That is one huge candle! Yes, it can be done. Pour as you normally would for a pillar candle. You may have to do more than two pours due to the size of your candle. Wicking type is the same. Practice with smaller candles and find a wick that you like the burn, flame size and quality. Then measure the diameter of the burn pool for that wick. Overlap the burn pool diameters a bit to get even burning when you layout the wick pattern. Leave about a half-inch wall on the candle as it burns down.
Generally no. Sometimes the fragrance, dye and technique combination do cause excess shrinkage resulting in the need for two pours. Make the first pour at 155°F by filling the mold to within 1/8 inch from the top. Allow the candle to cool until it has a congealed center with no liquid. If the top of the candle has “skinned” over, poke two holes into the candle near the wick and pour a second time at 145°F to completely fill the votive mold. See PB instructions for further details.
Be sure your wick is appropriate for the candle. The wick should leave a thin wall as it burns down without guttering (causing a hole in the wall that allows the wax to spill out). Thick walls tend to crack. If the wick is not the problem, try any or all of the following:
- Change your type of fragrance
- Add a few percent soybean oil or castor oil
- Change your pour temperature either up or down by 10 to 30 degrees
- As a last resort, add about 10% to 20% beeswax
Pour the first at 155°F by filling the mold to the top and allowing the candle to cool until it’s still warm with a congealed center that has no liquid. If the top of the mold (bottom of the candle) has “skinned” over and left a void inside, poke two holes into the candle near the wick and pour a second time at 145°F. Do not pour past the solidified wax of the first pour; you are “filling” the first pour. Cool at room temperature. See PB instructions for further details.
Try any or all of the following:
- Candle release spray
- A mold made of a different material
- Choose a different fragrance and dye
- Add a few percent Triple Pressed Palm Stearic Acid
- Increase your pour temperature
- Decrease your cooling temperature