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How do I prevent imperfections on the surface of soy wax candles?

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Even the most experienced candle maker will often find their finished soy candles have an uneven, rough surface (like the picture below). This can be caused by air escaping out of the top surface of the wax. Here are some things you can try to help correct this problem.

  • Avoid over-stirring which can produce air bubbles.

  • Pour at a slightly hotter (+5°F) temperature.

  • Heat your containers to 90-100°F in a warm oven.
  • Pour more slowly.

  • Tap the glassware gently right after you've poured the wax to release any air bubbles.
  • Cool the candle at room temperature. Avoid extremely hot or cold rooms. Also, keep them spaced about 4-5 inches apart from one another.

  • Try to avoid cooling directly on a solid surface, which can either retain heat or pull heat away. A cooling rack is useful!
  • After the candle has cooled, re-pour about 1/8th of an inch of melted wax on the top surface of the cooled candle.

  • After your candles have cured, you can use a heat gun to help fix minor issues. Check out our FAQ on correcting surface flaws.

For additional help, check out our Troubleshooting Guide!


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