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How to fix holes in the side of your candles

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This article assumes some knowledge of candle making. If you're a complete beginner, why not try one of our candle making kits first. They all come with a free "How to make candles" booklet.

How to fix holes in the side of your candles.

This is a different problem from sinkholes. Which are a hole in the top of your candle, usually around the wick. This is covered in another article on our website and is a perfectly normal part of candle making.

Holes in the side of your candle on the other hand are not normal. This is of course a problem that you are going to have to solve. The holes could be caused by air bubbles getting stuck in the candle mould. Immediately after pouring, tap the mould to help dislodge any air bubbles.

If it's a small hole, you could try repairing it rather than destroy the candle. Melt a little wax of the same colour and drip some in to the hole. You can also do this by lighting another candle of the same colour and hold it over the hole to allow the molten wax to drip in to the hole. Whichever method you use, when the wax is still hot and solid, use a heated spoon or the flat of a knife to smooth the repair. A heat gun can also help with the final finish. It is possible to achieve perfect unnoticeable results, in a fraction of the time it would take to remould the candle.

If it's a larger hole, you are probably better off remelting your candle and starting again. If the problem persists, experiment with the temperatures of your mould and wax, until you fix the problem. You could also try insulating your mould with foil and / or a towel or similar to slow the cooling process. You could also try placing the mould in water.

We have come across this problem, and it is often hard to pinpoint the cause. Experimentation should lead to the solution.

Warning! Making basic candles is not difficult, but getting perfect results takes time and practice. Never leave a lit candle unatended, below or close to other objects. Keep out of the reach of children and animals.

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