As discussed in an earlier post, the problem with making a macaroni and cheese candle using individual wax macaroni mixed with a cheese sauce made from Golden Soy 402 (container wax) is that it was time consuming and cumbersome to do this. The individual macaroni often broke when coming out of the mold and had to be repaired. To keep the macaroni from melting when the cheese sauce was added, I had to assemble this container in layers so that the simulated cheese sauce would have time to cool prior to adding the next layer of pasta. Although the resulting candle (pictured below) turned out quite nicely, from the viewpoint of business production, it didn’t seem practical to make many of these given how long it took to produce this candle.
The solution was to create a silicone mold for the macaroni. I did this by gluing macaroni together in a roughly cylindrical form that was designed to fit into a glass container.
Once the wick was installed, it was a simple matter to insert the pasta into the glass container and to then add the cheese sauce. Individual macaroni were added to fill in gaps and to create a small mound around the wick. The completed candle was then dusted with paprika.
While this candle took far less time to assemble than the initial production model, I wasn’t pleased with the lack of macaroni appearing along the sides of this candle. A simple solution would be to reduce the diameter of the molded macaroni being used. Light corn syrup could then be brushed over the interior of the glass container prior to adding individual macaroni. The pasta and wick could then be inserted. A cheese sauce would then be added.
While doing this would make the candle more realistic, I’m not sure if it would be practical given the time needed for assembly.
It might be easier to switch out the glass containers for a similar sized metal container.
I will have to think about this. Production costs are already higher than I anticipated. Within the past two months, I’ve spent over $5500 in wicks, candle dye, wax, candle oil fragrances, shelving, plastic crates, molds, and silicone mold making kits. I recently purchased a full sized baker’s rack with sheet pans to provide additional portable storage. There was also the cost of packing materials, adhesive labels, individual containers, a folding table, paper roll dispenser, and wire shelving to facilitate turning part of my garage into a packing area.
If I apply for my Nevada business license prior to the end of this year, I will be able to deduct all of these expenses and the use of 300 square feet of my home on my 2021 taxes.
Edit: A 3rd version of a mac and cheese candle found me abandoning the idea of a container candle in favor of creating this mac and cheese candle product.
This free standing candle is sitting slightly offset on a piece of garlic toast. Here’s a back view.
Unlike the first two versions of this mac and cheese candle, this particular one smells of mac and cheese and garlic bread.
Of the three versions of this candle, I much prefer the third one. While I understand the practicality of container candles, from an artistic viewpoint, I prefer free standing candles because they offer more scope to the imagination.