Oliver Wicksmith is a professional candle maker and instructor with a background in chemistry. He specializes in creating eco-friendly candles using sustainable materials and techniques. Oliver is dedicated to teaching others the art of candle making and promoting a greener lifestyle.
Dear Candle Lover,
Thank you for reaching out with your question about preserving sculptures made from candle wax. I understand how important it is to keep your beautiful creations intact and prevent them from melting. Luckily, there are a few simple techniques you can use to protect your wax sculptures and keep them looking stunning for years to come.
1. Choose the right wax: When creating sculptures from candle wax, it's essential to use a wax that has a higher melting point. Beeswax, for example, is an excellent choice as it has a higher melting point compared to other waxes. This will make your sculptures more resistant to melting in warmer temperatures.
2. Add a protective coating: Applying a protective coating to your wax sculptures can help shield them from heat and prevent melting. One popular method is to use a clear acrylic spray or a clear wax sealer. Simply spray or brush a thin layer over your sculpture, making sure to cover all surfaces. This will create a barrier that helps preserve the shape and integrity of your artwork. You can learn more about this and other techniques in our candle making classes.
3. Display in a cool area: Heat is the enemy of wax sculptures, so it's crucial to display them in a cool area of your home. Avoid placing them near direct sunlight, radiators, or other sources of heat. Instead, choose a spot that is away from heat sources and has good air circulation. This will help maintain a cooler temperature and reduce the risk of melting.
4. Handle with care: When handling your wax sculptures, be gentle and avoid touching them with bare hands. The natural oils on your skin can transfer to the wax and cause it to soften or melt. If you need to move or clean your sculptures, wear clean cotton gloves to protect them from any potential damage.
5. Consider temperature control: If you live in a particularly hot climate or have a room that tends to get warm, you may want to invest in temperature control options. For example, using a dehumidifier or air conditioner can help regulate the temperature and humidity levels in your home, creating a more stable environment for your wax sculptures.
Remember, while these techniques can help prevent melting, it's important to keep in mind that wax sculptures are still delicate and can be affected by extreme temperatures. It's always a good idea to periodically check on your sculptures and make any necessary adjustments to ensure their preservation.
I hope these tips help you keep your wax sculptures looking beautiful and intact. If you have any more questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out. Happy sculpting!
Candle Maker and Instructor at Candle Fairy