BeeSkep II (Johnstown, NY) began as a kitchen operation in 1993. The unique designs and high quality of the 100% pure beeswax candles quickly turned Beeskep II into a thriving candlemaking enterprise. Beeskep II now offers many different styles to customers worldwide.
To meet a growing demand, Beeskep II started making their own candle molds with Smooth-On mold rubbers.
"My own molds are lasting much longer which cuts down on my labor & material costs. I literally get thousands of castings from a single Smooth-On mold." Bob Maring-BeeSkep II
Making A Candle Mold With BeeSkep II.
BeeSkep II has refined their mold techniques over the years, and offers tips for making production candle molds from simple wooden models.
1.Plastic tubing is cut in half and will serve to contain the liquid mold rubber
2.The model is mounted on a wooden base.
3.The model is sealed with Smooth-On SuperSeal and allowed to dry.
4.Ease Release release agent (available from Smooth-On) is applied to the model and plastic tubing to prevent the rubber from sticking.
5.The plastic tubing halves are assembled around the model and base, and are then secured with hose clamps. A holding fixture is positioned to center the model and prevent movement when rubber is poured.
6.Parts A & B are dispensed into a clean mixing container.
7.Parts A & B are thoroughly mixed and slowly poured into the plastic tubing around the model. The liquid rubber is then allowed to cure overnight.
8.Next day, the plastic halves are removed. The wood model separates easily from the mold cavity.
9.Hot beeswax (160° F / 70° C) is then poured into the mold cavity and allowed to cool.
10.The finished wax casting is then removed from the mold. A perfect copy!
With this single rubber mold, BeeSkep II will make thousands of candles.