Casting resin in candle molds

Casting resin in candle molds

A resin experiment gone right -- how to cast resin in a candle mold

A resin experiment gone right!

by Penny Reid

This is a resin experiment that worked …mostly!

I found this mold in the bargain bin of my local art store.  It had 6 rectangles, approximately 1 inch x 1.2 inches and is meant for candles.  I’m not sure how they are used, not being a candle hobbyist, but the price was right to do some experimenting with.

Although I’m always excited to experiment I never expect too much because bringing an idea to execution is, as many of you know, challenging. However, I am never deterred from trying, after all art is experimentation.  That is what makes it so fun and keeps me coming back for more!

STEP 1

Thinking that this experiment didn’t warrant a resin mix in itself because it was a small project.  I waited until my next resin pour which ended up being leftover Super Clear Resin, I mixed with Resin Obsession transparent purple color pigment.  I sprayed the mold with Castin’ Craft Mold Release and filled 4 of the molds about 1/3 full.

resin castings from a candle mold

STEP 2

The next day I popped them out, which was not easy.  This is always a risk you have with working with molds not made for resin or are not made from silicone.  Thank goodness I used the mold release or they may not have come out at all! I was left with mostly opaque purple squares and a mold that will never work again.

I put them aside and thought I would try my newly acquired Pearl Ex in my next resin pour.

STEP 3

There are often ridges where you pour resin in molds that I generally sand off.  In this case, I left them on so that when I poured in more resin it would be ‘cradled’ somewhat. In my next resin pour, using the leftover bit of Super Clear Resin I had, I poured it on the pieces and added my favourite teal sparkles I use on everything.  Then, I used 4 different types of metallic Pearl Ex powdered pigments, putting in only a miniscule amount on the top of my toothpick.  I then used my toothpick to swish them around into somewhat of a design.

purple resin charms

STEP 4

The next day revealed that of the four, one turned out way cooler then I could have expected. The other three were either over poured and a big resin mess or under poured and just boring.  Here are two of them, the other one was too messy and went straight to the garbage.

resin charm with teal sparkles

Here is the one I really like…..

resin pendant tutorial

STEP 5

I sanded down rough edges, glued a bail to the back, added a chain and now I have a new, quite fancy necklace. Now I just need a fancy event to go to!

So it looks like casting resin in candle molds might be an option!

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10 Comments

Rijacki Ledum

Lovely necklace piece. I sometimes use the casting ridges bezel-ish, too. Since that edge is not always even, it can be tricky. I really love what you did with the Pearl Ex and teal sparkles. The end result, at least for the one, is quite lovely.

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Kathy

These look gorgeous! I would love to see a video tutorial on how you worked with the the tootpick/pigments. I always try swirl techniques and am not good at it. Or maybe someone could make. Video on swirls with diffrent pigments/paints 🙂

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Rhonda J Hunter

It sounds like the mold was meant for scented wax “tarts” that you put in a tart warmer. The size is right for those. I made some for my niece last Christmas in her favorite spice scents to go with a new tart warmer. I think she used most of them up while we were visiting LOL!

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Rhonda J Hunter

I used an old plastic ice cube tray filled 1/4″ deep to make pendant, and it melted like that, too.

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Renate

I really like both of those final resin pieces. They are so striking and make beautiful pendants! I love the idea of swirling pigment powders, that is so clever and I need to remember that next time I work with resin.

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Adekola Mustapha

Please I can’t afford buying resin or export it , is there anyway I can learn the production and pay for it ,I needs it for casting artificial marble

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Carolyn Wheeler

Lovely piece! I’d like to know where you buy those “favorite teal sparkles ” – they are great and I can see why you use them on everything. Where can I find them?

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Hilary Dodds

I love experimenting, I also find keeping ‘rejects’ a good idea to remind you later or to show ‘what not to do’ many thanks for your info on the finished piece, good luck with the place to go!

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