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robinson.tl

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Hi all,

I'm new to candle making and would really appreciate some advice.

I'm melting down old candles and mixing with beeswax but I notice that it needs a number of pours over time and that, on one of them, there's a hollow hole. Can anyone explain why this happens and what I might be able to do?

Thanks!

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Can anyone explain why this happens and what I might be able to do?
Pillar waxes (which is most likely what the old candles are made of) shrink down a lot. What you will need to do is after your first pour, poke relief holes, to hollow out the holes, and then do a repour. Do this as many times as needed to smooth it out.
If you don't poke the holes and just pour to smooth it out, what will happen is when you are burning the candle, it will hit one of those voids and either spill the melted wax into it and drown out the wick, or it will extinquish the wick due to the air in there. You will most likely not be able to relight the candle because of these scenarios, or relief holes are a must.
 

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