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    Gel Candles


    Source of Recipe


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    Recipe Introduction


    This makes a crystal clear gel that burns five times longer than wax.


    List of Ingredients




    2 cup s95% white mineral oil 375 degrees F Flash Point 200 Viscosity
    3/8 cup (6 tablespoons) 5% CP9000 thermoplastic resin powder
    Metal spoon
    Measuring cup
    Crockpot with a thermostat or saucepan and candy thermometer
    Wick and base
    Fragrance (optional)
    Color (optional)

    Recipe



    The formula for 1 pound of gel is .05 pound of CP9000 trp to .13 gallon of white mineral oil.

    Mix mineral oil and resin powder and allow to set at room temperature for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

    Begin heating ingredients slowly bringing to 200 to 210 degrees F and hold at this temperature for 1 hour or until the gel is completely smooth flowing and all the lumps have dissolved. (The temperature should never exceed 230 degrees F.) The consistency should be that of corn syrup. Be sure to never let the temperature exceed 230 degrees as this may scorch the gel. If gel does scorch it is worthless and no amount of fragrance can save it. Give up and start over.

    Stir the mixture often while cooking to assure proper mixture. If you don't have a crock pot be sure to watch your temp on a thermometer. The gel may smoke slightly during the process, this is not a cause for alarm unless smoke is excessive.

    Just before you are ready to pour, add fragrance to suit (do not exceed 3%) as this will lower your flash point to an unsafe level. Color should be added now if desired.

    Dip wick base in the gel, then place in bottom of container and hold for a few seconds to allow gel to adhere to the glass. This will hold your wick in place during pouring.

    Pouring the gel is easy. You can get different effects from different pouring temperatures:

    Lots of bubbles 180 to 190 degrees F
    Few large bubbles 200 to 210 degrees F
    Almost no bubbles 210 to 220 degrees F

    To ensure bubble-free candles, pre-heat the glass container for 10 minutes in preheated 150 degrees F oven.

    Tips

    To embed objects, wait 2 to 5 minutes after pouring and drop into place. Only use glass or ceramic non-flammable objects. Marbles and aquarium rocks work well.

    If you goof up some colored gel, cut them into cubes, then toss them into the glass container. Just let them lay as they fall. Pour clear gel over the top of the cubes to hold everything together.


 

 

 


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