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A votive candle is similar to a pillar candle but it is not freestanding and, rather, is removed from the mould and kept until being placed into a votive-specific container. Votive candles form the perfect balance between container candles and small tealights. Another great feature of votives is that because they are created using a mould and a wick pin, they usually look so perfect you can't even tell they are homemade!
If you want to protect your work space from wax spillage, lay down some old newspaper. Ensure that your votive moulds are clean and ready to be used. If they are dirty, wipe them out using a paper towel and a small amount of rubbing alcohol.
Insert and carefully centre one votive wick pin into each votive mould. The wick pin is going to reserve a small tunnel through the votive candle so that once is is set we can remove the wick pin and insert the actual candle wick.
Let the wax cool to the proper pouring temperature which if you are using tart wax is 65 degrees Celsius.
Add 4 to 6% fragrance and stir gently for a minute or so. This means that each votive (55 grams of wax), uses between 2 and 3.5 grams of fragrance depending on the percentage you choose to employ.
Slowly pour the wax mixture up to the top of each votive mould. Votive candles do require a second pour so be sure to reserve some of the wax mixture for this.
Heat the leftover wax to pouring temperature and carefully pour into the remaining space until it fills the rest of the votive mould all the way up to the lip.
Allow your candles to cool completely. For optimal results, leave to cure for 24 hours.
Carefull remove the votive candle from the mould. They should come out quite easily, however, if you experience any problems, a good tip is to place them in the fridge briefly to allow the wax to contract from the edges of the moulds.
Once you have the votive candle separate from the mould, flip it over and carefully remove the votive wick pin by gently tapping the top of the wick pin until it releases. Be careful not to chip away at any of the edges or the base of the wax as this will affect the final appearance of the votive candle.
Once having removed the wick pin, carefully insert the CDN 7 Wick assembly into the candle.
You can now place your candles into your favourite choice of votive candle glassware. It is a great idea to add a warning label on the bottom of the votive glass.
Voila! You have now created a votive candle!
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