One strategy to create rustic looking candles.
Contributed by Alan Wallace
Pouring candles at cooler temperatures can produce some interesting surface "blemishes." The rustic surface finish of these candles makes them a suitable compliment for many decors. It also does an excellent job at concealing nicks and scratches that may occur in handling.
Instructions: Melt a wax suitable for pillars (ex. IGI-1343) to 175F, adding dye and fragrance oil as usual. Then allow the wax to cool to a temperature of about 10 degrees F above the specified melting point of the wax. In a sloppy fashion, pour several ounces of the wax into a room temperature, or slightly chilled, metal mold (aluminum or tin works fine) that has been prepared with a light film of mold release. After pouring in a manner that splashes some wax along the sides of the mold, pause for about 3-5 seconds. Then fill the mold the remainder of the way in a fairly quick motion. If you pour too slow, you'll get something called "jump-lines." Moving the mold to a water bath after it has been filled with wax will aid in clean mold release.