Candle cracking

I have made two batches of candles in the last 2 days and both of them have developed a very small crack all the way around the candle. I thought that it might be the pour temperature based on some searches I did. The first one I did, I poured at 130 degrees and the second time at 106 degrees. Both developed the same crack. I didn't move them after pouring, which can cause cracks. I did not warm the containers (first one being tin and the second glass). Any suggestions. I'd like to be able to give these candles as gifts or sell them, but I can't until I get rid of the cracking issue.

Thanks!


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Candle cracking

I am having the same problem. The glass container soy candles I make end up with many cracks when they cool. I am using Ecosoya Container Blend 135 Soy Wax. I have been looking all over the internet for a solution or suggestions and have come up with nothing. I have poured the wax anywhere from 110 degrees to 150 degrees and get the same result.
Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!
Donna C

Hello

What kind of wax are you using try pouring at 160, and see what that does.
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putt the glass in the oven on ward before you pour the wax? jsut wondering if that may be it. but you probably already do that!

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Hi Donna, Well, I've done

Hi Donna,

Well, I've done some digging and some testing and did find a few solutions. I was pouring at a really low temp (95 degrees) because that's what everyone was saying and that didn't help. I read a couple people saying that I should cool them on a cookie rack because the bottom should cool before the top (which would make sense cause if the top solidifies first, it will sink into the liquid at the bottom and cause stress fractures). I did this along with covering the top of the candle with a container and it seems to really help. I don't really get cracks much anymore except right at the wick which I can smooth out with my finger or a blow dryer. I also pour at any temp now...doing it cooler doesn't seem to help any more than pouring at 150 degrees.

I am now satisfied with how my candles look, but I am having a lot of wick problems...Ugh! I guess that's why they say: "Test, test, test". By the way, I switched to Ecosoy CB Advanced Soy and I think I like it more than the Ecosoy 135. I actually got 2 candles that turned out Perfect with it. Not a single flaw in appearance. Of course, it wouldn't burn with the wick I used in it tho :((

I use the ecosoya advanced cb

I use the ecosoya advanced cb and I have not had a single problem with it. I have never used the 135 so I can't comment on that one. As for the advanced I heat mine to 185 and pour at 135. I do not put them on a cookie rack as I would have to have a ton of those since I make tons of candles nor do I put anything over the candles. I do however place them 6 inches apart while they are cooling and leave them that way for about 48 hours or so. I have had nothing but perfect candles. I use the RRD wicks and they have worked perfectly for me. Has anyone tried the newest Ecosoya Wax Excel? Wondering how it compares to the advanced.

I use the ecosoya advanced cb

hello grubby19
your post was very helpful I also use the ecosoya advanced cb..at what temperature do you recommend adding fragrance???you said pour at 135 degrees
normally I melt my wax at 175-180 degrees. add fragrance at 160-165 degrees and pour at 125..I notice that the scent is not very strong on my finished candles..

any recommendations would be appreciated...

thank you,

I use the ecosoya advanced cb

hello grubby19
your post was very helpful I also use the ecosoya advanced cb..at what temperature do you recommend adding fragrance???you said pour at 135 degrees
normally I melt my wax at 175-180 degrees. add fragrance at 160-165 degrees and pour at 125..and has worked ok for me but I have notice that the scent is not very strong on my finished candles..do you think im adding the fragrance at the wrong temperature??

any recommendations would be appreciated...

thank you,

Ecosoya Xcel

Yes I switched from Advanced to Xcel and love it. The scent throw is better and I almost never get any wet spots or frosting. Of course frosting is greatly impacted by the type and amount of Dye and FO is used.

Anyway give Xcel a test.

Steve

Xcel

I switched from the Advanced to Xcel and now I have horrible problems with cracks about an inch around the wick. I have tried several differend things to test but can't figure it out. I switched from Advancede because the wax was pulling away from the container and it looked bad. Any suggestions?

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