Let Smooth-On help you get started with candlemaking basics with easy-to-use OOMOO® silicone rubber. Follow this Photo Gallery Guide and read the Technical Bulletins and you will be ready to start crafting molds so you can make your own candles.
Main items used in this Guide: 3" x 4" acrylic model container, Smooth-On measuring cup, Sonite® Wax, 2" x 3.5" wooden dowel, OOMOO® 30 Silicone Rubber, Smooth-On Golden Paraffin Blend (wax beads), wicks.
Additional items used in this Guide: brush, water, safety goggles, thermometer, utility knife, double boiler, mixing sticks, oven mitt, nail, foil, mixing cups and hot glue gun.
The aluminum foil is measured out to a sheet of 16" x 12" and folded into quarters to hold the model during the mold making process.
Recommended: Wear protective gloves and glasses.
Use the glue gun to put some glue on the bottom of the dowel.
Firmly press the dowel onto the center of the foil base for one minute to ensure that it adheres securely.
Once glued down securely, seal the top and sides of the dowel by brushing on a thin, even layer of Sonite® Wax.
Use the hot glue gun to seal at the juncture where the tube and foil meet. This will prevent the liquid rubber from escaping.
OOMOO® 30 has a Mix Ratio of 1 Part A to 1 Part B by volume. Pour 5.5 oz / 162 ml of Part A into the measuring cup.
Pour 5.5 oz / 162 ml Part B into the measuring cup.
Equal amounts of Part A and Part B total 11 oz.
Mix thoroughly; scrape the sides and bottom of the container many times until the color of rubber is uniform.
Double mix and pour, making sure there are no streaks in your mixture. Pour the OOMOO® into a second container and mix some more.
Pour the rubber at the lowest point in the acrylic tube and let the rubber flow around the model. A long, thin stream is advised in order to reduce the amount of potential air entrapment in the rubber.
Let the rubber flow up and over the top of the model by 1/2".
Wait at least 6 hours for the OOMOO® 30 rubber to cure.
After 6 hours, remove the foil from the model base.
Remove acrylic tube by carefully cutting in a straight line vertically from the top to the base of the tube. Do not cut yourself!
Slowly peel the plastic away from the OOMOO® rubber mold.
Remove the wooden dowel model from the OOMOO® rubber mold.
Trim any excess rubber from the rim of the mold.
Turn your attention to the double boiler, water and hot plate.
Set the larger pan onto the hot plate. Pour 1" of water into the bottom of the larger pan.
Place the smaller top chamber of the double boiler in place on top of the larger pan that you just poured water into.
Pour 1/2 of the bag (about 16 oz) of wax beads (Smooth-On Golden Paraffin Blend) into the double boiler.
Set the double boiler on high.
Put the lid on and allow the wax to reach 180°F/82°C.
When the wax beads melt and change from opaque to translucent in appearance, insert the wax thermometer to verify the temperature. The ideal pouring temperature of the liquid wax is 180°F / 82°C.
The wick is 6" long with a metal base. The mold cavity is 3.5" deep.
Measuring the wick length - Center the metal wick base in the bottom of the mold. Wrap excess wick around a nail or similar object (pencil) to eliminate any excess length.
Securing the wick base to the bottom of the mold - Immerse the metal base base in the hot wax. This will secure it to mold bottom and hold it in place while the wax is poured.
Secure the wax-dipped metal base in bottom of mold. Rest the nail over mold opening, making sure it is centered.
The mold is now ready for the wax pour. Pour the wax carefully to avoid disturbing the nail or spilling wax. Wear gloves if the pot handle is hot.
Let the wax cool for two hours. As the wax cools it will shrink and form a depression around the wick. Trim with scissors leaving 1/2" of wick over the top of the mold.
Bring the wax back up to melting / pouring temperature and fill the depression (top off the mold). Let the wax cool for two hours.
The finished candle is removed from the mold.
The candle is now ready to be enjoyed. Your OOMOO® 30 mold can be used to cast many more candles.
You can use OOMOO® 30 mold rubber to make a mold of almost any original. Candle styles are endless - be creative!