate votive glassware to burn these types of candles as the wax will liquify because it is low melt wax. The inside of the votive glass should be a similar size to the votive candle itself as if the container is too wide, the flame will not reach all the liquid wax and excess wax will remain. Generally, if the votive candle fits the glass more snugly, it will burn for longer.In order to help protect your votive glassware from excessive heat, once you have made your wax candle in a mould and before you place it in a votive container, you can try adding a tiny amount of water (1/4 of a teaspoon) to the candle container. This will also make cleaning easier if you want to get repeated use out of your candle glassware.
Cracking Defects: There are many variables in candle making so it's no surprise that we receive many questions related to differences between batches of candles. Some of these include varying types of dye or colour, different types of fragrance and also different percentages of fragrance used, many different types of vessels, i.e. glassware, ceramics & tins all with differing thicknesses and properties and one of the most important variables is temperature.
Adhesion or 'Wet Spot' Issues: This is a very common occurrence so do not worry. Poor adhesion can also be described as wet spots on the side of the glass and looks like a ‘wet’ appearance in parts. First, it’s worth pointing out that this is a very common occurrence when making candles in glassware, particularly with clear glasses whereby it’s easily visible, and natural waxes can also be more prone to it. If you do some research, you will find even some of the most expensive soy wax candles from large manufacturers have the same result. You are certainly not doing something wrong if you do see some container adhesion and it most certainly will not affect the way the candle burns.
Spilt Wax Removal: If you accidentally spill candle wax, ensure that you let it harden so it can be easily removed in pieces. Cover it with paper towels, newspaper or similar spare material you have lying around and gently press with an iron on low heat. The spilt wax should melt and absorb into the paper.
Blackened Edges of Glass: If your candle glass starts to blacken with use, remember to keep the wick trimmed. Also always wait until after the candle is extinguished and cooled before removing the black marks with a dry paper towel.
Extinguishing the Wick: To extinguish the candle flame, use a snuffer or carefully dip the wick into melted wax and then straighten to prevent smoking and prevent hot wax splatter. Try to avoid blowing candle flames out and do not extinguish with water as this can cause containers to break.
Maximising your Scent Throw: In order to maximise fragrance scent throw in a room, keep doors and windows closed and burn for 30 minutes. Opening windows and doors will help the scent to disperse