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.
- Plastic tubing is cut in half and will serve to contain the liquid mold rubber and the model is mounted on a wooden base.
- The model is sealed with Smooth-On SuperSeal and allowed to dry. Ease Release release agent (available from Smooth-On) is applied to the model and plastic tubing to prevent the rubber from sticking.
- 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.
- Parts A & B are dispensed into a clean mixing container.
- 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.
- Next day, the plastic halves are removed. The wood model separates easily from the mold cavity.
- Hot beeswax (160° F / 70° C) is then poured into the mold cavity and allowed to cool.
- The finished wax casting is then removed from the mold. A perfect copy!
- Many candles can be made from one rubber mold.