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    This is the first time this has happened to me and I don't know why.

    I used the same formulae that I always do, 7% F/O, heat to 80 then add the f/o and pour at 75-80.

    It's got a lovely cold throw, so i'm pleased with that, just not the look of it at all.

    One of them looks cracked on top, the other is a close up, i think it's mottled.

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    One thought, was the mould you were using warm or cold? I think this mottled appearance can occur when the wax is poured into a cool or cold mould.
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    • #3
      Hi JenR, the mould was cold but room temp. The really mottled looking one is also got speckles of matte look down one side where the rest of it is shiny.... Guess ill burn these ones lol.
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      • #4
        With my hurricane moulds, and I'm not sure its the same with your moulds, but my metal moulds nearly always need warming up as I like a nice glossy appearance, otherwise I seem to get a patchy appearance like you describe.
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        • #5
          These are definitely mottled and this can be caused by several things:

          * Too much oil in the wax - You mention that they were made to the same formula as before. Does this formula include exactly the same ingredients? i.e. the same FO and the same wax? Different FOs, especially from different suppliers, can have a different makeup meaning more oil in the mix than you'd get by using another FO.

          * Using a mineral oil as mould release - As mentioned by CandleMan in the past, you can achieve this effect by wiping the insides of your moulds with mineral oil prior to pouring (it's a lot cheaper than buying the specially formulated mottling wax and in my experience, yields far greater results!)

          * Using too much FO in your formula - Although at 7% this is not the issue for you.

          * Not stirring enough. If the wax and FO are not properly blended you can see this effect as the FO tried to escape from the wax during cooling.

          Good news is, adding a very small amount of Vybar to your formula will stop this happening altogether. Unless you use the Vybar that is specially formulated to allow mottling.

          I quite like the effect. Many people spend lots of time trying to perfect it and you're making it happen by accident!

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          • #6
            Oh i do wonder spencer if i didnt stir enough. Im going to make more on thurs when not at work, and after i get a new thermometer which i managed to drop after pouring these lol.

            I like the mottled look if it was all the way through the candle but its only on the top and a speck on one side
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